You may remember that last week we helped young Albert open the company safe in his bid to get access to a rare clock. Well, it seems that the company are especially hot on security. When he opened the safe door, Albert was confronted with three boxes. Each had a picture of a different form of transport (a speedboat, a racecar and a horse).

The note simply said….

Hi ,
The rare clock is in one of these boxes. You only get to open one box and your task is to open the one containing the clock. Here is a clue that might help – “I am the same going forwards as backwards”

Good Luck

Bob (company director)

Which box should Albert open?

As ever, please do not submit your solution, but feel free to say if you think that you have solved it and how long it took. Answer on Monday! Have a good weekend.

Update: For those that get it straight away, Briantist has posed a nice follow-up question – how do you spell ‘a hungry horseโ in four letters?

1. I know the answer, and it took me all of 5 seconds. ๐ I’m not joking.

2. Got it! 20 seconds or so. Now I can relax for the weekend.

1. Rich says:

That pretty much sums up how I feel about these puzzles. Thanks for throwing in an easy one Richard. I can get back to work without distraction now.

3. Alan says:

4. Emily says:

Terribly clever! ๐

5. Freelancecynic says:

Ah Richard. One even I can do. It must be too easy!

6. Yay! I could do this one!! got it straight away. =)

7. Frankie says:

Yes! Got it in about 30 seconds ๐ Love the TARDIS by the way, I’d definately have one in my house!

8. Gareth says:

No problemo. Got it pretty much instantly.

I like the easy ones! :oD (My brain ain’t quite good enough for some of the harder ones…)

1. Catherine says:

I agree – I like the easy ones! Got this one in under 10 seconds

9. Oh come on, I thought these were meant to be challenging??!! ๐

11. Livi says:

far too easy it took less than two seconds

12. Paul says:

Got it and I think 5 seconds would be generous.

Seems to be very unambiguous, but I look forward to the spew of convaluted reality-stretching ‘alternative’ answers.

1. ScreamingGreenConure says:

I’m going to make up one of those answers, just for you. ๐

13. Widdowquinn says:

Very quickly.

14. Michelle says:

Ok it’s been 5 minutes for me and I still don’t get it.

15. Sander says:

With this kind of security, who needs locks anymore?

16. Flick says:

I was quite pleased with myself about getting this til I saw everyone saying how easy it was…although it did take be about 10 seconds

17. Rohan says:

this was tooooo simple!

18. Mike Foster says:

Easy! Took me about 2 seconds. Your other one with the numbers got me, though.

19. Lenard says:

Oh if only I had a man, a plan or a canal………

20. K says:

Too easy. Albert needs to get a job with sane ppl

21. Anonymous says:

Finally one I got right away!

22. nikki says:

Easy! Took me seconds. Like these ones.

23. Got it as soon as it occured to me to read the instructions above the photograph carefully.

24. Mchl says:

Is it the first friday puzzle I actually solved (out of five so far :P) ?

25. robert says:

at least i don’t need to wait till Monday to get the answer

26. ScreamingGreenConure says:

I got the theory pretty much within a few seconds and the actual answer ages later – I knew what I was looking for, but thought I was wrong because I couldn’t see it. How retarded do you have to be to know what you are looking for, then stare blankly because despite knowing it must be there you can’t see it?
Still, got it. HELL YEAH.

1. Janine says:

I did exactly the same thing! ๐

27. Jess says:

Got this one in about 2 seconds. ๐ Which makes me feel better about not figuring out last week’s.

28. Gib says:

29. AR says:

10 seconds

30. Mike Todd says:

About 30 seconds. Now where’s my rotavator?

Yay got it straight away.

32. Mollyhicks says:

easy peasy…:-)

34. Rosa says:

Yay! Took me ages but I normally fail completely so pretty happy with myself.

35. Janine says:

Just like ScreamingGreenConure I worked out the theory instantly and then doubted myself as I couldn’t see it, got it after about 5 minutes of hard staring!

Mental note to self, remember to read these things very very carefully! ๐

1. ScreamingGreenConure says:

I am so glad I am not the only one.

36. Got it after my second read. Was trying to be too clever at first.

37. Jen says:

Got it pretty quickly, this week! Felt really proud at first until I saw everyone else saying how easy this week’s was. Bad times.

38. I keep thinking of the question: how do you write ‘a hungry horse’ in four letter…

39. Siiw says:

The property of the one box that makes it the right one hit me even before i saw the question…8P This is the first friday puzzle i have got immediately!

40. Pretty much instantly. Anyone who’s read GEB[1] would do the same, of course.

[1] We have all read it, right?

41. Rebecca says:

I got what you were looking for immediately, but took me a few seconds to find it.
yay me! This makes up for my not getting the super easy one from last week right?

42. davezawislak says:

I saw in 5 seconds. Glad when I get the easy ones.

