It’s the Friday Puzzle!


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.

OK, a nice easy one this week.  Can you move 2 of these coins and change the direction of the arrow?



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65 comments on “It’s the Friday Puzzle!

  1. kroketje says:

    1.7542441 seconds

  2. Neil Denham says:

    Does it have to point the opposite direction (which I can’t do), or just another direction? (which seems too easy?)

    • Sillybaaaastrd says:

      It’s that easy. Problem, like all of his, is very carefully worded, so only need to change from current direction to any other. As soon as you notice which coins make the head, and which make the tail, ….

  3. twalker500 says:

    Got it! It only took a few seconds.

  4. Mike Hitchcock says:

    That is a nice easy one.

  5. Selda Ekiz says:

    Neat and very simple! 🙂

  6. Steve B says:

    PRetty eay~ less than a minute 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness for that. One that I can actually do intuitively… A second and bit; maybe

  8. Brian H says:

    Couple of seconds, but think you’ve had something very very similar in the past

  9. Martha says:

    I’ve got two different answers!

  10. matt says:

    Easy, instant. Yes I can do both those tasks. I can even do them simultaneously.

  11. drewbk says:

    easy peasy this week!

  12. vicinca says:

    A couple of seconds

  13. Laura says:

    Very easy… 10 seconds and two answers

  14. The Moron says:

    Spoiler Alert
    As Roland might say (see last week’s answer) “Yes”

  15. Elyss says:

    Yes, a couple of seconds

  16. Thicko says:

    How a pathetically easy.

  17. A couple of nano-seconds to get BOTH answers! Too easy.

  18. Eddie says:

    I printed it out and coloured them in too!

  19. -M- says:

    2 solutions

  20. Anonymous says:

    2 answer 😉

  21. rmb says:

    Did not have any clue in the beginning. Then I read the comments and ‘Ah!!’.

  22. Anonymous says:

    i thought i had solution but this solution was wrong. after some second i got another solution. now correct

  23. Stephen Fry's Wardrobe Malfunction says:

    Nice one. I got the obvious answer in about a second, like most people, but I had to read the other comments to get the second answer. Good and sneaky!

  24. 1 second–lemon squeezy

  25. Sorry, but that was so easy even I solved it. See me after class, Wiseman.

  26. Consultant says:

    There’s not much room to move the two coins, so they can’t be in a line like they are currently. Hmmmm,

  27. TS says:

    No I can’t and it took me 0.01 second to come to that conclusion.
    I suppose it could be argued that I didn’t really try.
    I can only agree with that…

  28. Hippy Moonbeam says:

    You can’t insist they move, man. They have to WANT to move.

    Now pass the bong.

  29. Eddie says:

    So easy it looks like a trick question.

  30. thigimenes says:

    For the very first time I’d say it was REALLY easy!

  31. Bletherskite says:

    yup, took about a second.

  32. Ian says:

    Cheers, Richard, that is an easy one: got in within a couple of seconds 🙂 It’s a fun little puzzle, so thanks for that. Have an excellent weekend 😀

  33. Lazy T says:

    two simple moving answers, many answers moving no coins using a mirror,
    many answers turning the screen around,,one by converting to hexadecimal and then roman numerals and so it goes and so it goes

  34. About 5 seconds.
    Clue: if you don’t like people blurting out clues in the comments, don’t read them until after you’ve done your own thinking.

  35. the great me says:

    if i can use the answer from here:
    then the answer is “yes, there are endless solution”…

  36. Owen says:

    Yes. Yes, I can. And it took me a couple of seconds. Thank you for the easy one. 🙂

  37. Mani, Bina says:

    2 seconds

  38. En_croute says:

    Couple of seconds more than it should – presumed I was wrong, never that easy….. #undiscoveredgenius

  39. 2 secs. come on richard, MAKE ME THINK!

  40. 2-3 secs.. need something tougher 🙂

  41. Just Mike says:

    No. I see circles, but no coins.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I got it before Richard knew he was going to put it up.

  43. Mort says:

    Took about 10 seconds to realize the direction I wanted to point the arrow would not work. After that it took about 2 seconds to come up with two solutions.

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