An artist is Kickstarting a jigsaw puzzle of his awesome toy ray gun painting


John Padlo has a huge collection of vintage science fiction toys. He has been working on a giant-size painting of a bunch of his toy ray guns, and is almost finished. Now, he is Kickstarting a 500-piece puzzle of the painting. Read the rest

Fun and inexpensive pocket-size wood puzzles


I found these matchbox size wood puzzles at a general store in Colorado and bought three of them. There are a bunch of different ones in the series and I plan to get them all because they are almost like magic tricks and it’s fun to challenge your friends by showing them the end result (without letting them see the process of solving them).

The Baffle Board is a miniature version of an old classic known as the Red Goose puzzle. The challenge is to move the three beads from the loop of string on one side of the block to the loop on the other side. The printed solution included with the puzzle isn’t very clear, so here is a YouTube video, if you can’t figure it out.

Push N Pull is similar to the Red Goose, but a little easier to solve. The solution included in the puzzle is clear.

Brass Monkey is the hardest puzzle of all, but also the most fun. The challenge is to make a pyramid out of the six wooden pieces. The pieces tend to roll away as you work with them, so it helps to do this puzzle on a non-slippery surface, like a rubber computer mouse pad, or to support it with something like a stack of Post-It Notes. The included solution is not very clear, so here’s a YouTube video with the solution. – Mark Frauenfelder

Pocket-size wood puzzles

Matchbox Puzzlers By House of Marbles Baffle Board $3 Buy one on Amazon

Push 'N' Pull $3 Buy one on Amazon

Brass Monkey $3 Buy one on Amazon

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Watch this guy solve a 7x7 Rubik's cube in record-breaking time

Australian speedsolver Feliks Zemdegs beat the existing world record.

Pill-popping panic - a good brain teaser


A good puzzle from Futility Closet. Read the rest

Isis Adventure: Worst. Puzzle. Ever.

The thing positively oozes mystery and the promise of an exciting intellectual adventure. Alas.

Puzzle sheds light on government policy, corporate America and why no one likes to be wrong


Here's a fun puzzle from the NY Times. Try it then discuss your experience in the comments. Read the rest

Can you solve the 3-switches problem?


Alex Bellos' Monday puzzle in The Guardian is the Three Switches Probem:

Downstairs in a house are three identical on-off switches. One of them controls the lamp in the attic. The puzzle is to work out which switch controls the lamp.

The rules are as follows. You are allowed to manipulate the switches all you like, and then you are allowed only one trip to the attic. How do you do it?

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Play the number puzzle that launched a thousand clones, now free


One year after the puzzling and provocative Threes cloning controversy—where free clones ultimately reached many more players than the premium original—the developers are offering a new free, ad-supported version of the game.

Math puzzler: can you make a rectangle with one cut?

Presh Talkwalkar of Mind Your Decisions challenges you to "cut the shape into two pieces, using all the area, that can form a rectangle." Read the rest

WATCH: World record smallest 7x7x7 Rubik's Cube

Puzzle enthusiast Tony Fisher demonstrates a new 3.4 cm-wide cube designed by Matt Bahner. It's half the size width of the original 7x7x7 V-Cube. Read the rest

Friday fun: make a paradox card

The amusement I get from looking at this weird-looking card is worth more than the 60 seconds it took me to make it. No tape, glue, or hidden cuts are needed. If you can't figure out how to make one, someone in the comments will show you how to do it. Read the rest

Mystery cube-in-a-cube puzzle woodworking project

All you need to make this floating cube-in-a-cube is a cube of solid wood, a drill press, a forstner bit, and a sharp knife. I want to try this! Read the rest

What is the deal with this parking lot numbering system?

I found this puzzle on Miss Cellania's website. Read the rest

The fascination of Rubik's cube

Dan Nosowitz on the obsession with a mechanical toy invented 40 years ago--"simple in theory, it can be tremendously complex to conquer" -- and Google's obsession with it in particular. Read the rest

New Disruptors 70: Puzzle Maker Chris Yates

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Chris Yates is a polymath. A sculptor, artist, woodworker, cartoonist, entrepreneur, dog-kennel assembler, musician, and more. He's best known now for his handmade jigsaw puzzles. He's on the show to talk about his zigzag path to making a niche for himself.

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