A very different type of puzzle this week.  Each of these boxes represents a phrase.  So, for example, the first one represents ‘Man overboard’.  Can you work out the others?

As ever, please do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for theKindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USAhere). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.


  1. Got the “road” after a few seconds, “cycle” followed right after. “Knee” took me a minute, “Town” was obvious when I got it.

    I have a solution to the “Death” one, but I am not as confident about it.

  2. Ah, the rebus puzzle. I must try to find out why they’re called that? Akin to cryptic crosswords. Affords the ordinary amongst us with little mini versions of the joy of the aha Eureka moments that usually belong only to the more gifted like Archimedes and Kekule. The bottom left is the only trickster here. Do you recall this popular favourite:
    Answer, of course, ‘clueless’

  3. Yes, got all of these within a minute or so. We used to call these sorts of puzzles “Dingbats” when I was young – no idea why.

  4. About five seconds. I don’t know what this says about me because the last time I tried one, about a month ago, it took me a weekend. 🙂

  5. just did not got the knee/lights (before i found the solution) and the death / life … the ohter where simple even for a non-native speaker

  6. I’ve seen enough of these that they are incredibly easy. But I think I’d seen them all before except the knee one, which took me maybe 1.5 seconds instead of .5. 🙂

  7. As a methodological naturalist/ materialist atheist, the bottom center one wasn’t something that came naturally to mind.

  8. Oh, dear, if I was taking an average of my times for these delightful puzzles, one in particular would have knocked my time way off! Most of them I solved instantly, but one in particular (the knees) took maybe half an hour before the penny dropped! Thanks for such a delightful Friday puzzle. Brain the size of a planet and I can’t solve one simple conundrum…. 🙂

  9. I’ve had a lot of practice with these – got ’em all on first read, so well less than thirty seconds, I think.

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