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Solution: ‘The Road Less Traveled’

The solution to this month’s puzzle uses both mathematics and psychology to explain trouble with choosing the fastest route.

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The Road Less Traveled

When there are two paths to your destination, why does it always seem like you’re on the road with more traffic?

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Solution: ‘The Slippery Eel of Probability’

The solution to this month’s puzzle examines the use of abstract probabilities as an antidote to real-world ignorance.

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The Slippery Eel of Probability

How do you solve probability problems that appear to have more than one correct answer?

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Solution: ‘Information From Randomness?’

The counterintuitive solution to this month’s puzzle raises philosophical questions about randomness and information.

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Can Information Rise From Randomness?

Quanta’s new puzzle column asks you to believe the seemingly impossible — that you can win at a number guessing game with absolutely no information.

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The Nine Schoolgirls Challenge

Solve this variation of Thomas Kirkman’s famous 1850 puzzle by arranging girls in walking groups. And think fast — the clock is ticking.

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A Design Dilemma Solved, Minus Designs

A 150-year-old conundrum about how to group people has been solved, but many puzzles remain.