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156  Help with... Help - Part 6
155  Send More Money: M=0
154  A Different 12 Dots with 5 Lines
153  Scramble Squares
152  Eternity & Eternity II
151  Harry Potter's Puzzles
150  Springbok Jigsaws
149  X in a Box Solutions
148  Help with... Help - Part 5
147  Water-Gas-Electricity Puzzle Ideas
146  A Dot per Region
145  To Kill A Mother-In-Law Mystery Puzzle
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Help with... Help - Part 6
156  Help with... Help - Part 6
From time to time we are receiving your messages with seemingly simple requests which turn out to be hard puzzle nuts even for us, though. In these cases our search was unsuccessful. Nobody can know everything!

At the moment we have a pretty big collection of such perplexing questions featured in the first part of Help with... Help, Help with... Help - Part 2, Help with... Help - Part 3, Help with... Help - Part 4 and Help with... Help - Part 5. This is the 4th part of such messages that we've collected for the several past months.

It easily can be that somebody of you knows some answer to any of the questions below, so any your tips or help will be greatly appreciated - simply Contact Us.
Go to Help with... Help - Part 6
Modified: March 3, 2008   |   Posted: May 5, 2007
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155  Send More Money: M=0
155  Send More Money: M=0
Question: Hello puzzle friends,
there are lots of solutions for the puzzle SEND + MORE = MONEY if you allow M=0, for example:

3712 + 0467 = 04179

3821+ 0468 = 04289

6415 + 0734 = 07149

6524 + 0735 = 07259

6851 + 0738 = 07589

Greetings,
monika.

Answer: We want to thank Monica for this finding! It is very useful in context of the enhanced solution to the Send More Money challenge when M is allowed to be zero.

Please, visit Puzzle Playground for the Send More Money challenge and its solution. Additional information about the challenge can be found in the Puzzle Help's item #085.
Posted: May 5, 2007
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154  A Different 12 Dots with 5 Lines
154  A Different 12 Dots with 5 Lines
Question: I have a similar problem to Meeki L. (posted Feb 5, 2007). Unfortunately, my dots are arranged in a different way, and so I haven't been able to use your solution.

The dots are arranged in a sort of cross pattern, as I've tried to draw below.

  * *
* * * *
* * * *
  * *

They must also be connected using 5 lines, without crossing over the same dot twice and without lifting your pencil from the paper.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Karen I.

Answer: This message has inspired us to include the problem into our Puzzle Playground sector. You can find it here. Thank you!

For more information on the Dots Puzzle Family, read item #065 and item #144.
Posted: May 5, 2007
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153  Scramble Squares
153  Scramble Squares
Question: For about the last month I have been working on this puzzle called Scramble Squares. I spend at least 2-3 hours on it a night but I get nowhere. It has been driving me insane. I cant even find any solution on the internet. Please help me!!!
Paul S.

Answer: We assume this is one of the puzzles from the Scramble Squares series produced by b.dazzle, inc. There are many different variations of Scramble Squares, our recommendation would be to contact their original manufacturer directly, i.e. b.dazzle, inc. They have a whole list of Scramble Squares categories, and their contact information can be found at the bottom of every page of their site.
Modified: May 29, 2007  |  Posted: April 6, 2007
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152  Eternity & Eternity II
152  Eternity & Eternity II
Question: i was cleaning up the other day and i thought i should get on to somebody about the answers to the eternity puzzle that was launched in about 2000 around the world ! its the one with about 160 pieces that you end up filling in an octagon
wondering if youve heard of it and if you can help !
Regards
Chris B.

Answer: Yes, the original Eternity puzzle has been successfully solved back in 2000. The article about it with the link to solution can be found here.

Also, its sequel, Eternity II, has been released at the beginning of 2007.
Posted: April 6, 2007
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151  Harry Potter's Puzzles
151  Harry Potter's Puzzles
Question: Dear Friends,

I am a blind writer and am currently working on a series of newspaper articles about the Harry Potter series for our local paper. I am devoting several installments to Rowling’s use of puzzles and word games and I would greatly appreciate your input on one thing which is driving me nuts.

In Chapter Sixteen of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there is a puzzle about seven differently shaped bottles standing in line on a table. I’m sure I’ve heard something like it before and I would like to give credit where credit is due. Harry, Ron and Hermione have lulled Hagrid’s three-headed dog, Fluffy, to sleep by playing a flute in order to get through the trap door where they expect to find Professor Snape trying to steal the sorcerer’s stone. After getting past four more magical obstacles (including the chess game which gets Ron knocked out cold), Harry and Hermione come to a room with “a table with seven differently shaped bottles standing on it in a line.” Flames shoot up behind and in front of them and they are confronted with Snape’s protection for the sorcerer’s stone. Hermione reads this poem from a scroll.

“Danger lies before you while safety lies behind,

Two of us will help you, whichever you would find,

One among us seven will let you move ahead,

Another will transport the drinker back instead,

Two among our number hold only nettle wine,

Three of us are killers waiting hidden in line,

Choose, unless you wish to stay here for evermore,

To help you in your choice we give you these clues four,

First, however slighly the poison tries to hide,

You will always find some on nettle wine’s left side,

Second, different are those who stand on either end,

But, if you would move onward, neither is your friend,

Third, as you see clearly, all are different sized,

Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their insides,

Fourth, the second left and the second on the right,

Are twins once you taste them, though different at first sight.” The smallest bottle gets Harry through to the stone and “a rounded bottle at the right end of the line” allows Hermione to go back to help Ron.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Donna H.

