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Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 205

Puzzle IconMany years ago, a cruise liner sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The castaways luckily landed on a remote desert island.

There was enough food for the 135 people to last four weeks.

Nine days later a rescue ship appeared, unluckily this ship also sank, leaving an additional 36 people stranded on the island to now share the original rationed food.

The food obviously had to be re-rationed, everyone was now on three-quarters of the original ration, so how many days in total would the food last, from the day of the original sinking?

[Puzzle Code = ZJLO] Copyright © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 206

Below are five phrases that have been tinkered with. Rearrange the words so that when they are read aloud they will sound very similar to the required phrase. For example "Ducks Sits Hound Fa Mill Ear" = "Does it sound familiar".

crows dose my off wind
cab chalk clicks fizz lie lye ox soft
a crowed fall jest lobe Rick oath yell
beef four heap luck Yule
dud rough wharf whorls

[Puzzle Code = ZZJE] Copyright © Carl Ginnow
Used with permission from rec.puzzles

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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 207

Puzzle IconThe other day I was sitting in my local tavern, The Spyglass, which overlooks the sea, when in sailed my old friend the pirate Captain Conan Drum. "Well, shiver me barnacles!" he roared on seeing me. He too is a bit of a puzzle addict and so, after joining me for a glass of milk and telling me about his latest exploits on the high seas, he couldn't resist showing me his latest conundrum.

He reached into one of his jacket pockets and produced seven gleaming £5 coins, which he then proceeded to arrange on the table in front of me exactly as shown below. "Now, me lad." he said, with a mischievous look in his eyes. "I'll wager you'll not be able to solve this one. Take away two coins from this here arrangement to leave five coins across and three coins going down."

It was clear the wily old sea dog still had one or two tricks up his sleeve, as I couldn't for the life of me see how it could be done. Can you see through his skulduggery and solve it?

Coins

[Puzzle Code = ZFSL] Copyright © Lloyd King
Lloyd has created an excellent book of lateral puzzles

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 208

Your objective is to place some diagonal mirrors into the grid.

If a ray of light is shone in to the grid from each of the letters, and allowed to bounce off the internal diagonal mirrors, each will exit the grid at the twin of the letter that it entered the grid. For example, a ray entering at either letter D will bounce off some mirrors and exit the grid at the other letter D.

Each row and each column will contain exactly two of the diagonal mirrors.

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[Puzzle Code = ZBTC] Copyright © Elliott Line
This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (196.26) and is used with permission.

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