Weekly Rompecabeza: Snake in a Box


Don’t know about you, but we’ve had it with this monkey-fighting snake in this Monday-to-Friday box. See what you can do about it by solving this puzzle.

DSC members are among the smartest people in the world. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be smarter. With the help of our friends at American Mensa, DSC is proud to bring you weekly Rompecabezas (Spanish for “head breakers”) to boost your IQ into the thermosphere. 


If you need a hint, we’ve put one at the bottom of the page. Check back next Friday for the answer!


The key to last week’s puzzle is understanding that narwhals only have one, unicorn-esque tusk. Or tooth, depending on how you look at it. Fun fact: According to The Independent the narwhal’s tusk is one large sensory organ, playing an important role in determining the salinity of the surrounding water and whether nearby icebergs are forming or melting.

So now you know.

But back to the puzzle. Pop-pop saw 30 tusks, and there were one-third more narwhals than walruses. If narwhals only have their one tusk, and walruses have two tusks, you can determine that there were 12 narwhals and 9 walruses, or 12 and 18 tusks (12 + 18 = 30) respectively.


Hint to this week’s puzzle: Start at the “M” second row from the bottom.