The following pictures were
sent to me by Jerry Slocum of Beverly Hills, CA, USA in September, 2002.
They are taken from magic object puzzles in his large collection of
It is unfortunate that, while some of these puzzles
are very old, they do not usually show a date.
Did you notice the prices?.
The 'Marvellous' "26" puzzle, in particular, seems to be of circa 1900
origin. However, while much is made of the fact it is copyrighted, no date
These puzzle pictures were supplied courtesy of:
Jerry Slocum and the non-profit Slocum Puzzle Foundation. Thank you,
Jerry, for supplying me with this material.
And thank you, Paul Vaderlind, for putting me in touch with Jerry Slocum.
The following six pencil-and-paper puzzles were also
received in the package sent by Jerry Slocum. They are selected from 22
such puzzles which are credited to Ivan Moscovich,1995. However, none of
them appear in any of the four books I have at hand by this author.
Magic Triple Nesting Square
Distribute numbers from 1 to 12 to get the same sum in 4 linear
tetrads and 4 squares.
Magic Whirling Squares
Distribute numbers from 1 to 8 to get the same sum in 4 linear
tetrads and one square sum double the other.
Magic Whirling Pentagons
Distribute numbers from 1 to 10 to get the same sum in 5 linear
Magic Triangles Pinwheel
Distribute numbers from 1 to 16 to get the same sum in 3 linear
triads, 3 linear tetrads, and 3 linear pentrads.
Magic Octagon Cross
Distribute the numbers 1 to 16 to get the same sum in 4 linear
triads and 4 squares.
Magic Nesting Triangles
Distribute the numbers 1 to 12 to get the same sum in 6 tetrads.
I have not yet achieved solutions to all of the 6 puzzles
shown above, so cannot guarantee that such solutions do exist. I would be
interested in hearing of results obtained in this regard.
Is there an interest out there
for a page (or pages) of number puzzles such as the six shown above?
The above images were all contributed by Jerry Slocum and
I thank him again for his kind generosity.
If I receive additional material of this type from other sources, I will add it
to this page.