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Rubik's Connected Cube tells you how to solve it

Rubik's Connected Cube [Amazon] is a Rubik's cube with the internet in it, so that it may connect to an app on your phone which provides tips, "lessons", and the solution. Gizmodo's Andrew Liszewski reviewed it. He's OK with it, but not the $60 price tag. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Toys, News, Puzzles, Iot, Gizmodo, Andrew Liszewski

This Smart Rubik's Cube Is Teaching Me How to Solve One After 40 Years of Failure

A robot built out of Lego can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about 3.2 seconds, but some 40 years after I first picked up the iconic puzzle, I’ve yet to solve it on my own. I assumed that successfully unscrambling a cube would forever remain on my bucket list, but a smart Rubik’s Cube is finally teaching me the strategies to…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Puzzles, Rubiks Cube, Rubiks Cube In Popular Culture, Cfop Method, Cubing, Recreational Mathematics, Rubiks Family Cubes Of All Sizes, Speedcubing

29 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Appreciating loved ones can become much more challenging when you can't physically be together.Sending someone you love a small gift during this time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. Many of the products and services below are entirely contact-free, as noted throughout. Staying connected to those you love, but cannot physically be with, is a lofty task. It's often difficult to replicate the joy ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Art, Games, Etsy, Disney, Digital, Trends, Walmart, Features, Gifts, Puzzles, David, Broadway, Streaming, Airbnb

"It’s as much a war movie as anything else, with a woman as the general, and her gender isn’t the chink in her armor."

Wrote Frank Bruni, in the NYT last October, in "Sigourney Weaver Goes Her Own Way/Delivering performances both profound and eccentric, the actress has refused to be pinned down or defined throughout her nearly half-century career. At 71, she’s still going her own (mischievous) way."  There were 9 other articles with the word "chink" in The New York Times in 2020. Today, the NYT's delightful word puzzle "Spelling Bee" challenges us to make words out of these letters.... ... and it rejects th...
Tags: Law, Censorship, San Francisco, Metaphor, Puzzles, George Orwell, Language, New York Times, Nyt, Espn, William, Sigourney Weaver, William James, Frank Bruni, Domingo, Blindness

10 Can't-Miss Free Demos From the Steam Game Festival

We’re less than 24 hours from this year’s Steam Game Festival, a week-long event showcasing new and upcoming PC games available on the Steam store. There will be Q&A events with developers, live streams to watch, and hundreds of free demos to play.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Video Games, Puzzles, Lifehacks, Adventure Games, Adventure Game, Windows Games, Video Gaming, Technology_internet, Video Game Genres, Puzzle Video Games, Puzzle Video Game

21 best jigsaw puzzles for adults that challenge your brain

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Food52 Putting together jigsaw puzzles is a fun activity that anyone can enjoy. We found 21 puzzles that will not only entertain but challenge the brain. See also: 23 activities to keep you busy when you're stuck at homeFeeling bored at home? Of the many activities you can do to fill the time, assembling a jigsaw puzzle is one of the more nostalgic and analog pastimes for people of all ages. Last y...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Games, Etsy, California, Trends, Walmart, Gifts, Puzzles, New York Times, Bill Gates, Hobbies, Zazzle, Shutterfly, Urban Outfitters, Kohl

Neumorphic Knots — a fun web-based puzzle game

The goal of Neumorphic Knots is to swap tile pairs to form closed loops. It's more fun than I thought it would be. To swap two tiles, just click on them, or tap if you're playing on a touchscreen. (The term neumorphism is new to me. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles, Amusements, Web Games, Neumorphic Knots

Excellent cheap puzzle book: The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations

I bought the Dover edition The Moscow Puzzles in 2014, and it's still one of my all-time favorite puzzle books. Here are a few samples: Book description: This is, quite simply, the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles, Moscow, Soviet Union, Useful Stuff, Brain Teasers, Moscow Puzzles

After 14 years, a puzzle to find a man has been solved

Perplex City was a cool alternate reality game (ARG) launched in 2006. Players received cards in the mail, each of which contained a puzzle. Solving the puzzles yielded clues for finding the ultimate prize, "The Receda Cube," which was buried somewhere on Earth. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles, Perplex City

Wooden puzzle box for storing stuff

I'm really charmed by these wooden puzzle boxes: You can store stuff inside the inner metal tube, but to open the box you need to rotate the wooden outer cylinder to guide an internal peg through its wooden maze. Apart from being pretty to look at and fun to use, puzzle locks — at least, the ones that aren't demonically hard — have a sort of gentle utility. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles, Locks, Contraptions

"Sachsalber... sought to literally find a needle hidden in a haystack by the museum’s curators, taking a common idiom at face value and enacting it as a work."

