Brain-building sight-reading frustrating fun


I didn’t encounter logic puzzles until about - what was it, fourth or fifth grade? - and I remember enjoying them, even if I didn’t always get them right. Turns out there’s a website that has logic puzzles like the ones I remember, and then some. There’s some competition for the fastest time to solve the easy level, 3x4 grid puzzles; usually, the top player finishes in 30 seconds, and the same small group of names tend to hold the record. I’m lucky if I solve it in less than a minute - some take around three. (Took a look more recently, and found that there's slightly more room at the top in the moderate difficulty puzzles. Only slightly, though.) Here's where the sight reading comes in: the clues are given in brief blocks of text, out of which you have to winnow the relevant information while racing the clock. The easier ones have information in quickly-recognizable intervals, like January-February-March or 5-10-15. The more difficult ones have intervals along the lines of 1958-1965-1972, or worse - long strings of numbers for coordinates, for example - which slow you down. It can be frustrating, but so satisfying to get right.

If you want to post your times in the comments alongside the puzzles, you’ll have to sign up for an account, but you don’t want to toot your own horn, right? (Eh, who am I kidding. Of course I signed up.) If you’re interested, here’s a link to Puzzle Baron’s home page, and here’s a link to their Logic Puzzle page. Thanks to them for permission to post these.

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