112 entries in Puzzle / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 44
Unknown A Handkerchief Puzzle tying a knot without letting go of the ends, no trick
1890 More Magic 203
Unknown Scherz-Fragen gag questions, riddles
Mar. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 3) 43
Unknown To Lift Four Straws with a Fifth puzzle
1902 The Modern Conjurer 308
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Gegenstände durch ein enges Loch zaubern a disentanglement puzzle
1930 Zauberkunststücke 41
Gerald Kosky Swindle unsolvable puzzle is solved behind back
Also published here 1938 The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938) 324
Clayton Rawson Puzzle From a Top Hat geometry puzzle
1938 The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938) 324
Theodore Annemann Contest Dept. square layout, mini-sudoku-type puzzle
1939 The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 373
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack
1939 The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 408
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on table
Related to 1939 The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 413
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzle
1939 The Jinx (Issue 58) 419
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzlepu
1939 The Jinx (Issue 59) 424
Unknown Getting Coin in Glass paper on glass, coin on top, getting coin in glass without touching paper (no snap!)
1940 The Jinx (Issue 93) 580
Unknown The Odd Estate puzzle with a story about a will
1941 The Jinx (Issue 128) 739
Herb Runge The Weird Inn with rhyme
Variations 1941 The Jinx (Issue 128) 739
Bruce Elliott Elliott at Play puzzle/game "My Grandmother likes Tea"
1941 The Jinx (Issue 137) 780
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 17) 70
Wilbur T. Kattner Axis Cut three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free all
Related to 1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 39) 162
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cuts
Related to
  • page 203 for solution
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 48) 198
L. Vosburgh Lyons Puzzle figure, what's the size of the surface, solution on page 246
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 58) 239
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 65) 267
Frederick Mosteller Fred Mosteller's Solution to No. 87 logic word puzzle, weight problem with a fake coin
1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 90) 366
E. H. Borden Horses - A Number Quickie illogic puzzle, dividing horses under three sons
Related to 1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 126) 506
Alan Barnert Dead Man's Chest trick with the "15 Puzzle", impossible arrangement
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 186) 745
Unknown The Puzzling Loop Topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest)
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 86
Unknown Reversing the Vest Person wearing vest, hands are clasped together. Vest can be turned inside out without unclasping hands.
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 86
Unknown Removing the Vest Vest can be removed from body without removing coat
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 87
Martin Gardner Fibonacci Series About the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. Based on work by V. Schlegel, E.B. Escott and Lewis Carroll
Related to
  • V. Schlegel, Zeitschrift fur Mathematik und Physik, Vol. 24, p. 123 (1879)
  • E. B. Escott, Open Court, Vol. 21, p. 502 (1907)
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 134
Max Katz Strange Change
1957 26 Originals 22
Max Katz Wrong Number!
1957 26 Originals 23
Max Katz A teaser calculation puzzle
1957 26 Originals 23
Bert Allerton Magic Letter Square a cross-word puzzle
1958 The Close-Up Magician 54
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Related toVariations 1965 Magician's Magic 248
Unknown Age Puzzle
Related to
  • solution on p. 38
May 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 34
Frederick Pohl Heads I Win wager/puzzle in which performer knows something about the number of circles the spectator secretly draws
1968 Epilogue (Issue 4) 25
Bob Bergheim Coin Displacement Puzzle
Related to Mar. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 5) 166
Bob Bergheim Coin Puzzle solution
Related to Apr. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 170
Unknown Past Time how to time 15 minutes with a 7 and 11 minute hour glass
Oct. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 12) 212
L. Vosburgh Lyons Betcha! geometric puzzle in which an area must be divided into four or five equal pieces
Related to May 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 7) 260
Paul Curry In the Balance weighing puzzle, see also p. 312 for variation by Ben Braude
Related to July 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 9) 269
Paul Curry In the Balance solution to weighing puzzle
Related to Aug. 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 10) 274
Karl Fulves A Remarkable Bet heads and tails bet with three coins, presentation for Walter Penney's coin flipping paradox
