5/23/2009 11:55:44 AM
orchid1 Posts: 2

Help!!! I am so frustrated because I do not know how to solve a figure logic puzzle. Can anyone help me by breaking it down for me. What does " Accross onehalf of 3down" means? or Down "Three less than 1accross". I do not understand this lingo! Please help! Thanks!

5/23/2009 2:37:22 PM
jfire7887 Posts: 59

orchid1 wrote:
Help!!! I am so frustrated because I do not know how to solve a figure logic puzzle. Can anyone help me by breaking it down for me. What does " Accross onehalf of 3down" means? or Down "Three less than 1accross". I do not understand this lingo! Please help! Thanks!
Hi orchid1,
For your Across ("Onehalf of 3Down") and Down ("Three less than 1Across") examples, you did not include what number Across and Down, so for argument's sake, I will call them 7Across and 8Down.
What the first clue means is that whatever the answer is for 3Down, onehalf of that is the answer for 7Across. So, if 3Down is 124, 7Across is 62. Likewise, since 8Down is three less than 1Across, if 1Across is 76, then 8Down is 73.
Note that the clues can be read "in reverse": 3Down is twice that of 7Across, and 1Across is three more than 8Down.

5/23/2009 8:37:44 PM
orchid1 Posts: 2

Thank you! I got it now! ;)

10/9/2012 10:35:40 AM
Indiana Puzzler Posts: 553

Okay this seems like a topic that is ripe for discussion.
Yesterday at lunch I managed to complete 80% of a Figure Logic (Figure Logic #2, Dell Official AllTime Favorite Variety Puzzles). What got me started on this puzzle was a lot of 2 digit answer and working through the clues 1Across) Sum of its digits is 9 (1/8, 2/7, 3/6, 4/5 and the reverses) along with 2Down 1Across times 1Across. Via math and trial with the 1Across digits, I was able to work out 1Across was 27 and 2Down was 729. I just plugged away from there. Feeling good about my solving skills, last night, after the kiddies went to bed, I cracked open a Math and Logic Lovers I have had on the shelf for a while to check out the Figure Logics. In my confidence I thought I was invulnerable! I was wrong! In the puzzle I was doing, I couldn't find a starting spot! I put it away to take another crack at it today.
So, to all those Figure Logic solvers out there  I suppose there must be at least ONE clue that is the starting spot, otherwise the house of cards cannot be built. Any advice / tips for spotting the starting clue?
Thanks. Indiana

10/9/2012 12:49:20 PM
Purple Pisces Posts: 872

When I start a Figure Logic I will look for clues that add two different clues (both being two digits long) that will result in a three digit answer. For example say Clue 20 Down (a three digit answer) reads "18 Across plus 4 Across" and both 18 Across and 4 Across are two digit numbers, we know that the first digit to Clue 20 Down is a "1".
I'll also look for clues that will say "3 Down muliplied by 10", I know that the last digit of that number will be a "0".
I'll also look for clues that will multiply a two digit number and results in a three digit answer. Not conclusive but it will narrow down my possibilities. So if a clue reads "5 Across times three" If 5 Across is a two digit number, at the very most the answer would be 297 (99x3=297) so I will lightly pencil in a 1 or 2 as the first digit of the answer.
Hope that helps! edited by Purple Pisces on 10/9/2012

10/9/2012 3:26:56 PM
Indiana Puzzler Posts: 553

That's a good hint. Thanks!

10/9/2012 8:14:21 PM
Purple Pisces Posts: 872

You're welcome! I edited my second hint a little. I normally see the clues written as being mutiplied by another instead of it written as being a mutiple.
