Quotes: Puzzles

“… every move the puzzler makes …”

From this, one can make a deduction which is quite certainly the ultimate truth of jigsaw puzzles: despite appearances, puzzling is not a solitary game: every move the puzzler makes, the puzzle-maker has made before …

— Georges Perec, Preamble to Life: A User’s Manual

“… a maximum of effect from an economy of means …”

An arbitrary multiplication of complications is not the best recipe for a puzzle, as we see it: puzzles and their solutions should rather derive a maximum of effect from an economy of means. Both can then have an aesthetic element—charm, elegance, beauty—which we wish to make apparent …

— T. H. O’ Beirne, Preface to Puzzles and Paradoxes

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