43. Kevin Lewis says:

44. I’m pretty sure I got it if it’s as easy as I think it is – thought you might be using trickery though, so it took awhile….

45. Hilary says:

a couple of seconds – I relate better to words than to numbers!

46. Michael says:

47. Brian says:

Too easy. I feel cheated! :o)

48. Easy one for me for once! Only because the same thing as the correct answer is in one of the “zones” in an online game that I play ๐

49. AnnieJ says:

Way too easy!

50. Dee Dutch says:

that was an easy one, but it’s cool to finally be able to solve a puzzle this time hahaha

51. Eulalumel says:

I thought I had it, then saw people saying it was something of a trick. Looked again, and saw we were both right.

52. I got it. About 2 seconds. Only because you asked me how long it took.

53. KW says:

Easy! The only thing that struck me was that an Englishman would never say ‘racecar’, hmmmmmm

54. DimlyAware says:

The obvious answer just can’t be right. See what you’ve done to our minds? I’ll keep looking for alternatives all weekend!

55. Henk says:

4.75s (I timed myself) ๐

56. Tarrkid says:

5 seconds. I wonder if it’s worth people posting whether they’ve heard the puzzle (or similar) before, or if they had to actually figure it out.

This one I had heard before.

1. I’d previously heard the factoid on which the answer was based, if that makes sense.

57. I think I have it. After seeing everyone say how easy it was, I went back to re-read it. And got it nearly immediately. But it was my second read through.

1. Liz says:

I wonder if the race car is a toyota?

58. Easy or not (I really didn’t have to work all that hard at it) it was a lot of fun and I thank you for not only posting this, but the do the test video as well.
Cheers.

59. jc says:

bah-not even remotely challenging. . . ๐

60. Got it – just a second or two.

61. Richard Hill says:

Got it in a few seconds, (mainly because i know the puzzle as an album name by my favorite band.)

1. Richard Hill says:

oh and the horse one took me about a minute.

Funny though.

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62. standingonthebrink says:

Great fun concept, which I’ve only just discovered – your whole weekly puzzle thing, I mean – meanwhile I got it as I read it, which was gratifying – and by the looks of it your other puzzles are harder, so I’ll take a look around your blog – thanks ๐

63. Vanessa Morriss says:

Yes, it was quite easy. Even I got it after a couple of mins., and that’s saying something

64. Newbie to this blog… interesting blog..

This was very simple compared to the other Friday puzzles. Took less than a minute.

65. Jareth says:

Got it in a very short period of time

66. Robin says:

I got it! First one I’ve really gotten. It took less than 5 seconds.

67. Joona says:

got it after reading comment including word TARDIS. thanks Frankie!

68. Martin says:

Got it , including an answer to the supplementary. You could make a case for saying that the answer is only three letters…

69. Got it in about 3.5 secounds. as it is a word puzzle not a mind game.

70. Theresa says:

got it really quickly. i read something like this but in trivia form (regarding the answer) somewhere.

71. Leafy says:

Got tricked by the transportation thing. Oh and the extra ‘challenge’ was google able (Ugh I feel guilty and stupid now).

Mr eyes, very clever haha.

72. Reuben Peccable says:

I had an unfair advantage, being a fan of the band Reuben.

73. Michael Kingsford Gray says:

I (finally) got both answers in under a two seconds each.
At bloody last!

74. Mo says:

2 seconds. Easy. Perhaps crossword addicts find it easier than others. Some of the comments are clever.

75. lou says:

about 5 seconds for the clock puzzle……and the hungry horse is even easier!

76. lflcorreia says:

Just a few seconds to get it! Too easy. The answer to the follow-up question is a bit lame. It doesn’t have any logic. I had to “cheat” and search for it.

77. lessequalsmore says:

too easy Richard, and that’s what worries me!!!

78. lessequalsmore says:

ahhhh I forgot about the spelling of the hungry horse! OK I got that too, but not until I totally through out the ‘words’ with vowels in them (oooops!)

79. I had to google the hungry horse one and I still didn’t get it. I think this is because it is based on a particular piece of slang I’ve never heard. We must not have that slang in Arkansas.

80. will says:

I already knew it from an album title by Reuben.

Awesome though.

81. Joe says:

Wow That Was Easy, So much for being hard

82. Anonymous says:

About 1 second, I am feeling so clever!

83. Is it cheating if you find the right search prhrase to find the answer using Google? Hmmm I guess it is huh?? ๐ 2 minutes ๐

84. Sally says:

Think I got it. Took a minute or so.

85. Don says:

I didn’t get the horse one – where are the answers though Rich?

86. Also answered in seconds. Were my thoughts directed to the easy solution by other comments?
Lesson? *Always* try the obvious easy solution first.

87. Wealthy and traveling anywhere and whenever I want with my doggie, plus helping get dogs fixed, and those that need homes, and organizations that do thus and such.

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