Hi,

This is a thread to discuss some of your other favorite puzzles, riddles, brain teasers, armchair treasure hunts, etc.

To get started, here's an online puzzle hunt I've participated in before: Puzzlecrack. It's a week-long competition with clues given through the web page. Past competitions (and solutions) are still there for you to figure out.

Another similar one is Microsoft's College Puzzle Challenge.

Any other favorites?

-Klatuu

This is a thread to discuss some of your other favorite puzzles, riddles, brain teasers, armchair treasure hunts, etc.

To get started, here's an online puzzle hunt I've participated in before: Puzzlecrack. It's a week-long competition with clues given through the web page. Past competitions (and solutions) are still there for you to figure out.

Another similar one is Microsoft's College Puzzle Challenge.

Any other favorites?

-Klatuu

The number of steps required, if anyone is curious is 2^n - 1, where n is the number of levels.

Here's the trick: Any time a piece is moved to an empty peg, the next goal is to stack all smaller pieces on top of that piece. You might say "Well, isn't that the goal of the entire puzzle?" Sure, but it's also the goal of every single intermediate step, making it a recursive process.

Imagine a four-level tower. First, I move the top piece, creating a tower of 1. Then I move piece 2 to the empty peg and put piece 1 on top of it, creating a tower of 2. Then I move piece 3 to the empty peg...my goal now is to get a tower of 3 so that I have an empty peg for piece 4.

Here's a method I use to speed things up. Let's say I have a tower of x pieces that I'm trying to transfer onto the next largest base (example: I have a 4-level tower that I'm trying to transfer onto the next largest piece to make a 5-level tower). If x is odd, I move the top, smallest piece of my tower directly onto the new base. If x is even, I move the smallest piece onto the peg that the new base *isn't* on. The place where most people make mistakes, I'd imagine, is right at the beginning of these minitower constructions, because if you make this one false move, your tower won't be transferred to the base, it will be transferred to the other peg.

Anyway, I'm done with my crazy Tower of Hanoi raves.

A birdcage with an electrified floor.

My puzzle from the last page:

second ______ = third _______

or it. Whether you are full of it or dont want anything to do with it:D