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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 149

Puzzle IconYou find yourself playing a game with your friend.

It is played with a deck of only 16 cards, divided into 4 suits:

   Red, Blue, Orange and Green.

There are four cards in each suit:

   Ace, King, Queen and Jack.

Ace outranks King, which outranks Queen, which outranks Jack - except for the Green Jack, which outranks every other card.

If two cards have the same face value, then Red outranks Blue, which outranks Orange, which outranks Green, again except for the Green Jack, which outranks everything.

Here's how the game is played: you are dealt one card face up, and your friend is dealt one card face down. Your friend then makes some true statements, and you have to work out who has the higher card, you or your friend. It's that simple!

Round 3:
You are dealt the Red Queen and your friend makes three statements:

1. My card could lose to a Blue card.
2. Knowing this, if I am more likely to have an Ace or a King than a Queen or a Jack, then I have an Orange card. Otherwise, I don't.
3. Given all of the information you now know, if I am more likely to have a Jack than an Ace, then I actually have a King. Otherwise, I don't.

Who has the higher card, you or your friend?

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[Ref: ZGDD] © E.J. Shamblen 


Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 150

The BrainBashers safe has a rather unusual control panel.

In order to open the safe you have to press every single button once only, in the correct sequence, ending on the button marked E.

Each button clearly states which button to press next, for example, 2U means move up 2 buttons and 3R means move right 3 buttons.

Can you determine which button you must start with?

1D

6D

2R

3R

3L

5D

1L

1R

E

1U

3R

1R

3L

2D

2U

1D

2L

2U

1L

2D

1L

2D

2R

1D

3L

2U

3L

1D

1R

1D

2R

2D

1L

2D

1D

3R

1R

3U

4U

2U

1L

1D

2U

1R

2L

1R

4U

3U

4U

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[Ref: ZWSW] © Kevin Stone 


Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 151

Puzzle IconBelow, 10 nine-letter words have been broken into chunks of three letters.

These chunks have been mixed up, no chunk is used twice and all of the chunks are used.

Can you determine the 10 original words?

RBR TIM SAG TEL LIG ENT
HEA DLI BLE WHI HTN FER
CAR AGE ESC ING IND WAT
TIL HAI USH DIF ETA NEW
RLW ALL ERF OPE ENT GHT

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[Ref: ZGKO] © Kevin Stone 


Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 152

Puzzle IconDaft Dave, our local DIY expert, is renovating the local hospital.

He has to number each of the rooms in the hospital with plastic numbers.

However, he has run out of the number 9.

How many 9's must Dave buy in order to number all 1,000 rooms?

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[Ref: ZRQK] © Kevin Stone 

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