Earlier right this moment I set you the next two puzzles. The primary is a retrograde evaluation puzzle about snakes and ladders, and within the second you must work out a logo. Right here they’re once more with options.


1. Model new it’s retro

Three younger youngsters, Pink, Inexperienced, and Blue are taking part in snakes and ladders. They’re known as away, leaving the board, together with the die, as under. The die is displaying the final quantity rolled.

Deduce whose flip it now’s, and the order of play.

Snakes and Ladders - Puzzle

Some clarifications concerning the guidelines of snakes and ladders that the children are taking part in.

  • The sport begins with every participant placing their marker on 1.

  • Every participant roles a single die. In the event you roll a 6, you get an additional throw.

  • The gamers take turns in a set order.

  • You go up ladders, and down snakes. It’s doable to go up two ladders, or down two snakes, or up a ladder and down a snake on the identical flip.

  • The winner is the participant who lands precisely on 100. (In case you are on 98 and roll a 3, you ‘bounce again’ and land on 99.)

  • If a participant lands on a sq. occupied by one other participant, the participant is not despatched again to sq. 1.

I’ll provide you with one trace: the sport that was performed was moderately excessive – loads of 6s had been rolled!

Answer It’s Inexperienced’s flip, and after that it’s time for the fourth spherical, with Pink taking part in subsequent.


1. Inexperienced has had both one or two turns. It is because Inexperienced began on 1 and is now on 4. Inexperienced can not have landed on 3, since that is the underside of a ladder, and thus Inexperienced has had both one flip (throwing a 3), or two turns (throwing a 1 and a 2).

2. Pink and Blue have had both two or three turns. It is because if Inexperienced has had at most two turns, then the others should have had at most three turns. You additionally must eradicate the possibility that Pink and Blue have had a single flip: you can not get to the place Pink and Blue are in a single flip. In the event you throw 6s advert infinitum, for instance, you can not progress additional than place 31.

3. Pink has had three turns. It is because you can not get to sq. 99 in two turns. Within the following grid, all of the purple squares are the doable positions after one roll of the cube and all of the orange squares are the doable positions after two rolls of the cube.

Snakes and Ladders - Solution
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4. Pink didn’t play final. Thus Blue performed final. It is because it’s not possible to succeed in sq. 99 having thrown a 4 because the final throw within the third flip. The squares with a R in a pink circle are the one squares that may attain sq. 99, with a 4 the ultimate throw. (i.e a 4, or a 6 then a 4, or two 6s after which a 4, and so forth.)

We are able to conclude that the order is Pink, Blue, Inexperienced. Pink and Blue have thrown 3 times, so Inexperienced is subsequent and after that Pink begins the fourth spherical.

2. The lacking image

What image would match completely within the centre of this brand?

Symbol puzzle

Every of the statements describes the image neatly. (One of many statements requires information of mathematical notation, however the different three don’t.)


symbol solution

Key: the image is both a W, an M, a 3, or a ∑ relying on the way you place it.

That is you and likewise you: ‘double you’, or W

This sums up one and two: 3

That is 1000 and likewise 13: M, which is Roman numerals for 1000, and the thirteenth letter of the alphabet.

This sums up every little thing: ∑, the mathematical notation for ‘the sum of’.

I hope you loved right this moment’s puzzles. I’ll be again in two weeks.

Because of Ammar Fathin Sabili, who created each of right this moment’s puzzles.

I set a puzzle right here each two weeks on a Monday. I’m at all times on the look-out for excellent puzzles. If you want to counsel one, electronic mail me.

I give faculty talks about maths and puzzles (on-line and in individual). In case your faculty is please get in contact.

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