Category Archives: Puzzles

Puzzle #9 (Follow-up): Binary Sudoku and the Limits of Visualization

In Puzzle #9: Island of Games, I described an island where a thousand residents enjoy playing three games: Chess, Checkers, and speed-solving of Rubik’s Cube.  Each islander’s skill at each game is assessed with a rating score between zero and … Continue reading

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Puzzle #7 (Follow-up): Treasury Island, Part 1

In Puzzle #7: The Mysterious Islands, I told the story of two islands where each individual’s remaining lifespan can be perfectly predicted. The lifespans on Uniformia are evenly distributed, and their average remaining life expectancy will gradually decline over time. … Continue reading

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Puzzle #8: James Bond

Few know that a scene was cut from the James Bond movie Goldfinger.  Bond has been captured by Goldfinger and is strapped tightly to a large turntable.  Bond’s feet are at the center of the platter and his head rests … Continue reading

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David Brode

David Brode is a financial modeler in Boulder, Colorado.  An avid puzzle solver, he found this blog while searching for puzzles online.  He was intrigued by the puzzles and was curious to see a kindred spirit in Colorado.  David called … Continue reading

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Puzzle #7: The Mysterious Islands

Many years ago, a large jetliner crashed into the ocean.  No one could ever find the plane or any of its passengers or crew.  The outside world did not know that there were many survivors.  They made their way to … Continue reading

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Puzzle #4: Bond Pricing

Here’s another puzzle I’ve used to teach bond math. It’s not hard, but it requires some understanding of bond concepts that I will explain as we go (I beg the patience of bond mavens). Suppose you are the financial advisor … Continue reading

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Puzzle #3: A Better Answer

Puzzle #3 asked for the weighted average life (“WAL”) of the principal payments for a 30-year mortgage that is cut short by a balloon payment at 15 years. The following information was provided: $100,000 Principal; 5% Interest Rate; $536.82 Level … Continue reading

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