Puzzles
February 2017 (Port in a Storm)
December 2016 (Galaxy on Fire)
October 2016 (Shelter in Place)
August 2016 (Matchup)
June 2016 (Elevators)
April 2016 (Cell Towers)
February 2016 (Toy builder)
December 2015 (Crazy Cake)
October 2015 (Racecar design)
August 2015 (Moon Rover)
June 2015 (Campsite)
April 2015 (Desert Island)
February 2015 (Coins)
December 2014 (Electrifying)
October 2014 (Fighters)
August 2014 (Good Burger)
June 2014 (Frog and Fly)
April 2014 (Spy Catcher)
February 2014 (Pizza Delivery)
December 2013 (Golf Queuing)
October 2013 (Chutes and Ladders)
August 2013 (Urban Planning)
June 2013 (Self Driving Cars)
April 2013 (Subs vs. Battleships)
February 2013 (Chandelier Balancing)
December 2012 (Cookie Bake Off)
October 2012 (FarmOR)
August 2012 (Combination Locks)
June 2012 (Lost at Sea)
April 2012 (McEverywhere)
February 2012 (Popsicle Scheduling)
December 2011 (Dice Game)
October 2011 (Movie Stars)
August 2011 (Logical Hospital)
June 2011 (Matchmaker)
April 2011 (Choose Your Crew)
February 2011 (Best Host)
December 2010 (Miniopoly)
October 2010 (Home Improvement)
August 2010 (Relief Mission)
June 2010 (SurvivOR)
April 2010 (Patient 21)
February 2010 (Planet Colonization)
December 2009 (Fish Finder)
October 2009 (Connected & Infected)
August 2009 (Bridges)
June 2009 (Grocery Queuing)
April 2009 (Dance Scheduling)
February 2009 (Supply & Demand)
December 2008 (5x5 Poker)
October 2008 (3DPP)
August 2008 (Markov's Prison)
June 2008 (TSP)
April 2008 (Scheduling)
February 2008 (Decision Trees)
Answers
About the PuzzlOR
Analytics Treasure Hunt 2012
The PuzzlOR
Decision Support Puzzles for Applied Mathematicians
Answers to PuzzlORs

The O.R. techniques used to solve these puzzles can be applied to a variety of situations commonly found in business and industry.  Examples include resource distribution, product optimization, sales maximization, process simulation, and dozens of other applications.  To inquire about how you can use these methods to problem-solve within your own organization, email me at puzzlOR@gmail.com.  Consulting rates may apply.

2/2008 - Decision Trees - Yes, $252.25
4/2008 - Restaurant Scheduling - $800, $1200
6/2008 - TSP - acgfdbhe (or the reverse), 380.5
8/2008 - Markov’s Prison - 1,5,6,10,11,12,16, 0.4712
10/2008 - Noah’s 3DPP - A, Yes
12/2008 - 5x5 Poker - 44 points is the maximum
2/2009 - Supply & Demand - $74,465 (or $90,000 if you restrict movement to right angles only)
4/2009 - Dance Showcase - 100 points
6/2009 - Grocery Queuing - 70 seconds
8/2009 - Bridges to Somewhere - 1 & 3
10/2009 - Connected & Infected - 21 months
12/2009 - Fish Finder - F8
2/2010 - Planet Colonization - Area 19
4/2010 - Patient 21 - Cold, Allergies, then Flu
6/2010 - SurvivOR - 75%
8/2010 - Relief Mission - D8, E2
10/2010 - Home Improvement - Kitchen
12/2010 - Miniopoly - Blue (29.74%)
2/2011 - Best Host - abedafc (0 conflicts)
4/2011 - Choose Your Crew - abcgh $268,000
6/2011 - Matchmaker - (there are several answers to this problem)
8/2011 - Logical Hospital - 11, 16, 79 -or- 7, 18, 66 minutes (slight variations in answers may occur due to different interpretations of the problem)
10/2011 - Movie Stars - 4 stars
12/2011 - Dice Game - A
2/2012 - Popsicle Stand - $8200
4/2012 - McEverywhere - 3
6/2012 - Lost At Sea - 33%
8/2012 - Combination Locks - 88,68,91,40,49,83
10/2012 - FarmOR - $143,000
12/2012 - Cookie Bake off - B
2/2013 - Chandelier balance - 947168253
4/2013 - Subs vs. Battleships - 30.78
6/2013 - Self driving cars - 64.347
8/2013 - Urban Planning - 14
10/2013 - Mini Chutes and Ladders - 5.2
12/2013 - Golf Queuing - 3.0 minutes
2/2014 - Pizza Delivery - 8 drivers
4/2014 - Spy Catcher - Brazil @ 20%
6/2014 - Frog and Fly - A2 3.25%
8/2014 - Good Burger - $2.80
10/2014 - Fighters - C (at 32%)
12/2014 - Electrifying - 35.63M
2/2015 - Coins - PNN DPP DDN
4/2015 - Desert Island - 14% chance of surviving
6/2015 - Campsite - E5
8/2015 - Moon Rover - 28 points
10/2015 - Racecar Design - BABC
12/2015 - Crazy Cake - 18, 57, 80; 46, 50, 59; 19, 67, 69; 10, 48, 48, 49; 72, 83
2/2016 - Toy Builder - $76
4/2016 - Cell Towers - 6
6/2016 - Elevators - C
8/2016 - Matchup - 33
10/2016 - Shelter in Place - H3 (17.82 units)
12/2016 - Galaxy on Fire - Teneta
2/2016 - Any Port in a Storm - 31


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