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Welcome to our monthly puzzles

You are cordially invited to match wits with some of the best minds in IBM Research.

Seems some of us can't see a problem without wanting to take a crack at solving it. Does that sound like you? Good. Forge ahead and ponder this month's problem. We'll post a new one every month, and allow a month for you to submit solutions (we may even publish submitted answers, especially if they're correct). We usually won't reply individually to submitted solutions but every few days we will update a list of people who answered correctly. At the beginning of the next month, we'll post the answer.

  • Here is the solution for our December 2014 problem.
  • And now... here's our January challenge!

So give your mind a break from its routine---you never know what other problems you may solve in the process!

The current puzzlemaster is Oded Margalit. He took over from James B. Shearer, who took over from the original puzzlemaster Don Coppersmith, in October 2005.

If you have any problems you think we might enjoy, please send them in. All replies should be sent to: webmster@us.ibm.com

Archive

  1. January 2015

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  2. December 2014

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  3. November 2014

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  4. October 2014

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  5. September 2014

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  6. August 2014

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  13. January 2014

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  14. December 2013

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  15. November 2013

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  26. December 2012

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  27. November 2012

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  37. January 2012

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  38. December 2011

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  40. October 2011

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  50. December 2010

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