1970 Epilogue (Issue 10) 77
Unknown Number Equation Puzzle
Feb. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 4) 318
Ed Morrisey Word Completion Puzzle see p. 348 for Sid Lorraine puzzles and p. 352
Apr. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 332
Sid Lorraine, John Holt Etcetera word puzzles
July 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 9) 348
Unknown Geometric Puzzle die and card in corner, wanted is the height of a triangle, see p. 424 for clue to solution
Nov. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 1) 372
L. Vosburgh Lyons Hexed layout puzzle with seven paper hexagons, see also p. 602
Winter 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio) 378
Emil Jarrow, Theodore Annemann All In A Row coin layout puzzle
Related to Dec. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 386
Martin Gardner Turnabout Coins coin layout puzzle
Related toVariationsAlso published here Mar. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5) 412
Karl Fulves Babel death of George McAthy, credit statement on linking rubber bands, John Scarne, geometric puzzle (for solution, see p. 470), Paul Cinquevalli's juggling closer
Related to Aug. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 10) 436
Karl Fulves Babel Bruce Elliott's card accident, 26th All-Day Magic Convention, puzzle from Playboy about perspective (solution on p. 582)
Oct. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 12) 564
Steve Spillman Another Dimension using puzzle cube with card indices on each part
1972 Magick (Issue 49) 243
Unknown A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen
1974 Tricks with Paper 34
Gerald Kosky Swindle trick with ring on block puzzle, impossible object
Also published here 1975 The Magic of Gerald Kosky 229
Arthur Day Holidaze logic puzzle
Dec. 1976 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 4) 339
Karl Fulves Chink-a-Chink Ideas puzzle pieces gather and assemble themselves, different versions, no methods given
1976 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #5) 929
Bill Elliott The "Oh" Puzzle layout puzzle, pieces have to be arranged in square
Also published here
  • Ibidem
1977 The Magic Book 156
Unknown Snap Back puzzle apparatus in which stick must apparently inserted in tube and attached to rubber band
1979 Elastrix 17
Dick Zimmerman Puzzle Wit spectator removes piece from a solved puzzle, performer finds the same piece in a pile of pieces from the same unsolved puzzle, performed on TV by Romark
1980 Magick (Issue 254) 1267
Martin Gardner Quant Quirk 4x4 square of 16 cards, some face-up some face-down randomly, with certain allowed turnover moves one has to get all cards in one direction, sucker game
1981 Octet 18
Karl Fulves Quant Notes notes on preceding "Quant Quirk"
1981 Octet 21
Stephen Tucker Magic Square spectator mixes numbers in a plastic sliding numbers sorting puzzle, magic square
1982 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 20) 391
Karl Fulves Saturn's Snake pieces of paper must be arranged in a certain way, layout puzzle
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 7
Karl Fulves Space Station tower of Hanoi variation
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 8
Karl Fulves The Jupiter War tokens have to be placed on a grid to satisfy certain conditions
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 9
Karl Fulves Mars City moving five objects around in a grid to reach requested final layout
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 10
Karl Fulves Sailing Ships layout puzzle, forming square out of several pieces
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 11
Karl Fulves The Monorail problem of moving cars around on tracks
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 13
Karl Fulves Found on Pluto forming three squares from some straight bars, layout puzzle
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 14
Karl Fulves Reversing the Computer moving eight objects around in a 3x3 grid to reach requested final layout
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 15
Karl Fulves Lunar Traffic Jam moving objects around in grid according to rules
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 17
Karl Fulves Splitting the Atom layout puzzle in which alternating chips must be made to be separated
1982 Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 18
Unknown What's Next No. 51, continuing a series of letters
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 76
J. C. Coy Visualization Test No. 26, puzzle in which the number of holes has to be guessed when corners are cut off folded paper, there are none
Related to 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 51
Unknown Square Dance No. 31, cutting a design up in a certain way, puzzle
Also published here
  • Henry Dudeney's scrapbook
1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 56
Kobon Fumimure Eight Squares No. 32, squares are arranged in a design and observer has to label them from up to down
1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 58
Unknown The Genius Test No. 33, puzzle in which a paper, string and finger ring arrangement has to be taken apart
