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‘Guess’ the word

When I was working in Brazil in 2014, I had a challenging experience that turned into a form of play. I was attempting to communicate with a non-English speaker when I hit a wall. I wanted to say the word ‘guess’, but not knowing what word it could be in Portuguese, I...

0202 2020 is a palindrome

In Greek ‘palin dromo’ means “running back again” - so putting it simply, a palindrome is a word/phrase/sentence that reads the same when read forward or backward e.g. kayak, or rotor. The date 0202 2020 is therefore a palindromic date. Now, here is the puzzle for...

0505 2020 is not palindrome

0505 2020 is not palindrome... …but it is ‘something’, and that something is ‘curious’. It is the sort of date that grabs attention visually but needs a rule (in this case application of a ‘digital font’) in order for it to become outstanding. ‘Outstanding’ - remember...

A future date with both attributes

Take one date (in a digital format): 0202 2020 And you then take a second date (in the same digital format): 0505 2020 Then answer the following puzzle: What is the next date in the future which follows BOTH the rules that to which each date (in that format) adheres...

A new Turing Test

How do you know you have a mind? Well, the premise is as follows…’jokes’ create an effect in mind that is experienced in a similar manner by anyone who ‘gets it’. This experience can be described using language for now, and in time will be viewable using telepathic...

Alyssa Milano: Generalisations

Always avoid generalisations. I mean, you should never use them. I was watching TV in the States, when I saw a Unicef USA advert with actress Alyssa Milano. She said you should donate to the kids, “So they never have to look into the face of death again.” If you apply...

An echo of familiarity

An echo of familiarity Man's true character is only known when he stands alone in front of an all you can eat buffet. (Confucius) This phrase came to me when I saw this sign in cafe... Aside from the creative possibility of ending an existing phrase (as was on the...

Atariaxia – outside the game

Atariaxia - outside the game Even though the original Atari logo looks a little like Mount Fuji, it was apparently based on Atari’s first game ‘Pong’ - where a player on each side of the central line would hit a ball back and forth. ‘Atariaxia’ is an obvious extension...

Cleverer and wronger

It’s wrong to be too clever; it’s wronger to be cleverer. Wronger should be ‘more wrong’, and cleverer should be ‘more clever’ but the former is using something incorrectly (i.e. wrong) in order to accentuate a point, and possibly leading to subtle humour. ‘Cleverer’...