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The Splice is Right Puzzle

I’m back today with a fun, new puzzle called The Splice is Right Puzzle.

"the splice is right puzzle" text next to movie film

This puzzle is from the book Test Your Math IQ by Steve Ryan. I was able to borrow the book for free from the Internet Archive’s online lending library. I highly recommend this site for checking out various books before you commit to buying a copy!

This is the last of four puzzles that really stood out to me from this book. Previously, I recreated and shared Tic Tac Total, Pair Ups, and Up to Specs.

The Splice is Right Puzzle

The goal of The Splice is Right Puzzle is to splice the given six clips of film in this puzzle to produce one fifteen-frame short feature. The final result must be a strip which presents a mathematically logical number sequence.

For example, 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7 is a logical sequence because you add one to each term to get the next term. 1, 7, 10, 70, 73 would also be a logical sequence. In this case, I would repeatedly multiply by 7 and add 3 to continue the sequence.

Here are the six clips of film you are given to work with in The Splice is Right Puzzle:

The Splice is Right Puzzle

I printed and laminated the film strips to create a classroom version.


drawing of laminator machine with text "laminating recommendations"

A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.

I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.

I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!

In a normal year, I would put the puzzle on my dry erase board and place disc magnets on the back of each of the pieces of film.

The Splice is Right Puzzle

I think this puzzle should be easily adapted to the virtual setting as well. I will update this post with any digital versions that are shared with me.

Digital Version of The Splice is Right Puzzle

Kathy Henderson has created a digital version of The Splice is Right Puzzle in Desmos Activity Builder.

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.