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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How Old is the Vicar?

There once was a choirmaster.
One day three people came in and asked to join the choir.
The choirmaster, who believes that there should be age for his choir's members, asks their ages.

To that question, one of them replied: "We can't tell you our ages, but we can tell you the following: the product of our ages is 2450, and the sum of our ages is twice your age."

The choirmaster is puzzled: "That's not enough information!"

Just then, the vicar walked in and said: "But I'm older than all of them"

The choirmaster, who knew the vicar's age, then exlaimed: "Ah! Now I know."

How old is the vicar?

How Old is the Vicar? Puzzle Solution

The vicar is 50.

The way to solve this puzzle, is to first of all write down all the possible permutations of three numbers whose product is 2450.
Starting Numbers Product Sum Choirmaster
1, 1, 2450 2450 2452 1226
1, 2, 1225 2450 1228 614
1, 5, 490 2450 496 248
1, 7, 350 2450 358 179
1, 10, 245 2450 256 128
1, 14, 175 2450 190 95
1, 25, 98 2450 124 62
1, 35, 70 2450 106 53
1, 49, 50 2450 100 50
2, 5, 245 2450 252 126
2, 7, 175 2450 184 92
2, 25, 49 2450 76 38
2, 35, 35 2450 72 36
5, 5, 98 2450 108 54
5, 7, 70 2450 82 41
5, 10, 49 2450 64 32
5, 14, 35 2450 54 27
7, 7, 50 2450 64 32
7, 10, 35 2450 52 26
7, 14, 25 2450 46 23

Since the choirmaster, after being told that the product of the ages is 2450 and that the sum is twice his age, still can't work out the ages, we can deduce that there are two (or more) combinations with the same sum. Those combinations have been highlighted in the table above.

The vicar then claims to be older than all of them. The oldest of the three is 49 in the first remaining combination, and 50 in the other. The choirmaster knows the vicar's age, and after his claim, he deduces everyone's age. The only way he's able to do so is if the vicar is 50, leaving the combination 7, 7, 50 logically impossible (the vicar has to be older, that is at least 1 year older than the others), and therefore learning that the people's ages are 5, 10, and 49.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Creative Lamps

These unusual and very interesting lamps are developed by the Studio Cheha (Tel Aviv, Israel) and they all share one interesting secret which is not immediately visible. See the full post and find out!








The thing is that they are all flat, though it may seem otherwise.  Look at them once again and discover that these objects are  2-dimensiona!:)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Amazing Life-Sized Games

A lot of creative experiments take place every day around the world. IN this gallery we want to present you several board games, computer games or brain teasers made life-sized. These games were created for entertainment, as well as to assist people achieve e better orientation in space. Enjoy the gallery!

1. A group of anonymous artists known as ‘Bored‘ has created a life-size version of Monopoly using the streets of Chicago as their giant game board.


2. In honor of the board game's 60th anniversary in 2009, the crookedest street in the U.S., Lombard Street, San Francisco, was transformed into the sweetest board game around - Candyland.

3. On the 3rd annual Michigan Fallapalooza in 2007 - a day of games, music and sidewalk sales, the life-sized game of Hasbro's popular Chutes and Ladders was perhaps the most attractive event.

4. The world's biggest game of Scrabble was played out on the pitch at Wembley stadium.

5. The world's biggest Chess set by Guinness has a the King that is coming in at 48 inches high.

6. Human-sized Angry Birds was made in the Mount Faber in Singapore and it is super fun!







Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Paul Lawrence: The Enigma

Paul Lawrence is a showman with blue puzzle pieces tattooed all over his body who has made a name for himself performing  tricks such as sword swallowing, pushing a moving power drill up his nose and swallowing various liquids, pumping them out of his stomach and swallowing them again. He is also known as The Enigma and is an accomplished musician as well.







Friday, May 2, 2014

Kim Keever Aquarium Art

Artist Kim Keever creates amazingly real landscapes within a 200-gallon aquarium filled with water. To do this, he uses plastic parts, colorful lights and insoluble pigments. Due to the movement of these pigments in the water, Kim has only a split second to make high-quality photos.









