# Difficulty – Very Hard

Very hard brain teasers and puzzles

## Difficult Sam Loyd Chess Puzzle

In this highly difficult Sam Loyd chess puzzle from 1859, white to play and mate in 2.

Sam Loyd was a widely acclaimed puzzle creator, known for his brilliant chess puzzles, visual puzzles, and math puzzles. Don’t be discouraged if this incredibly difficult puzzle by Sam Loyd has you stumped, the solution is quite challenging.

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## Tricky, Tricky

Can you figure out the number I am thinking of?

Some cryptic clues:

• Call it sin, and mess it up (9)
• Between θ and κ (4)
• Engage emotionally (5)
• Half a byte (6)
• Mottle (5)
• Never mix meds & gin (7)
• – (4)

If you have all the answers right, that’s only about 33% percent of the solution: you need to justify them too.

Some clues were left over, so here’s a second set:

• Sing about the matter (10)
• Frog’s pole (3)
• Heroin or slap (5)
• 0 or 1 (1,3)
• A toy asking a question on an online forum (4+2 = 6)

An ingenious and very difficult puzzle by Bass on Puzzling StackExchange (spoiler warning: contains the solution)

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## Escape the Maze

In this maze of 8×8 rooms, each room has an arrow that points up, down, left, or right – and it will only let you move to the adjacent room in the direction of the arrow.

After you leave a room, or if you are unable to move because there is no adjacent room in the direction of the arrow (i.e., the arrow points outside the maze but there is no exit), the arrow in that room will rotate 90 degrees clockwise.

You start in the bottom left room, and the only exit is the right door in the top-right room.

Prove that no matter what the initial arrangement is, you will eventually escape the maze.

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## Majority Vote Puzzle

After the results of an election, you are told that one candidate has received the majority of the votes, but you don’t know which candidate. You have exactly one opportunity to hear the votes, but:

• The list of votes is very long
• The votes will be announced one after another in random order
• You have a poor memory (can only remember a couple of names or numbers)
• You are not allowed to write or record anything

Given these restrictions, is there a way figure out which candidate received the majority of votes?