Intellectual Advancement

    • Puzzle fail

      7 years ago

      Intellectual Advancement

      Okay, so that puzzle style obviously needs re-thought. Ideally, it would be an app that you could mess with on your phone or during your lunch break and get your name on the high scores for the puzzles... so now I need someone who can put together an app. Whether it's in Flash, Java, HTML5 or the language of your choice, here's what it would do:

      It's a game that would, at its core, be an "arrange the components" puzzle. The player would be given a set of objects to place in an unlimited model space, with a list of what needs to connect to what. (The objects would be represented by generic single-colour rectangles or circles scaled to different sizes, with a unique number on each one and a set of connection points, also with unique IDs)
      But it's more than that, because there might eventually be dozens of puzzles. Hopefully more. The app would need to access a list of the puzzles (split by difficulty) and load a random one from the user's difficulty selection. It'd also be nice if it were easy to add and remove puzzles, say if the list were in a text file.
      After the user completes the puzzle (and clicks "finished") they would be scored on how compact they've made the solution and how short they've made the link lines (say, total area * total line length) then their arrangement would be saved to a web server (mine currently runs the latest MySQL, as I recall) and they would be able to enter their name on the high scores for that puzzle.

      Anyone feel like they can take up this challenge? I'm happy to provide more data if needed.

    • NEW PUZZLE!

      7 years ago

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      This is sort of in the Alpha stage... for the moment, you'll need to use an image editor such as MS Paint, iPhoto or Photoshop. You can probably do a good job on a vector package like Corel, if you prefer, though it can be hard to retain the original image resolution.

      Here are the components for part of an electronic device I own...
      20120106A-Comp.png

      There are a number of connections to be made between them, as follows:

      01A to 07A
      01B to 07E
      02A to 07B
      02B to 07E
      03A to 07C
      03B to 07E
      04A to 07D
      04B to 07E
      05A to (External)
      05B to (External)
      06 (Screw hole, oppose with 05)

      You can delete the connection letters as long as it's clear what's what. All the tracks need to be at least 2px thick, with at least 2px between them, plus a bit of space to solder. Items 01 to 04 need to be spaced equally in a line, but they can get close together no problem.
      05 is a screw that also transfers an analogue signal from an aerial to a wire, so it only connects to off-board components and just needs to be separate from 06 for stability.
      Feel free to add extra space in the image (i.e. resize) as long as you don't rescale goofy.png

      I'll hopefully have a Flash-based version of this going in a couple of months with more puzzles and differing complexity wink.png

      The most efficient design by the 1st of February wins! Compare it to the original, which I've uploaded here!
      I know I said this would be a business tool as well, but this first puzzle isn't. It's just a circuit board I happened to know was relatively simple.

    • Puzzle idea

      7 years ago

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      Sorry it's been a while since any puzzles ran, I'll be starting that again soon. I've just had an idea that could work as both a brain-teaser puzzle competition for the public and as a business tool like Duolingo (explanation) and ReCaptcha do in other areas.
      Suppose I were to give you an image of a set of electrical components and a list of how they should connect to each other, then ask you to produce the smallest circuit board layout you can without resizing the image or anything in it. So you get to arrange the whole thing any way and the most efficient layout (least total & average connection lengths, plus smallest overall board size) wins.
      It's a geometric brain teaser with a purpose.
      Does that sound like a puzzle you would enjoy solving?

    • Rethink

      7 years ago

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      So, the last puzzle looked like a little bit of a cop-out, though it took a bit of effort to think up and locate. But I'm now wondering what direction the news updates should take.
      We can go back to the puzzle types I initially started - Sudoku, lateral thinking and perhaps other mathematical or logical puzzles. Alternatively, we can go for more of a daily brain challenge, such as the best solution to a theoretical problem or the best score on a less right-and-wrong puzzle type.
      Another idea I've toyed with is moving that to a thread, where whoever successfully solves a puzzle gets to specify the next one (or open it to the floor if they're out of ideas) - meaning the group news could provide updates on topics such as the latest science on any intellectual topic (such as alternative ways to learn effectively or how to unlock your creativity, or even how babies think)

      Those of you who know me will be aware I have a tendency to use polls at any opportunity... so here we go.
      Any comments or other ideas are more than welcome!

    • After much delay...

      7 years ago

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      Our last exercise lasted rather longer than I originally intended... there were some interesting solutions.
      The most complex thought-out solution was actually my somewhat simplistic view on it. Not eligible to win. So there are two other prizes.

      Most entertaining solution:
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      FJewel


      Most effective solution:
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      TheNefasus


      For our next brain task, how about something a little bit different? I think we should aim to exercise every facet of the brain in this group, rather than just lateral thinking or analysis or such.

      New puzzle
      Miniclip has a rather tricky little time trial game that took me a couple of minutes to figure out. Have a go (or a few goes) and screencap your best score. No cheating! The highest score posted here on Monday will be the winner.

    • Penception

      7 years ago

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      Our last exercise has been solved. Congrats to the winner:
      BuckeyeDon_square.jpg
      BuckeyeDon


      Special mention to an exceptionally creative set of solutions:
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      DocRossim


      Who would have thought the answer was a pen within a pen? I didn't guess it!
      Of course, the thing with these puzzles is always that your mind's current paradigm creates apparent rules. These rules are almost always invented by you and inapplicable to the puzzle, though the author generally intended for you to invent those rules.
      I've thought long and hard about how to make the news article exercises less likely to be solved in minutes. I think the best way to go is where there is no necessarily correct answer. This allows you all to be more creative in your solutions.

      New puzzle
      Let's start with an easy one that probably puzzles hygiene fanatics up and down the planet every day. Sid is a lazy kitchen porter; the restaurant owner is pretty sure Sid never washes his hands and, worse, is the one that either doesn't flush or leaves the lid up so that the air is filled with germs when he does flush. How can the restaurant owner adapt the facilities to get round Sid's unhygienic laziness?
      Best-thought-out solution by the end of tomorrow is the winner.

    • Soviet Puzzle Day

      8 years ago

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      Our last exercise has been solved. Congrats to the winner:
      BuckeyeDon_square.jpg
      BuckeyeDon


      New puzzle
      There are nine Jaxoms in the USSRvB state farm. How can the Comrade Farmer split them into four pens so that each pen contains an odd number of Jaxoms?

    • It's been days

      8 years ago

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      Sorry about the delay. Our last exercise has been solved. Congrats to the winner:
      TheBeta_square.jpg
      TheBeta


      New puzzle
      A man goes ten days in a row without sleeping, yet isn't tired. How is this possible?

    • Let's make this tougher...

      8 years ago

      Intellectual Advancement

      Our last exercise has been solved too. Four in a day? Congrats to the winner:
      BuckeyeDon_square.jpg
      BuckeyeDon


      New puzzle
      It's another Sudoku! Commence solving!
      20110808Sudoku.png?t=1312839238

    • Step up?

      8 years ago

      Intellectual Advancement

      Our last exercise has been solved. Congrats to the winner:
      TheBeta_square.jpg
      TheBeta


      Hopefully, this one's harder...
      New puzzle
      A dead man is found in field, with an unopened package beside him. How did he die?

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    Your brain is a part of your body. It needs exercise or it will wither away.


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