A mathematical problem, usually not requiring advanced mathematics, to which a solution is desired. Puzzles frequently require the rearrangement of existing pieces (e.g., 15 puzzle) or the filling in of blanks (e.g., crossword puzzle).

See also

15 Puzzle, Baguenaudier, Caliban Puzzle, Conway Puzzle, Cryptarithmetic, Dissection Puzzles, Icosian Game, Pythagorean Square Puzzle, Rubik's Cube, Slothouber-Graatsma Puzzle, T-Puzzle, Theta-0 Graph

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