Magic Squares from Latin Squares

The most recent game I uploaded to this site is a Printable Latin Square Puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is to arrange a set of 16 cards into a 4 by 4 grid, following certain rules.

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The Puzzle Universe – A History of Mathematics in 315 Puzzles

The other day I received a marvellous package in the post. Inside was a book, The Puzzle Universe, by Ivan Moscovich, published by Firefly Books. Ivan Moscovich has made a career out of making amazing mathematical puzzles and games.

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Movie Ticket Puzzle Solution

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It’s Monday Morning Math Time!

If you’re hungry, have a look at this yummy breakfast math video. You’ll see there’s more than one way to cut a bagel, and maybe learn a bit of topology too.

I promised to give you a solution to the movie ticket problem.
If you missed it, have a read here and see if you can solve it before you read on here!

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Old Game Now New

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Monday Morning Math is late this week, but for a good reason – I was rushing to finish the new version of my online traffic jam game! Continue reading Old Game Now New

Can You Solve This Puzzle?

I saw this puzzle the other day.

You have two fuses. Each fuse is a piece of string, that burns for exactly 1 minute. However, the fuse doesn’t burn evenly, so cutting the fuse in half doesn’t give you two 30 second fuses.

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A Simpler Solution

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Last week, I emailed you a way to solve a simple math puzzle – how do you find a rectangle whose area equals its perimeter?

I took the puzzle, mixed in a little bit of algebra, and voila! A puzzle solution factory popped out, letting you generate rectangles from pythagorean triplets.

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Rectangles and Right Triangles

Can you find a rectangle whose perimeter equals its area?

I’ll explain one way to solve this puzzle below.

Allergy warning: this product contains algebra. May contain traces of number theory.

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