"In the end, Sachsalber was successful in locating the needle.... ... Sachsalber undertook a project called Hands, for which he and his father attempted to complete a 13,200-piece puzzle of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. ... Sachsalber produced 222 drawings based on Galerie Bruno Bischofberger ads that appeared on the back of Artforum. Other performances involved eating a poisonous mushroom and spending 24 hours in a room with a cow." From "Sven Sachsalber, Prankish Artist on the Verge of Fa...
Tags: Death, Law, Puzzles, Mushrooms, Performance art, Cows, Michelangelo, Artforum, Ann Althouse, Sachsalber, Adam Sachsalber, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger

"For 51 years, one of the Zodiac Killer’s puzzling codes he sent in letters to newspapers in the late 1960s and early 1970s has confounded the cryptography community..."

"But the Bay Area killer’s 340-character cipher mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle has been cracked by an international team of code-breakers... verified by the FBI," WaPo reports. Here's the video announcing the cracking and explaining the lengthy process.  Don't get excited about the message.  I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING LOTS OF FUN IN TRYING TO CATCH ME THAT WASNT ME ON THE TV SHOW WHICH BRINGS UP A POINT ABOUT ME I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE GAS CHAMBER BECAUSE IT WILL SEND ME TO PARADICE ALL T...
Tags: Murder, Law, Puzzles, Bay Area, Don, San Francisco Chronicle, Ann Althouse, The [blank] Community, FBI WaPo

Two puzzles with the cuts of each printed on the other

Artist and designer Michael Lexier created this curious object, "Two Puzzles," in which the image of one puzzle's cuts is printed on the other, and vice-versa. "They look like two of the exact same puzzles, but are in fact different," Lexier writes on Instagram. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, Puzzles, Lexier, Michael Lexier

"When I found the treasure, it ended the hopes of the many people around the world who wanted to one day find it."

"I understand both the disappointment and disbelief many have and are experiencing and do not take personally the vitriolic comments made about me or the conspiracy theories that some seem to find comfort. But, to be clear, I am not and was never employed by Forrest, nor did he 'pick' me in any way to 'retrieve' the treasure. I was a stranger to him and found the treasure as he designed it to be found.... I do not see myself as being better than anyone else who searched for the treasure because ...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Wealth, Puzzles, Wyoming, United States of America, Forrest, WaPo, Forrest Fenn, Ann Althouse, Litigiousness, Jack Stuef

"'What happens to us while we are making other plans,' per Allen Saunders" — what?!

So... that's from today's mini crossword in the NYT, and I and — I guess — a million mini-puzzlers are saying who the hell is Allen Saunders and how have I gone so long attributing this witticism to John Lennon?   Wikipedia says:  Allen Saunders (April 24, 1899 – January 28, 1986)[2] was an American writer, journalist and cartoonist who wrote the comic strips Steve Roper and Mike Nomad, Mary Worth and Kerry Drake.  He is credited with being the originator of the saying, "Life is ...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Wikipedia, John Lennon, America, Blogging, Puzzles, United States, Optimism, Cartoons, Donald Trump, Lennon, Nancy, Hypnosis, Trump, Mary

Are brain teasers and apps a waste of time?

There is little research to prove that brain games improve general cognition or slow cognitive decline. Rather they simply make you better at playing that specific brain game.Brain teasers are a useless tool during job interviews as they can't predict how an interviewee will perform in real world tasks relevant to the job role. Exercise, nutrition, socialization, and meditation are probably better brain boosters. ​Brain training apps and programs have sky-rocketed into a billion-dollar market ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Memory, Intelligence, Brain, Puzzles, New York Times, Innovation, Florida State University, Western University, Ontario Canada, FSU, Laszlo Bock, Wally Boot

"Blocks" is a fun web-based puzzle game that gets increasingly more challenging

If you have important things to do today, it might be better to bookmark this tangram-like puzzle game and come back to it when you have some free time.
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles

Video of a jigsaw puzzle factory

Puzzling is big business right now, as you might expect. Here's a short video about Buffalo Games, whose sales went from 1 million to 2 million puzzles a month. You'll see every aspect of the puzzle production process, from design (Buffalo has 6 full-time designers), to the overlaying of a cut pattern, to manufacturing. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Puzzles, Factories, Buffalo

Can you solve what an MIT professor once called 'the hardest logic puzzle ever'?

Logician Raymond Smullyan devised tons of logic puzzles, but one was declared by another philosopher to be the hardest of all time.The problem, also known as the Three Gods Problem, is solvable, even if it doesn't seem to be.It depends on using complex questions to assure that any answer given is useful. Despite the general dislike of mathematics that most profess to have, many people enjoy logic puzzles. This is strange, as many logic puzzles are just variations of math problems. Gleefully ign...
Tags: Math, New York, Learning, Russia, Logic, Mit, Rome, Brain, Puzzles, Iowa, Italy, Innovation, Philosophy, University Of Chicago, Mind, Princeton

27 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. As the novel coronavirus progresses, many are continuing to practice social distancing, self-isolating when exposed, and quarantined in some cases.The situation can feel overwhelming and isolating, but sending someone you love a small gift during a difficult time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. While those who are quarantined and not feeling well should never open a door to accept deliveries, m...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Art, Games, Etsy, Disney, Digital, Trends, Walmart, Features, Puzzles, David, Broadway, Streaming, Espn, Hulu

Was the fly on Mike Pence's hair divine intervention?

