Challenge yourself by solving these puzzles and mind stretchers, then check your answers on page 111.
STAR SEARCH (Difficult)
Place stars in seven cells of this grid so that every row, every column and every outlined region contains exactly one star. Stars must never be located in adjacent cells, not even diagonally. WIN OR LOSE (Moderately difficult)
The Reds, the Golds, the Blues and the Blacks have a round-robin tournament wherein each team plays each other team once, for a total of six games. The Blacks won more games than the Blues, and the Golds lost more games than the Blues. The Reds tied the Blacks, the only tie in the tournament (a tie counts as neither a win nor a loss). Who won the game of the Reds versus the Blues?
GET YOUR NUMBERS
Hidden in the array is a sequence of seven consecutive numbers in a straight line. Can you find it? COUNTERFEIT CUBES (Moderately difficult)
The layout for a cube has three symbols— , and
—on three of its sides, as shown. Which of the three options at right represents the assembled cube? ARITHME-PICK (Moderately difficult)
Place one of the four basic arithmetic operations (+,–, ×, ÷) in each box to make a correct equation. Symbols may be repeated, and you don’t have to use all four. All operations are performed from left to right, ignoring the mathematical order of operations. The result at each step must be a positive whole number. What’s the equation?