brain teasers

  1. INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    In one of the past articles, we have already introduced you to Professor Hoffman's impressive book, "Puzzles, Old and New".

    For those who missed it, this enthusiast of games and puzzles, decided to enclose in a single text any puzzle he could trace back to his days.
    Some were newly invented, others as ancient as Noah.

    And anyone who is lucky enough to leaf through the pages of the book is faced with barin teasers of all kinds, from the most traditional to the most absurd.
    Brain teasers and more, because there are also sections dedicated to numerical and literary logic games.
    In short, aiming at the idea of ​​solving them all, was a long long time project.

    One of the puzzles explained and illustrated by Hoffman has to do, as you may have guessed from the title, with a spider.
    The professor refers to it as "The Spider and the Flies", describing it as one of the cutest of the "dexterity and perseverance" puzzles.

    It is a small wooden tray with glass on the front.
    In the background a spider's web is outlined, drawn right in the center of it.
    And in correspondence of the spider's stomach a slight depression of the base of the game.

    In different points of the canvas appear small colored circles, two blue and two red, and four small balls of felt to represent flies.
    The player had to have fun bringing each fly in its relative position, avoiding ending up in the belly of the spider (personified by a mercury globule).

    And, speaking of puzzles that have to do with webs and spiders, in our catalog you will find a small, very enigmatic wooden chest.
    In fact, on the Einstein Box a spider similar to that of Hoffman's game is drawn, but inside? We do not know ... at least until we can solve it!

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  2. MICHAEL COLLINS THE ASTRONAUT

    MICHAEL COLLINS THE ASTRONAUT

    The MOON puzzle is finally available on our site, a new challenge for all fans not only of puzzles but also of space, stars and cosmos.

    You too will have a difficult mission to complete on the lunar surface, for which you can draw inspiration from the crew of Apollo 11, in particular the often forgotten astronaut who played, perhaps, the most important role of all.
    We are talking about Michael Collins, who passed away last April.

    We can start by saying that we also feel Collins a bit of an Italian hero, given his birth in Rome.

    In 1963 he was selected as an astronaut and, after being a reserve member of the Gemini VII, he had the great honor of traveling in space twice: aboard the Gemini 10 and, subsequently, the famous Apollo 11.
    266 hours in space.

    Of Apollo 11, two names are often remembered, Armstrong and Aldrin.
    This is because they were the ones who put their faces on it, they were the ones who descended to the surface of the Moon aboard the Lunar Module Eagle.

    What about Collins then?
    Collins remained aboard Columbia, the Command and Service Module (CSM) that orbited the moon.
    A role just as central to the success of the mission, as much as the landing of his companions on the immaculate surface.
    Without his guidance and control of the module, the crew could not have returned home safely.

    An important role, but also a risky one. Collins found himself on several occasions to be the human being furthest from Earth as well as the most isolated, also from the point of view of communications. He had to stay focused, very concentrated, all without being able to communicate with his companions, without even knowing if they were still alive.

    It seems right to me, therefore, to also remember who worked in the shadow of the moon ... which is not so much of a shadow, don't you think?

    Discover our puzzle in refined

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