This is a question that occurred to me as I was recording my reading of the previous post — "Was there any discussion of 'systemic racism' during the debate?," — which has a bit to say about the fly that landed and lingered on Mike Pence's hair during the debate. It made it hard to listen to what Pence was saying, which I see, reading the transcript, was trenchant and substantive. Was the fly a meaningless, random occurrence or could it have been divine intervention?  Surely, an omnipotent dei...
Tags: Law, France, White House, Metaphor, Puzzles, Birds, Jesus, God, Nazi, New Yorker, Jane Fonda, Zeus, Trump, Mike Pence, Don, Da Vinci

Tiny $1900 Rubik's Cube

A tiny but perfectly playable Rubik's Cube is on offer in Japan at the not-so-tiny price of $1900. Yuri Kageyama writes: The cube measures just 9.9 millimeters, or O.39 inch, by 9.9 millimeters, and weighs 2 grams (less than a tenth of an ounce).— Read the rest
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Puzzles, Rubik, YURI KAGEYAMA

Here's how to solve a complex metal tavern puzzle

It took puzzle fan Kenneth almost four hours to solve this tavern puzzle. If you have ever seen one of these at a bar or restaurant, this one has pretty much all of the twists and turns from different models combined. If you or someone you know likes puzzles, the blacksmiths who make them have…
Tags: Toys, Video, Games, News, Puzzles, Kenneth

Story Box: Create Your Own Fairytale

This eight-foot-long fairytale puzzle lets a group of players craft their own story from 20 inter-changable pieces, printed on both sides. Imagined by author Anne Laval and released by the Laurence King publishing house, each Story Box includes colorful fairytale characters, scenes and scenarios. The collaborative game taps into imagination and emphasizes the importance of storytelling.
Tags: Games, Design, Kids, Children, Puzzles, Storytelling, Stories, Childrens Games, Laurence King, Kids Toys, Kids Games, Childrens Toys, Anne Laval

"If I constructed a grid and ended up with 'whites' as one of the entries, I’m really not sure how I would clue it."

CrossBoss muses... but don't click through unless or until you don't care about spoilers to today's NYT crossword. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Puzzles, Ann Althouse, CrossBoss

"Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals...."

"A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block. Materials such as metal plates, litho stones or wood blocks are used for etching upon.... Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.... Monoprinting has been ...
Tags: Art, Law, Puzzles, Language, Rembrandt, Georg Baselitz, Degas, Ann Althouse, Monoprinting

"When you spend your workday failing to make words do what you want them to do, staring at G A C E H L N and suddenly seeing 'ganache' is a sweet victory."

"Discovering the pangram—'challenge,' in this case—feels like a colonic for my neural pathways.... It’s a rare morning that I don’t allow myself five to 10 minutes with Bee upon waking.... My goal is to hit 'Amazing' by 7 a.m., which allows me to circle back to the puzzle all day, pick, pick, picking until I hit 'Genius.' Only a lack of time ever causes me to surrender; I have kept the puzzle open in my tabs to keep working it for several days...."From "The NYT Spelling Bee Gives Me L-I-F-E/In t...
Tags: Law, Puzzles, Ann Althouse

"Crunchy candy bar since 1930 – I’m a candy enthusiast and I’ve never even heard of a Zagnut bar."

"But," writes CrossBoss, about today's NYT crossword, "I did enjoy watching this commercial." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Advertising, Puzzles, Candy, Ann Althouse

"I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife..."

"... and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.... I have to say, that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to, yet another, story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanised, or hurt or killed, or, falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And, and it, it has led to a weight, that I haven’t felt in my life, in, in a while.... Barack’s in his office, making ...
Tags: Psychology, Games, Law, Puzzles, Michelle Obama, Van Gogh, Barack, Edward Gorey, William Morris, Obamas, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Michelle O, Malia and Sasha

The new LEGO Brick Sketch kits are 3D puzzles made for framing. Fun!

Our house needs more tiny LEGO pieces like it needs a hole in the roof, but then the new LEGO Brick Sketches were finally released on the LEGO site. They’re so cute, I find myself actually wanting one.For me. The new kits are part building set, part puzzle, part 3D artwork. And they each feature pop culture […]
Tags: Star Wars, Shopping, Puzzles, Lego, Pop Culture, Superheroes, Gifts For Kids, Gifts For Geeks, Kids' Toys, Gifts For Teens + Tweens, Toys + Playthings