Answer: Unfortunately, we weren't able to come up with the answer to this puzzle. Thus, we've decided to contact a noted puzzler Shelly Hazard on it. The puzzle seems to be a classic form of logic puzzles and she recommended us to visit several links. It seems all the relevant information on the puzzle can be found there.

The links are:
The Riddle of the Potions; Professor Snape's Puzzle; Mathematics in Literature.
Posted: April 6, 2007
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150  Springbok Jigsaws
150  Springbok Jigsaws
Question: My wife and myself were putting on the finishing pieces of Springbok's "Spirit of New York" when we noticed a piece was missing!!. Could you direct us to Springbok's "Missing Pieces" department because this is KILLING US!!! Thanks for any and all help you can offer.
Ryan D.

Answer: It is always very unpleasant with jigsaws to discover one last piece missing or lost! Concerning this jigsaw, our recommendation would be to visit their original manufacturer Springbok's website directly. The site also includes their contact information.
Posted: March 4, 2007
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149  X in a Box Solutions
149  X in a Box Solutions
Comment: X in a box is a well-known unicursal challenges, where the object is to draw X in a square box in one continuous line without going over any part of the line twice, or crossing it, and without taking the pencil point off the paper (please, see Item #086). Unfortunately, in accordance with the proof it is not possible to solve the challenge in a straight and clear way following the rules given. At the same time there are a number of ideas how challenge still can be solved in a non-standard approach. Some of these ideas from our visitors are presented below.

Idea: I was just reading through your website and there is a puzzle to which you say there is no solution, but you are wrong! It's #086 A Box with the x.

It IS possible to draw a square box with an X inside without taking your pencil off the paper. What you have to do is draw the square, then 1 line of the X, then you FOLD the paper so that it is flush with the bottom of the box, and without taking the pencil off the paper, go onto the folded part of the paper. Move your pencil (on the folded part) to the opposite corner of the box you just drew - then going Off the folded paper, back into the box, draw the last line.

Hope that makes sense.

Peace,
Becky :)

Idea: Attached is a solution to your X in a box.
Luke M.

Posted: March 4, 2007
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Help with... Help - Part 5
148  Help with... Help - Part 5
From time to time we are receiving your messages with seemingly simple requests which turn out to be hard puzzle nuts even for us, though. In these cases our search was unsuccessful. Nobody can know everything!

At the moment we have a pretty big collection of such perplexing questions featured in the first part of Help with... Help, Help with... Help - Part 2, Help with... Help - Part 3 and Help with... Help - Part 4. This is the 4th part of such messages that we've collected for the several past months.

It easily can be that somebody of you knows some answer to any of the questions below, so any your tips or help will be greatly appreciated - simply Contact Us.
Go to Help with... Help - Part 5
Modified: November 30, 2007   |   Posted: March 4, 2007
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147  Water-Gas-Electricity Puzzle Ideas
147  Water-Gas-Electricity Puzzle Ideas
Comment: A well-known Water-Gas-Electricity puzzle, where the object is to connect three utilities to each of the three houses with no lines crossed (please, see Item #004), has no straight and clear solution following the rules of the puzzle. Nevertheless, there always was and still is (we also hope always will be) a temptation to overcome the rules of the puzzle finding some kind of "catch" in them, and thus, solving the challenge. From time to time we receive innovative points of view on the puzzle and suggestions how it can be solved in a kind of out-of-the-box approach. Some of these ideas are presented below.

Idea: When I was told this problem, you had to make a line go from each house to each utillity without crossing. I was told you are able to place the houses and utillitys in any order, anywhere on the paper. Have you seen the puzzle that is a circle with the dot in the middle, using only one line? If you know the answer to that, you know that is a cheap, ... answer. With that in mind, this would be a correct answer.



ph 17

Idea: Dear puzzle ponderers:
I have come up with a possible (viable) solution to the old puzzle about connecting up three houses with GAS, ELECTRICITY AND WATER. The answer lies in how the puzzle is worded. The instructions given are that in connecting the houses, no two lines can cross. Well, as water and gas are PIPES and ELECTRICITY is the only line....where is the problem?
Ian (Mexico)

Idea: This puzzle is a classic one which has no solution in 2D. However, if you place the items on a doughnut shape in 3D you can solve it. In the picture below, E is linked to 3 by going over the top and re-entering through the hole in the middle.

DHyett...



Idea: ...I did find the answer thou. Its not a 2D puzzle. Its answer is create when using a 3rd dimesion. Here is the answer [see the image above]

loose t.
Modified: July 8, 2007  |  Posted: March 4, 2007
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146  A Dot per Region
146  A Dot per Region
Question: Draw three squares so that each of dot is enclosed in only one region.
The dot pattern looks like this:

o o o
o o o
o o o

We need this fast!
k

Answer: This message has inspired us to include the problem into our Puzzle Playground sector. You can find it here. Thank you!
Posted: March 4, 2007
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145  To Kill A Mother-In-Law Mystery Puzzle
145  To Kill A Mother-In-Law Mystery Puzzle
Question: Dear Sir/Madame,
I purchased the puzzle "To kill a Mother in law" ISBN #0922242933 It seems to have all of the pieces but is missing the book that includes the story. I am an 8th grade teacher and would like to use this puzzle in my classroom. Is there any way I could download the story? If you could mail me a book, that would be fine also. Thank you for your quality products! Thank you in advance for your help!
Sincerely,
Lisa H

Answer: As we can conclude it from the puzzle's title, it is manufactured by BePuzzled. Thus, it is better to contact University Games Corporation - they acquired BePuzzled from Lombard Marketing, Inc. in 1999. University Games can be visited online at www.universitygames.com and their contact information is provided here.
Posted: March 4, 2007
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