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Six Word Story Challenge: Puzzle

To keep our thirsty brains occupied, we often take up the challenge of puzzles. There are all kinds of puzzles: logic puzzles, mathematical and mechanical puzzles, paper and picture, word and game puzzles, and many more.

A puzzle is a problem or game that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research.

Solutions to puzzles may require recognizing patterns and creating a particular order. People with a high inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving these puzzles than others. Puzzles based on the process of inquiry and discovery to complete may be solved faster by those with good deduction skills.


The challenge for you:

Write a story about PUZZLES in just six words. Or let the story be the PUZZLE! Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.

Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.


Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…

Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.

Will you join me? Will you? Say you do. :) And share the challenge news!

I look forward to your stories.



Who’s next? :)

The next challenge will be published on February 5. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verhaal in zes woorden met beeld: Puzzel.

Older stories:
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing

130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
130529 – Pets
130612 – Regret
130616 – Inspiration
130703 – Commercials
130814 – Vacation
130829 – Memory
130911 – Terrorism
130925 – Youth
131030 – The Weather
131113 – Film
131127 – Art
131211 – Food
131229 – Retrospect



Caretaker of lads and cats. No lady, but all woman. RPGamer. Avid reader. Writing my first book, squeezing in time during busy days. And nights if needed. Because I'd love to introduce you to the wonderful people who are living in my mind.

13 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge: Puzzle

      1. Hallo
        hier mijn Puzzel
        geboren nestje Jack Russells 2 Reutjes en 4 Teefjes
        Koper 2 van de lijst wil reu liefst met ruig haar
        koper 1 van de lijst wil reu met kort haar
        koper 2 kiest met 3 weken reutje nr 1
        dat kan niet de haar groei is nog niet goed zichtbaar
        Word het reu 1 Askur of reu 2 Vinur ?
        Met het groeien van de puppy s word duidelijk het is toch Reu nr 1 Askur brocken Coat en Vinur kort haar


  1. Reblogged this on Esoteric Hyperbole and commented:
    6 Word Story Challenge

    Here are my best tries.

    1. Looking Glass: grave lined crows feet.

    2. Bed-ridden. Liver hurts. Never again… Again!!!

    3. Dark Park. Flash Dash. Sprained Ankle.

    4. Her Unwanted Familiarity. Passive-Agressive Lashing Out.

    5. Too close for comfort. Pushed away.

    6. Tears filled rocks glassed. Poor Bartender.

    7. Secret Raid. Dead Comrade. Proud Parade.

    8. Crisp Salute. 21 Guns. Dead Brothers.

    9. The Muses Strike. Artistic Unconsciousness descends.

    10. Life of Necessity. Unrealized Dreams. Funeral.

    11. Money Talks. B.S. Walks. Impostors Balk.

    12. Go Make Disciples. Perpetuated 2,000 Years.

    13. Luck is for Schmucks. Make Opportunity.


    1. There are some pretty amazing stories in your list, James! I especially like number 9. Thanks for taking up the Six Word Story challenge.

      Every other week I post a new theme for this challenge. This week it was ‘Puzzle’, so you should write a story in six words about a puzzle. Last time for example, the theme was ‘Retrospect’.


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