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One way to introduce your class to puzzling is to challenge them to brainteasing word or visual problems. Brainteasers come in all varieties, and can offer a wide range of different types of challenges.

Dear visitors, we change the way of updating this section. From now the three puzzles every three weeks will be chosen among the PDF Print 'n' Play versions of existing puzzles from all over the Puzzles.COM site. Hope you'll enjoy them too!

Our primary recommendation is that you print them out onto transparency sheets, and challenge your entire class at the same time. Alternatively, you can print out the challenges and Xerox them for handouts to individual students or in small groups. Either way, you'll get your kids enjoying the opportunity to play puzzles as they learn!
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From Five To Four
From Five To Four
Leave just four squares instead of five making one of them disappear. Move exactly two matches to reach this. Great puzzle gem!
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The Dice Sum
The Dice Sum
A set of four dice, though not marked with spots in the ordinary way, but with digits. When put together a plenty of different four-figure numbers can be formed. How many? And what they all would add up to?
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Harvest Craft Show
Harvest Craft Show
The 38th annual Harvest Craft show, put on by the Millersville Rotary Club, was held last weekend. Held at the Millersville high school, the craft show is an annual tradition for the townsfolk and always attracts a large crowd...
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Broken Checkerboard
Broken Checkerboard
Restore a simple 5x5 checkerboard from the six pieces scattered around. Don't forget to alternate the colors of the cells. Are there many ways to make the board?
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Lace Loops
Lace Loops
Place six color loops onto a 4x5 grid. No loop should touch any other one; no loop should be left outside the gridís borders. Is the grid big enough to hold all the loops within strictly following the rules?
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Pencil 'n' Paper 12
Pencil 'n' Paper 12
A dozen of Pencil 'n' Paper puzzles presented in one PDF file. The file comprises complete rules and solutions to the puzzles in its 28 pages. Download, print out and play!
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Hexagon-Circle-Hexagon
Hexagon-Circle-Hexagon
The same circle is simultaneously inscribed in one regular hexagon and circumscribed outside another regular hexagon. Is this information sufficient to determine the ratio of the hexagons' areas?
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A Bottle and a Cork
A Bottle and a Cork
Is it difficult to figure out the exact costs of two things when you know their total cost and a difference only? Don't let the figures mislead you while counting.
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Defining a Language
Defining a Language
Language comes in many forms and can be as simple as a few hand signals and sounds. So what defines a language? Here's Carl Sandberg's take on the definition of slang.
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Get a Greek Cross
Get a Greek Cross
A colorful set of seven pieces which have to be arranged into a Greek cross. You can rotate the pieces or turn them over, but not overlap or damage. How perfect your final shape of the cross will be?
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Checkered Halloween
Checkered Halloween
Put five simple pieces into a regular 8x8 checkerboard. A puzzle adapted to the Halloween theme, though don't be scared of this...
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Family Barbeque
Family Barbeque
Mark and Cynthia hosted a family barbeque for their Independence Day celebration. The day dawned sunny and warm, but not too hot. A perfect day for a family barbeque! They had a flock of family drop in to visit throughout the day, but four in particular they were very happy to see Ė their siblings with their own families. Both Mark and Cynthia had a brother and a sister, and they didnít get to see them much as they both lived a fair distance away...
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