A ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ puzzle that you can solve with your children


This week’s honors Riddles Eric Carle, a beloved illustrator and author of a children’s book which, unfortunately, passed away this week. His work has explored the natural world through bright i whimsical style of illustration using layered paper collage. There is a friendly warmth on each of its pages.

One of Carle’s earliest and most famous works is “A very hungry caterpillar, “Which follows the adventures of a caterpillar that starts small and then gradually eats through a variety of foods, increasing in size. Following the story, young readers learn to recognize different types of food and also practice counting – the first day the caterpillar eats one apple; the other day he eats two pears; and so on. And many prints showed that the caterpillar literally swallowed every object, leaving a hole in the page.

Here we designed the story in the form of a jigsaw puzzle – with the help of illustrator Conundrums Lara Williams. Our hungry caterpillar made its way through all the delicious food products downstairs, taking a few bites from each.

Can you understand what this massive smorgasboard turned into? As in the original, you’ll need to practice food recognition – and also count a little. But once you succeed, you should be able to recognize a few nine-letter words that together make up this week’s answer.

This puzzle may seem a bit confusing at first, as it comes with very few instructions on how to start solving it – mostly it’s just a series of illustrations. But like many children’s books, it can actually succeed more affordable. In fact, the solution mechanism is intuitive enough to be able to provide a good introduction to puzzles for the first time. Maybe try to work this out with the whole family!

If you get stuck, tips will be announced on Twitter iu Bloomberg opinion today. To be included in the list of solvers, add your name to the answer. And don’t forget apply for our Conundrums email list!

Programming Note: The following puzzles take place on June 6th.

Earlier in Kominer’s riddles …

We presented a game called “the word stoichiometry, ”In which words could“ react ”together like chemicals to produce new ones. Solvers had to work out the basic mechanisms behind the seven examples of reactions and then use them to solve seven new word equations.

The mechanisms were as follows:

With these mechanisms in place, you could move on to the new equations and solve them as follows:

Compiling these solutions resulted in the phrase “BARIUM PLUS TWICE SODIUM IN A BALANCED BREAKFAST.”

But what could that brain food be? You certainly don’t want to eat a breakfast bar!

In fact, this was the last round of the word game from chemistry: u periodic table, barium has the symbol “Ba” and sodium is “Na”. So barium plus twice sodium is “Ba + Na + Na” or “BaNaNa” – resulting in a balanced equation that can certainly be part of a balanced breakfast. That, of course, was the answer.

On top of that, there was one small bonus: an Easter egg in memory of the 52nd edition of the puzzle. This was hidden in the original word equations – reading the first letters of each resulting word was written “ONE YEAR”. (Thank you so much for reading and solving our past 52 weeks of puzzles! I look forward to many more.)

Zoz * he first understood the word stoichiometry and then followed Noam D. Elkies *; Michael Thaler; Nathaniel Ver Steeg; Daniel Kramarsky; Zarin Pathan *; Filbert Crab; Lazar Ilic *; Franklyn Wang,, Tea by Cindy Yang and Sha-Mayn; i Luke Harney *. There were 17 other solvers Tamara Brenner,, Alexander Haberman,, Maya Kaczorowski,, Ellen and William Kominers,, Vikrant Kulkarni,, Eric Mannes,, Dave Matuskey,, Tamar Oostrom and Kathryn Nutting,, Ross Rheingans-Yoo,, Melissa Shirley,, Adam broke down,, Spaceman Spiff,, Nancy and Murray Stern,, Sanandan swaminathan,, Michaela Wilson,, Dylan Zabell,, i Rostyslav Zatserkovnyi. (Asterisks indicate solvers who also found the “ONE YEAR” Easter egg.) Many solvers submitted emoji solutions or photos followers from “Despicable Me”. I Kramarsky sent in this A + joke: “What is Beethoven’s favorite fruit? Ba-na-na NAAAAA. Ba-na-na NAAAAA. ” In the meantime, Rheingans-Yoo pointed at us this short story, in which the word form stoichiometry plays a central role. Plus thanks especially to my brother, Paul Kominers, to solve tests!

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Scott Duke Kominers was an MBA class student in 1960, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and a professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard. He was previously a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and an inaugural researcher at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economic Research at the University of Chicago.


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