Wednesday, March 26, 2014

World Record for Puzzle Solving

Jigsaw Puzzle Record
Elaine Lewis managed to complete a 250-piece jigsaw in an unbelievable 14 minutes, 58 seconds - more than half of the existing record. With official witnesses Councillor Pam King and Express editor Mandy Leigh looking on, Elaine was a hurricane of puzzle power as she fitted together an oval picture of famous Guinness world record breakers.

She overcame the previous record of 34 minutes proving that experience and dedication really is all you need. Elaine Lewis said: "I’m really pleased with the time. I could have done it again in that time and still beaten the record! My optician probably wouldn’t like me doing them that much - and certainly not my osteopath!" Elaine undertook the challenge to raise awareness of her son’s rare chromosome disorder, called Williams Syndrome and was able to raise more than £300 in sponsorship from doing the challenge.
Puzzles Online


Thursday, January 30, 2014

World’s Largest 3D Painting

Surely you've seen before pictures of amazing 3D- naturalistic paintings, painted on the pavement or the walls of various building.

Lately  “Lions Gate Gorge”, a giant 3D artwork created by artist Qi Xinghua has been acknowledged as the world’s largest 3D painting, by the Guinness Book of Records.

The amazing painting, located in front of a shopping mall in Guangzhou, China, measures 23 meters wide and 32 meters long, on the ground, while the wall in the background is 6 meters high. It covers an area of 892 square meters and looks so realistic that people say they actually get dizzy when walking on the painted ropes that traverse the colorful gorge.

Enjoy the pictures of this amazing and huge painting:







Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Puzzle Furniture

A creative approach on Jigsaw Puzzles by manufacturing furniture elements:




Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Types of Puzzles

Throughout the history there were created and developed various types of puzzles for mind training and memory development skills. These are the most popular ones:
  • Logic puzzles using a chess board, such as Knight's Tour and Eight queens.
  • Mathematical problems such as the missing square puzzle. Many of these are "impossible puzzles", such as the Seven Bridges of Königsberg, Water, gas, and electricity and Three cups problem. See List of impossible puzzles.
  • Picture puzzles, such as sliding puzzles like the fifteen puzzle; jigsaws and variants such as Puzz-3D.
  • Puzzle video game
  • Sangaku
  • Sokoban
  • Spot the difference
  • Tangram
  • Word puzzles, including anagrams, crosswords, word-searches and ciphers.
  • The Anagram Jigsaw is a jigsaw puzzle where pieces are rearranged for two correct solutions.


Monday, December 16, 2013

First Jigsaw Puzzle Ever Created

John Spilsbury was born in 1739 and he is considered the inventor of jigsaw puzzles. John Spilsbury worked as an engraver and mapmaker. He served as an apprentice to Thomas Jefferys, the Royal Geographer to King George III.
He invented the first jigsaw in 1767 and it was a map of the world. John Spilsbury attached a map to a piece of wood and then cut out each country. Teachers used Spilsbury's puzzles to teach geography.
Spilsbury Puzzle

Students learned their geography lessons by putting the world maps back together. Sensing a business opportunity, he created puzzles on eight themes - the World, Europe, Asia, Africa, America, England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
Geography puzzles

John Spilsbury died on 3 April 1769 leaving us the legacy of jigsaw puzzles, which are used nowadays by people in the whole world.
Online Jigsaw Puzzles



Sunday, September 8, 2013

JIgsaw Puzzles Online - Relax and Train Your Mind

A new resource of online jigsaw puzzles is ready to be used and conquered by creative and sharp minds.

Jigbo.com is a beautiful collection of online jigsaw puzzles with the possibility to explore and solve them.

With us you can trace your progress, create your own puzzles online and much more. Find hundreds of new jigsaw puzzles every day and become a respected and competitive player. You will be able to choose among a variety of puzzles, with different design, dimensions and number of pieces.

If you love art, you will certainly appreciate the wonderful images jigsaw puzzle can create. Sign in as a user and choose online puzzles of various categories and difficulty level.

Jigsaw puzzles online are offered in the following categories: animals, architecture, battle, fantasy, food and drinks, interior, landscape, monsters, objects, people, plants, robots, toys, transport, etc.