Three simple word pictures this week. Which well known phrases are represented by the following…..


Give Get
Give Get
Give Get
Give Get


The answer to this puzzle, and 100 others,ย  can be found in a new kindle ebook called PUZZLED, and is available in the UK here and USA here.


  1. I figured out the first and third ones pretty quickly, I’d say under 2 minutes. I think I know the second one, but it didn’t click for me as satisfyingly as the other two did.

  2. Yes! I know this week is ridiculously easy compared to normal but I still feel big and clever I figured it out after thirty odd seconds.

  3. hmm. . . not sure about the first one, though i may have it. other two i managed without much trouble. i enjoy these types of puzzles.

  4. These were fun. Numbers 1 and 3 I had immediately, No. 2 took a bit longer.

    But what’s with the horse with rubber gloves, holding an ill-tempered cat (by the sea)?

  5. Got them all really quickly. What happened to the ludicrously easy algebra one you put up earlier?

  6. Hi. My first visit you the website. Once I’d got over the distraction of the seahorse photo, I solved the puzzles within 30 seconds

  7. Numbers one and two came straight away, but number 3 took a little more time. When it did, there was that satisying ‘a-ha’ moment.

  8. I had to re-read the question (still waking up and I thought the question related to the picture when I first read it) but then got each within 5 seconds of looking at them. Quite like them. I think I got them quickly as I once set a quiz which involved me making up about 20 of the same sorts of thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Seconds, these are getting too easy! :o) None as subtle or interesting as the clock puzzle from a few weeks ago.

    This one needs Roy Walker saying “say what you see!”

  10. Got 2 straight away (I think as it’s most like olde fashoined dingbats), 1 took a tad longer, but as soon as that clicked so did 3. Total time: 1 minute-ish.

  11. @Nick – it wasn’t MY puzzle. It was on this page for a short while before being replaced by the current one…

  12. I do a lot of this type of puzzle so it wasn’t much of a challenge. The last one was clever and caused a few giggles.
    Will pass these on to my students to see what happens.

  13. Do people actually time themselves on this???
    How would you actually know how much time has elapsed? That would make for some interesting research

  14. I got the second one quickest. The first and third took a bit longer, but once I got the third the first one clicked straight away.

  15. About 15 seconds. On no sleep in the past 24. Maybe having 80% of my brain in power saving mode helped.

  16. 10seconds? well, as soon as I read them anyway. much easier than usual! (or maybe my coffee’s just a bit stronger this morning…)

  17. I almost gave up before I started on this, but actually it wasn’t that hard. I got these. I am happy.

  18. Got them pretty quickly 30 secs or so. Interesting the order in which peeps solved the puzzle – For me, the easiest one was the 2nd, then the third, then finally the 1st, and like others I was initially perplexed at the inclusion of the picture.

  19. For some reason I get this type of puzzle very quickly, but the maths ones take me ages. Did this in about 15 seconds

  20. First one immediately, second took maybe 20 seconds, while the third took me quite a while for some reason.

  21. Wow! I did it in about 30 to 45 seconds, found them pretty easy but probably because I know the methods from years of dingbats and the like.

    I’m still chuffed I got them!

  22. For some reason I got the first two almost instant (getting the second one first and the then the first one), probably about 4 or 5 seconds. But then it took me ages (like about an additional minute) to get the third one and I felt really stupid! Although it is just a rationalisation, I think the numbers in the third one all end in 8 slowed me down. (i.e. I thought that was somehow significant).

    Very good though!

  23. Got the first two in seconds, and the third in tens of seconds.

    To the best of your knowledge, has anyone ever handed out a piece of paper containing NINE questions of this type and another piece of paper with space allocated for TEN answers, the point being that the correct answer for number ten is the phrase “No Question” ?

    Last time I attended a quiz night with some friends, this struck me as a pretty obvious thing to do. But I’ve never heard of anyone actually doing it.

  24. The first and third were easy and quite similar. The 2nd took me slightly longer to figure out. No longer than a minute to work them out. I love this style of puzzle.

  25. I got the first and second puzzle fairly quickly, but I’m not sure about the third one. If my answer is correct, you wouldn’t really need the first and third line. The 30 inch fish one was easy.

  26. Got them all immediately, including the fish problem which appears in the RSS instead of the word pictures.

  27. Took me about 5 seconds for all three. I love these, though! Here are a few more:


    kool t’nod

  28. I got them all pretty much the instant I looked at them. Having said that, I spent an excessive amount of time doing these sorts of puzzles as a child, so maybe that helped somewhat!

  29. That was cool. I haven’t done any of these before so I feel a little smug (haha) that I got them in less than 30 seconds.

    Now if only there was a way to make money with this ability!!

    1. First and third took about 15-20 seconds each, and middle puzzle an agonizing minute until I allowed myself to relax and expand my mind. Love your tweets, YouTube postings, and blog!

  30. The 1st one is tricky. I think I got it but my interpretation doesn’t seem perfectly right. I got the 3rd one first and got my answers for all three within a minute…or 59 seconds. I also love these kinds of puzzles

  31. About 4 seconds for the first one, about 10 seconds for the second, and about 4 seconds for the third.

    All in all, roughly 20 seconds

  32. Also about twenty second. Takes me back to all the time I spent playing Dingbats when I was little ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Well, I got numbers 1 and 3 and feel pretty dumb as everyone else seems to have gotten them all immediately.
    I know the second will pop into my head at some point today when I’m not thinking about it. I have an answer for the fish question. Seems right to me. I really enjoy algebra, so I did it that way. Although, knowing these puzzles, algebra was unnecessary, and a more careful reading of the question would have shown that. Oh well.

  34. This site is quickly becoming a joke.

    I love you, Richard, I really do.

    But c’mon – recycling gramma’s puzzles? You could try something a LITTLE more original.

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