Solve it Sunday: Ciphertext

Hello my dear Sherlocks, I have a simple cipher for you to solve today.

If you don’t know what that means, basically the letters in the cipher have been moved around out of order.

Good luck solving it, and as always, the answer is in the comments!

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In this puzzle, the challenge is to decrypt a quotation that has been made obscure by the use of a simple cipher. Are you able to work out what it says?



Solve it Sunday: Barefoot Doctor

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Here is yet another puzzle from the book Einstein’s Puzzle Universe, a book full of really fun puzzles that will really make you think.

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It is likely that you have walked around a cold house barefoot at some time or another in your life. If so, you will probably have noticed that under such conditions, carpeted floors feel warmer to walk on than tile.

It should be clear that this is the case even when there is absolutely no difference between the actual temperatures of the various stretches of flooring. So why do we perceive a difference?

As always, answer is in the comments.

Solve it Sunday: Sitting Comfortably

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Solve it Sunday.

Today’s puzzle is rather simple to test out. All it takes is you sitting down in a chair and trying it out.

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Try sitting straight on a chair, with your back and lower legs vertical, and your thighs horizontal. You will discoed that if you neither move your feet nor bend your torso forward, it is impossible to stand up.

Feel free to try it. You will be unable to stand until you either move your feet back, or your chest forward.

Why is that?

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Solve it Sunday: Trial by Logic

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Solve it Sunday.

These types of puzzles are my favourite to do…so I hope you enjoy.

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As always, answer is in the comments.

For this trial, no knowledge of the world’s workings is needed. Your ability to think logically is the only thing being tested.

A collection of sales reps find themselves stuck in an airport en route to separate business meetings. From the information below, can you say what goods the company POWER PROJECTS sell?

  • C.A.F are based in either Holland or Portugal, and their rep is traveling to either Frankfurt or Paris.
  • The Power Projects rep is traveling to either Barcelona or Prague.
  • The Belgian company sells either designer equipment or robotics.
  • The film camera company is either TekTrex or 3ird Eye, and is either Portuguese or Belgian.
  • The company that sells protective gear is sending a rep to either Prague or Frankfurt.
  • The rep who is traveling to Glasgow sells either robotics or leatherwear.
  • Karma’s rep is traveling to either Barcelona or Frankfurt, is based in either Portugal or Italy, and sells either protective gear or designer equipment.
  • 3ird Eye’s rep is traveling to Glasgow or Frankfurt, and either sells film cameras or protective gear.
  • There is a company that is based in Denmark.

Use the below table to help solve the puzzle.


I was unable to figure this one out in the end, but I did come close. I only had a few squares mixed up.

Best of luck to you, and let me know in the comments if you solved it!

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Solve it Sunday: Imitation of Reality

Hello dear readers, we are back with another Solve it Sunday post.

I hope everything is going well for you in life. Things may be scary out there, but there is a lot of light at the end of this tunnel.

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Motion pictures are a wonderful entertainment, but we should never forget that they provide an imitation of reality, rather than a reliable model. There are many possible examples of this to choose from, but let us select one of the simpler ones.

It is comparatively common, in movies, to see some unfortunate character fall from a cliff or very high building. This fate is invariably accompanied by a long scream of terror, which gets steadily fainter as the doomed victim plummets away.

What is the error commonly encountered with this sound effect?

Best of luck to solve this one and as always, the answers are in the comments.

Solve It Sunday: A Question of Displacement

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It is hopefully clear that a floating boat displaces a volume of water, and that the weight of the boat is equal to the weight of the water it displaces.

Obviously, then, placing a boat into a partly filled tank of water means that the level of water will rise. It therefore follows that if you place a lead weight into the boat, the water level will rise further.

So what will happen if you then drop that same lead weight over the side of the boat, into the water? Will the water level rise, fall, or stay the same?

This is an easy one to test out of you have a piece of paper and a few pennies.

Best of luck, and as always, answer is in the comments.

Solve it Sunday: Elevating

Hello dear readers…yet another puzzle for you to keep your mind busy during these quarantine times.

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The first elevator machine is believed to have been the invention of Archimedes, in the third century BC. It took the form of a rudimentary cab supported by a hemp rope, and powered by the manual labour of humans or animals.

It wasn’t until 1852 that Elisha Otis devised his safety elevator, designed to lock in place by toothed guides at the side of the wall, if it started moving too quickly. He demonstrated the principle at Crystal Palace in 1853, on an open elevator platform above a stage, set between two toothed girders.

Most modern elevators are derived from his designs – but unlike his demonstration, they are enclosed within shafts. Though this is primarily for convenience, what benefit does a well-fitted shaft offer that a securely enclosed cab does not.