What is puzzle?

  • (noun): A particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution.
    Synonyms: puzzler, mystifier, teaser
    See also — Additional definitions below

Puzzle

A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research.

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Puzzle - Related Categories
... CategoryPuzzle books CategoryPuzzle designers CategoryPuzzle video games CategoryEconomic puzzles. ...
Manny Nosowsky - Record-breaking Puzzle
... Nosowsky is known for constructing puzzles with wide-open grids, often published later in the week, for expert solvers. 1998, he set an early record by publishing a standard 15x15 daily crossword puzzle with only 21 black squares ... record stood until 2001, when Joe DiPietro published a 20-black-square puzzle ...
Combination Puzzles
... A combination puzzle, also known as a sequential move puzzle, is a puzzle which consists of a set of pieces which can be manipulated into different combinations by a group of operations ... The puzzle is solved by achieving a particular combination starting from a random (scrambled) combination ... The most famous of these puzzles is the original Rubik's Cube, a cubic puzzle in which each of the six faces can be independently rotated ...
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure
... Safecracker The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure is a video game developed by Kheops Studio and published by The Adventure Company ... On February 2, 2007, PC Gamer US, awarded SafeCracker "Best puzzle game of 2007", despite its sister magazine in the UK, only giving it a score of 38% ...
Survo Puzzle
... A Survo puzzle is a kind of logic puzzle presented (in April 2006) and studied by Seppo Mustonen ... The name of the puzzle is associated with Mustonen's Survo system, which is a general environment for statistical computing and related areas ... In a Survo puzzle, the task is to fill an m × n table with integers 1, 2.. ...

More definitions of "puzzle":

  • (noun): A toy that tests your ingenuity.
  • (verb): Be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide.
    Example: "We puzzled over her sudden departure"

Famous quotes containing the word puzzle:

    What are you now? If we could touch one another,
    if these our separate entities could come to grips,
    clenched like a Chinese puzzle . . . yesterday
    I stood in a crowded street that was live with people,
    and no one spoke a word, and the morning shone.
    Everyone silent, moving. . . . Take my hand. Speak to me.
    Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980)

    Scholars and artists thrown together are often annoyed at the puzzle of where they differ. Both work from knowledge; but I suspect they differ most importantly in the way their knowledge is come by. Scholars get theirs with conscientious thoroughness along projected lines of logic; poets theirs cavalierly and as it happens in and out of books. They stick to nothing deliberately, but let what will stick to them like burrs where they walk in the fields.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them, according to his ability, by his words and his life.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)