1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 59
Rick Johnsson Nailed twisted nail puzzle, two bent nails linked, one-handed linking, apparently linked and unlinked when shaken in jar
Also published here
  • "Nailed" (Rick Johnsson, MUM, Feb. 1981)
1988 The Chronicles (Issue 35) 1408
Karl Fulves Marketable idea for jigsaw puzzle with cards
1988 Interlocutor (Issue 50) 232
Karl Fulves State of Mind spectator choses a state from map puzzle which is predicted
1988 Interlocutor (Issue 50) 240
Michael DeMarco Give Piece a Chance five envelopes with cut up paper puzzle, four are complete, spectator finds envelope where one piece is missing
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "Shape of Things to Come"
1992 The Minotaur (Vol. 4 No. 4) 9
Steve Dusheck Six Easy Pieces one of six puzzle pieces chosen, it's the one missing
1993 Dusheck's Mental Magic 64
Karl Fulves Twisted Logic effect with twisted nail puzzle, tossed from hand to hand, then one of the two nails travels to other hand
1994 Rigmarole (Issue 10) 111
Steve Dusheck Beady puzzle in which small beads have to be rolled into holes, performer does it behind his bag
1994 Dusheck's Close-Up Magic 124
Utz Napierala Preis-Puzzle-Party "Ein mental-magisches Scherzo"
puzzle pieces in envelopes, performer finds missing one that completes puzzle
1995 Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 4&5) 164
Bob Driebeek Das Erbe des alten Arabers illogical puzzle, dividing money under three sons, done with real coins
Related to 1996 Aenigmas Rätsel 37
Bob Driebeek Wie man seine Freunde zum Narren hält - oder besser: Wie man sich Feinde macht cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by 1996 Aenigmas Rätsel 45
Lee Earle Puzzling Perception solved jigsaw puzzle is displayed, one piece is removed and placed among pieces of an identical jigsaw, spectator removes handful of pieces and spectator locates missing piece
1997 Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 2) 269
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle about three switches on the wall
Related to 1998 The Fine Print (Issue 7) 203
Karl Fulves Balloons and Strings
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle, connecting balloons with strings without crossing the strings
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 7) 203
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
Related to 1998 The Fine Print (Issue 8) 249
Mel Stover Welcome to Melsville bonus insert after page 60, version of Sam Loyd's "Horse and Rider Puzzle"
Sep. 1999 Genii (Vol. 62 No. 9) 60
David Regal Piece of My Mind piece of puzzle is divined
2002 Constant Fooling 2 104
Jim Steinmeyer Understanding the Bermuda Triangle counting trick with triangle formation of objects
2002 Impuzzibilities 15
Steve Beam Imaginary Vanish mathematical problem, dividing money
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.
2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 111
Karl Fulves Off The Wall puzzle how to attach a candle to the wall from "Reader's Digest"
2006 Prolix (Issue 2) 82
Unknown Family Plan twist on the river-crossing puzzle
2007 Prolix (Issue 3) 162
David Regal The Secret presentation for mathematical paradox with bills
Inspired by
  • "Borderline Case" (Maurice Fogel - In Search of the Sensational, 2007)
June 2008 Genii (Vol. 71 No. 6) 54
Tony Fatseas Sam Loyd: The Puzzle King about several classic puzzles
Oct. 2008 Genii (Vol. 71 No. 10) 40
Josh Mandel Cryptic Crossword No. 1: A Basic Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords
Jan. 2009 Genii (Vol. 72 No. 1) 16
Roberto Giobbi Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms mathematical puzzle performed with finger
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 2) 4
Unknown Out of Proportion puzzle
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Apr 5) 106
Pekka Gunst Reindeer Puzzle match puzzle
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue May 28) 159
Roberto Giobbi Trick Questions
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 11) 240
Roberto Giobbi Four Number Problems
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 15) 244
Unknown Number Puzzles
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Sep 29) 291
Unknown Puzzle of the Nine Letters
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 13) 305
Steve Cohen Too Puzzling pieces of puzzle assemble magically and form image of chosen animal
2012 The F.F.F.F. Book 45
John Lovick President Handsome riddle/illogicality with bills in which money is spent but apparently everyone, including the spender, walks away with profit
Inspired by 2016 The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. 77
Roberto Giobbi Credit Crunch Solved puzzle story
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Oct 23) 304
Christoph Borer Die wahre Liebe glass puzzle, fits in box even when piece added, storytelling presentation, fairy tale
2016 21 198
David Britland The Case of the Missing Hats
  • Cardopolis
adding an extra card for cleaner initial display
cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by Mar. 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 3) 22