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Archive for May, 2011

Icosahedron Diamond Found!!

Posted by Karl Sharman under Tom (10 Responds)

The wily explorer Knightmare, and his trusty companion, Slavy have scoured the deserts of the world in search of the fabled Icosahedron Diamond. Hundreds of miles from civilization, they discover the aforementioned bauble, a beautiful giant crystal worth a King’s ransom.
Unfortunately, the diamond is on a tiny island in the centre of a perfectly [...]

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Can’t see the forest for the Threes

Posted by Karl Sharman under Tom (24 Responds)

What percentage of all integers contains at least one instance of the digit three?
For example, 13, 31, 33 and 103 all contain the digit “three” at least once.
Bonus points for your explanation…

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An Unoriginal Copy

Posted by Karl Sharman under Tom (11 Responds)

How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going [...]

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The Traveler on a Bus

Posted by JG under Tom (71 Responds)

If you are walking southbound on a northbound bus, in how many directions are you traveling at that moment in time, ignoring micromovements? You must explain your answer.

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Which Way?

Posted by Karl Sharman under Tom (29 Responds)

You are lost in the woods. You come to a T-junction and are wondering which way to go. You have a funny feeling that one way will get you out, the other will mean certain death. Weird, eh?
Wizard of Oz approaches you. “A left turn will get you out of the woods,” he advises. [...]

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Return to The Gold Standard.

Posted by Karl Sharman under Tom (26 Responds)

Whilst I was away under the pretense of work, a nearby bank uncovered a plot to swap the gold in their vaults with counterfeits. It was determined that all the gold bars in three of the Bank’s seven vaults were replaced with counterfeits. The other four vaults were uncompromised. The plot was foiled through the [...]

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Maths challenge 4

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (54 Responds)

Prove that 2^n – 1 does not divide 3^n – 1 where n is any natural number > 1.
Solution: see post 54.

Maths challenge 3

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (17 Responds)

If m = 2 + 2 √(28 n² + 1) is an integer, where n is an integer, then show that m is a perfect square.
NB the convention is that the √ is positive.
I don’t know the solution.

Maths challenge 2b

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (11 Responds)

I’d misread the previous one.  I hope that I’ve got it right this time.
It should have been: solve in integers, the simultaneous equations:
x² = y² + y³ and x² + y² = z²

Maths challenge 2

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (6 Responds)

Solve in integers: x² = y² + y³
I don’t have an answer for this. But I have found some sweet intermediate results.

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