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Puzzle page
Compiled by Ross Hunter


Moscow is full of nature and life. A few simple quizzes, all showing birds and trees which can be seen inside the city.

Which leaf comes from each tree?


Which footprint belongs to which bird? (You may need to go to the zoo for a couple of them. (Not to scale!)


Birds and Trees

Hidden in this camouflage are 23 local species. One of the trees is there twice, and a family of three birds are there. So are two cats, climbing up to get them, and one small flying mammal. Look across, vertically and diagonally. Hint: every square is used!

Latin and English

All trees are named in Latin. Can you match the proper tree to the common name? These are shuffled:

Fagus – Quercus – Salix – Ilex – Acer
Sycamore – Oak – Holly – Beech – Willow

Mini Sudoku June

Usual rules: 1-6 in each row, column and box.

Mini Sudoku solutions: see

Answers to May puzzles

Looking up.

(1) The four splendid glass roofs are: (l to r) The Great Court of the British Museum, London; The dining room of the Hotel Metropol; The Garage arts centre; and GUM.

(2) The four Metro ceilings are: Komsomoloskaya, Novokuznetskaya, Kropotkinskaya and Mendeleevskaya.

Feeding Foxes:

  1. There are 24 different ways of arranging the queue. 4! = 4x3x2x1
  2. If the twins go together, there are only 6 ways to sort them; 4 times easier, not twice.
  3. There are 6 ways of dividing the meals up
  4. If the twins have the same, only 2 options are left.

Apologies: We wrongly offered Mayakovskaya without a photo. Here is a picture of one of the mosaics. Enjoy!

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