# Did you solve it? The Zoom puzzle

The solution to today’s puzzles

Earlier today I set you three puzzles.

1) Deduce the Zoom algorithm for placing four faces, using the three screengrabs below taken from three different people’s computers during the same meeting. For those who have never used Zoom before, the yellow outline tells you who is speaking, and doesn’t affect the positions. The fourth screengrab from the same meeting is above, but you can solve the problem without it.

Solution

The only position which has a different face in all screengrabs is top right (TR). (Also this image is flipped). We deduce that a person looking at their computer sees themselves TR.

Let the other positions be TL, BL and BR. We get the orders

Alex Ben Daisy

Alex Laurelie Daisy

Ben Laurelie Daisy

Alex Ben Laurelie.

These all obey the overall order: ‘Alex, Ben, Laurelie, Daisy’, which is the answer. This order is the order in which people joined the meeting (although there was no way to deduce that.)

2) Read the ten words below. If you were able to turn the screen upside down and read it in a mirror, only one of the words below will appear exactly the same. Can you work out which one?

BAR, BENCH, BOX, CIRCLE, DUG-OUT, GOAL, LINE, POST, SPOT, TURF.

Solution: BOX

3) The image below shows 22 positions of a ball as it moves around a pitch, joined by lines. The correct path of the ball starts at Q and then, moving only along the lines, passes through all the other letters, spelling out a phrase of seven English words. The path passes each letter once and only once. What’s the phrase?

The answer is quite hard but you can do it!

Solution: QUITE HARD BUT YOU CAN DO IT

I hope you enjoyed the puzzles, and I’ll be back in two weeks.

If you want more puzzles like this, why not check out Football School: the Ultimate Puzzle Book, which is where the last two puzzles are from. It is the eighth book in the Football School series, which aims to inspire reading and curiosity through football, and is packed with logic games, crosswords, riddles, spot the differences, and much more

Alex Bellos

The Guardian

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