Mind Games 9

In Mind Games 9, a lone cowboy rides into town, and we get on first-name terms with some friendly abstract shapes.

26. Cowboy logic

A cowboy rides into town on Friday, and four days later, he rides out of town on Friday. How is this possible? Thanks to reader Cobus Smit for this fun puzzle.

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27. Kiki and Bouba

Look at these two shapes. Which one would you call “Kiki” and which one would you call “Bouba”? It’s not a hard question! But the answer has some interesting implications.

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- By Olivia Rose-Innes and Senora Sine Thirteen, Health24, August 2011


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The picture of Booba and Kiki was originally drawn by Andrew Dunn, October 2004.This version posted by Wikipedia user Qef, June 2008. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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