Saturday, 12 September 2009

Derren Brown's Lottery Prediction

How Derren Brown Did It
The numbers had to be written on the balls AFTER they had been drawn. It's all down to technology ... the left side of the picture was frozen while someone inserted the winning balls onto the rack unseen then the left side was unfrozen back to live transmission.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Rough Graph

What large capital letter should be placed to the right of the bottom left point to label the graph correctly?

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Dig It

Shown is a stone to the right of which is a spade stuck in the ground. Pick up the stone and add one straight line to the picture to show the spade has sunk deeper into the ground.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

The Four Dice

Can you find the number of spots on the blank face shown?

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Politically Correct

How can the pieces be rearranged to make a more politically correct equality?

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Mixed Reception

What can be said about the inventor of this puzzle who has made an error in its construction?

Monday, 19 January 2009

Right Angle

Most mathematicians will be unaware that the right angle suggests a certain six-letter country. Can you find it from the letters given above?

American Trilogy

Here is a line that might be seen in a game of tic-tac-toe. Can you produce a nought from this row of crosses?

Inspector Lewis

At the scene of the crime, PC Karel found the Inspector looking at a glass table with a mug on it. Who did they belong to?

Water Puzzle

Shown are two wine glasses with a cocktail stick. How can the cocktail stick be used to change wine into water?

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Nothing Doing

Add one of the pair of letters below the equals sign to the left-hand side of the equation and the other of the pair to the right-hand side, rearranging the four letters on each side to make "nothing equals nothing".

Shakespeare authorship question

Here's a puzzle that I have spent several years researching ... the Shakespeare authorship question. Many people see this as a non-issue, but I can assure you that there are several detailed arguments that have been missed by academics showing that Mr Shakspere of Stratford could not have written The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, and Love's Labour's Lost. For me, a more probable author is the Renaissance philosopher and Lord Chancellor, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who to Ben Jonson was "by his work , one of the greatest men ... that had been in many ages".
If you'd like to check the arguments for yourself you can download a complementary copy here:
There's also a facebook group Bacon Wrote Shakespeare that contains many other resources for researching the problem.

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