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Cat in the Stax: Logic Puzzles

  • Posted by: Rebecca Amrick
  • Posted Date: January 31, 2024
  • Filed Under: Library News

As Falvey’s Cat in the Stax, Rebecca writes articles covering a broad range of topics, from academics to hobbies to random events. All the while highlighting how Falvey Library can enhance your Villanova experience!

What do you do when you’re bored? Do you watch a movie or show, read a book, or simply scroll through Instagram? Let’s say you only have a free 20 minutes, not a lot of time to do anything substantial. A puzzle or brain teaser is a good way to pass the time while putting your mind to work in a fun activity. Logic puzzles are a great thing to do on a rainy day or when you have a tiny bit (or even a lot) of free time.

My favorite type of logic puzzle is the Logic Grid Puzzle. In this puzzle, you’re given a situation, a series of categories, and an equal number of options in each category. Based on the clues provided, you have to match up the correct options within each category. Here’s an example: Maria is organizing her school notebooks. She has five notebooks and each one is a different color and used for a different class. Because Maria is reusing old notebooks, each one has a different number of pages as well. Based on a list of clues, you would then try and figure out which colored notebook is used for which class and how many pages it has. You’re given a grid to cross out pairs that don’t work and check off ones you know are connected. Sound interesting? Check out these online logic grid puzzles and try some out for yourself!

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Falvey has an interesting book on the history and roots of logic puzzles if that is something you’d like to learn more about. The Library also has books containing different types of logic puzzles for you to try out! They have some simple brain teasers that (allegedly) take less than one minute to solve. You can check also out this book of Sudoku puzzles or even try out some crossword puzzles available at Falvey.

I also recommend this super cool book of Whodunnit Puzzles where you get to use your wits and logic to solve various mysteries. Who doesn’t like playing detective every once in a while? If you like puzzles or love mystery–or both–this is definitely an activity to try out.

Rebecca Amrick

Rebecca Amrick is a first year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.



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