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Terry Stickels

Do you crave brainteasers?  Do your students delight in them?  (Many of my students do!) Terry Stickels is a world-renowned puzzlemaster who has published several diabolical books of challenges and authored weekly puzzle columns in many newspapers.  You can find out more about him here.  One type of “stickler” that has made him famous is called, “Frame Games,” which are like rebus puzzles, but placement and size of the text give clues as well.  For example, the picture below would translate as, “I understand.”

I Understand.jpg

On the Terry Stickels website you can find many free brainteasers, including a series of “Frame Games.”  There are coin puzzles, variations on sudoku, and several other types of challenges.  Some can be downloaded in tremendous zip files, and others are meant to played online.  Whenever you are looking for a way to pass the time, (such as during the summer break) and still exercise your brain, this is a resource you should definitely consider!




You can find the answer here.
From pzzler.com.  You can find the answer here.

Yes, I spelled it right.  At least, I spelled it the way the website, pzzlr.com, spells it. Considering this is a Phun Phriday post, I think it fits in quite nicely.

If you and your students enjoy brainteasers, then you might want to take a look at this site.  Of course, you might find it a bit frustrating.  I was kind of upset with myself when I finally gave up and looked at the answer to this one – especially since I realized I was so close to solving it right before I caved.

Roman Numerals
Trust me – you’re going to be upset with yourself if you don’t solve this.

I don’t know that I would necessarily direct my students to the site itself, as it contains ads.  Plus, they will probably cheat – like me.  But you could certainly find some puzzles to print off and give to students who have some “spare time” in your room, or present one a week.

Here’s one more.  I actually solved this one, so it might be too easy for your students 😉

Click here for the answer.
Click here for the answer.

Erich’s Puzzle Palace


Want to give your students a seemingly unlimited number of logic puzzles and brainteasers to delve into over the summer?  Try out Erich’s Puzzle Palace.  There are several ways you can sort this huge collection: Math, Word, Grid, and Path are only some of them.  I haven’t tried all of them, or even most of them, so I cannot tell you what grade levels are encompassed.  However, I got stumped on the very first Color Maze puzzle I tried, so now it looks like I’ll be spending by entire summer trying to figure those out 😉