Tag: puzzles

Complete the pattern

I have often wondered how people come up with puzzle questions.  They must have to be really smart to figure them out.  I was thinking about this one night, while drifting off to sleep, and I came up with the following puzzle question of my own.  I don’t know how easy or hard it is, but here it is.  Complete the pattern:

10:10 10:11 10:12 10:13 10:15
10:10 10:11 10:15 10:13 ?

What time should appear in the last box?  Put you answer in the comments and your reason why, and I will let you know if it the same reason I came up with for my answer.

The wrong side of the bed?

I have noticed an interesting phenomenon lately. I have been sleeping on the left side of my bed instead of the right side. I can’t place quite how long this has been going on, but it’s definitely been happening with increasing regularity. This is unusual because, for the 8 years that Tawnya and I lived together, I always slept on the right side. And in the years since, I have continued to sleep more or less on the right side (or in the middle where I can spread out). But in recent weeks, I’ve noticed this trend of sleeping on the left side. I notice no difference in the quality of my sleep. It is strictly positional. But I can’t explain it and it bothers me when I can’t explain things.

Itz not a puzzle anymore

Back toward the end of July, I blogged about a new store that replaced a DVD store in the mall here called Itz A Puzzle. I wondered how a puzzle store could do more business than a DVD store, and I thought it was pretty foolish for such a store to try and make a go in what is considered to be a high-end mall.

I was right. When I came into work this morning, Itz A Puzzle is no more. There is a white facade in front of the store with the announcement: “Coming Soon! Another Exciting Store!” Who knows what the store will be, but if the current trend for that particular spot continues, it will probably end up selling things like slide rules (which wouldn’t be too bad, really, because I’d love to get my hands on a good slide rule.)

Itz a puzzle, alright

In the mall above which I work, there used to be a store that sold videos (DVDs, etc.) right between Haagen Daas and Johnny Rockets. A few weeks ago, that store closed up. In it’s place, opened a new store called Itz a Puzzle, which is a retail store that sells, you guessed it, puzzles. (And I don’t mean Sudoku.)

The stores occupied the same space, so that same square footage is being used. The puzzle store looks much emptier than the video store in both stock and patronage. And since this is a “high end” mall, I imagine the rents must be astronomical. So puzzle #1: how is it that a store like Itz A Puzzle expects to survive when a store that sells videos and DVDs could not?

This leads to puzzle #2: is there really more of a demand for old fashioned jigsaw puzzles than there is for DVDs? This would really surprise me, especially since I can’t recall the last time I saw someone doing a jigsaw puzzle, save perhaps for a 6 year-old in a doctors office waiting room. Why replace one store, with another store for which there is less demand?

I can’t figure it out. Itz a puzzle, alright.

Another time waster

After getting my hair cut, I ran over to Target to get Season 5 of Seinfeld and while I was there, I purchased a Sudoku book. I won’t say I’m addicted, although I was introduced to it two weeks ago while Tawnya was here. But it does help to pass the time, and it’s far better than Solitaire, because it’s all logic-based.

Yet another time-waster for me to fit into odd moments.