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.

Solve it Sunday: Coffee Connundrum

Hello my dear Sherlocks, I have another puzzle for you to keep your minds fresh while you’re stuck at home.

This week is one of those puzzles that require you to fill out the table, and figure out which person has ____.

So really, it’s not a sense of doing math, but it’s a matter of using your process of elimination.

Best of luck, and as always, answers are in the comments.

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Your ability to think logically is the only thing being tested in this trial.

Five friends are in a café, discussing their musical tastes. Using the information given below, can you find the name of the espresso drinker?

-Steve is drinking cocoa, but he is not the person who likes rock, who is wearing red.
-The latte drinker is wearing black and does not like pop or classical.
-One person is wearing green.
-Bruce is not drinking cappuccino.
-Megan is not drinking cappuccino either, and she doesn’t like rock.
-Tea is being drunk by the country fan, who is not wearing cream.
-Diana likes electronicica.
-Joan is wearing blue, and does not like country or classical.

To help you solve this riddle, use this table!


How Well Do I Know My Books with Kat @ Kbookreviews

Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well.

This week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kat @ Kbookreviews. She agreed to collab with me this week, and I cam up with a bit of a fun challenge for her.

I looked through all of Kat’s book reviews that she posted on her site, and came up with 10 questions for her to solve.

Each question had a one sentence (very broad) description of one of her books, and Kat had to guess what they were.

Before we get to the answers down below, make sure to check out Kat’s guesses.

Let’s see how she did, shall we?

Clue #1: A criminal lies their way into killing an old man.

Kat’s Guess: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Answer: Mistborn: The final Empire!

I thought I might stump Kat with this one, but she caught on to the “old man” trick that I tried to trick her with. She’s too smart for me. 1 / 1

Clue #2: Doomed for death, a man uses love to change his destiny.

Kat’s Guess: The Rage of Dragons/ Starless Sea
Answer: The Rage of Dragons

Though she gave two guesses for this one, her first guess was correct, so I’ll give it to her. I really didn’t think my clues were this easy. Good job Kat. 2 / 2


Clue #3: When danger is your middle name, crime is definitely your game.

Kat’s Guess: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Answer: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This was a hard one for me to make, so I wasn’t surprised Kat knew this one. She probably got it right off the hop. 3 / 3 so far!

Clue #4:Does feeding the hungry make up for marking them for death? 

Kat’s Guess: Couldn’t think of one specific answer.
Answer: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’d never heard of this book before, but it sounds really good. I was hoping this one would stump her! 3 / 4

Clue #5: An innocent boy might not be as innocent as he seems. 

Kat’s Guess: The Devil’s Apprentice
Answer: The Devil’s Apprentice

Clearly I underestimated Kat too much. She knows her books way better than I would. 4 / 5


Clue #6: A man visits his family home, and quickly wants to restore his hometown back to its glory. 

Kat’s Guess: Salem’s Lot
Answer: Salem’s Lot

I definitely thought Kat would get this one wrong! I thought I would trick her with the returning to his childhood home. Would have thought it would make Kat think of more of a happy book or even a romance.
5 / 6

Clue #7: A gun for hire has one eye on the next job, and the other on the attractive partner in crime. 

Kat’s Guess: The Unspoken Name
Answer: House of Ash and Brimstone

OOOH Sorry Kat! Gotcha. I thought this might be a tricky one, because it looked like this might apply to a couple books. I stumped you again! 5 / 7

Clue #8: Finally back from traveling, a new home and a pregnant sister might bring a woman to her limits. 

Kat’s Guess: The Lost Ones
Answer: The Lost Ones

I knew the pregnant sister would give it away. I was hoping there would be another pregnant sister book to stump her. Oh well. Good job Kat! 6 / 8


Clue #9: A family’s name means they inherit the danger that comes with it. 

Kat’s Guess: A Throne of Swans
Answer: The Sisters Grimm

I think you had this one in mind Kat, but I got you! This was a bit of a tricky one though, so that’s okay. You’re still winning.
7 / 9

Clue #10: Traveling overseas, a woman needs to embrace her true self to survive and make it home.

Kat’s Guess: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Answer: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

I knew you’d get this one, and I will admit this is one of the few books in this collaboration that I have added to my TBR pile! 7 / 10

That’s it, that’s all! Congratulations Kat, you knew seven out of the 10 books, which is really good! I didn’t make this easy for you, but you did great.

Thank you again for the collaboration, this was a LOT of fun, and I hope next time I can trick you enough to make you get less than five!

If you’ve made it this far and haven’t checked out Kat’s page yet, please do! She has been a great inspiration for me and my blog, and if you don’t check her out I will be disappointed with you!

Solve it Sunday: Sunlight

Hello my dearest puzzle solvers. Solve it Sunday is a weekly riddle or puzzle I give to you guys to solve. Each of the puzzles were created by Einstein himself, but with a bit of logic regular people can solve them too.

Today’s puzzle only requires you to think a little bit and read carefully. As always, best of luck to you, and the answers are in the comments!

Although we are 93 million miles from the sun, light travels so swiftly that it takes just eight minutes for its light to reach our Earth. To give you an idea about the vastness of our solar system, it takes sunlight 43 minutes to reach Jupiter, one up to nearly seven hours to get out to poor Pluto. But for now, return your thoughts to this planet.

For the sake of argument, let us pretend that where you are right now, sunrise tomorrow will occur at exactly 6 a.m. However, some unknowable force interferes overnight, so that the light of the sun reaches the East almost instantly. Perhaps a wondrous portal opens that effectively cuts the travel distance of the light down to under a second. The precise mechanism does not matter. What is important is that the light's journey is shortened from eight minutes to fractions of a second, without any ill effect to us.

What time would you then expect to see tomorrow's dawn?

Solve it Sunday: Classic Riddles

Hello dear Sherlocks, I hope you’ve warmed up your brains because I have quite a few riddles for you today.

You may have heard of some of them, and you might not have, but I believe that you’ll be able to solve some of them.

If you want to find the answers, just click here.

If you like these riddles, make sure you follow me for more, either on my blog, or on social media.
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Solve it Sunday: A Bit of Polish

Hello dear readers, I hope you put on your puzzle solving hats, because I am back for another Solve it Sunday!

This one might be tricky for those who don’t live with snow in the winter, but you might know the answer anyways.

Here is the riddle, and as always, the solution is in the comments:

You will most likely have noticed that polished floors are considerably more slippery than rough (or fluffy) ones. So should it not follow that smooth ice is more slippery than bumpy ice? If you ever have occasion to pull a sledge, however, you will discover that it moves more easily over uneven ice than over smooth ice. You may also have observed that roughened ice is trickier to walk on than glossy ice.

Why do you think that is?

Solve it Sunday: Scientific Logic

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

Five scientists from different Ivy League universities were engaged in a cutting-edge space programme. From the information provided, can you say which town the Irish scientist lived in?

  • The scientist in New Haven studied astrophysics, and she was not the American, who was called Emily.
  • The British scientist lived in Cambridge and was neither Marianne nor Sophia.
  • The physics was not named Jennifer or Alice.
  • Providence was not home to the Canadian scientist.
  • Alice, an Australian, was not studying astrophysics.
  • Marianne studied biochemistry, and was not Irish.
  • One of the scientists was studying nanotechnology.
  • One of the scientists lived in New York.

The below table will help you solve this riddle.