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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Connections, Clues, and Cues:
Can you Solve the (Hands-on) Puzzles at the Lilly Library!

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lilly Library (1200 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below
Light Refreshments Provided

If you have ever been confounded by a puzzle or thrilled to solve one, you will find many different kinds of puzzles to challenge you in the IU Lilly Library's Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles, Brainteasers, and Ingenious Objects, including put-together, take-apart, interlocking, disentanglement, sequential movement, dexterity, vessel, vanish, folding, and impossible puzzles. One sequential movement puzzle in the collection, Chinese Rings, would take 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 moves to solve the "short way." According to the Lilly, "[a]t one move per second, twenty-four hours a day, it would take 585 billion years to solve."

With an introduction by Lilly's curator of puzzles Andrew Rhoda, you will have a chance to learn about its Slocum collection of more than 30,000 puzzles and nearly 4,000 puzzle-related books AND to test your imagination, perception, and skill with some of the "easier" puzzles in the collection.

As a part of the HHC's 2013-14 extracurricular theme, Making and Breaking Connections: Puzzles to People, Clues to Cues, this event will get you thinking!

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and email Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Puzzles event," and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. This program is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

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