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The Mathematician

THE MATHEMATICIAN

Although rough
Approximations
Made it look
Plausible
More precise calculations
Ended a bit off

Kept going
Drowning in ego
He wanted
To figure
This conundrum on his own
Madman that he was

Till it reached
It’s own tipping point
Bouncing off
Each other
Suddenly all became clear
Obvious really

Puzzles


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PUZZLES

Is this cup I hold here half empty
Or else, as some would have me think, half full?
A troubling conundrum, eternally insoluble
Yet quickly resolved by simply letting go

Full of confidence, the tortoise
Challenges his friend the hare to a race
“Just give me a ten yard start,” he says
“And you’ll never catch me,” he boasts

And he’s right, for whenever Hare reaches the spot
The tortoise has already gone
Still … When the hare has gone twenty yards
Where is the tortoise then?

Imagine a goose in a narrow-necked glass bottle
How can you get the goose out of the bottle
Without either of them coming to any harm?
Easily … There; it’s free

A puzzle you might find more tricky
History professors can’t answer it
Scientists still haven’t solved it
Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Conundrum

CONUNDRUM

Acceptance …

Is it the key
Or else a link

In the chain
That binds us?

Explorations continue …

Those Yuletide Puzzles

TWO YULETIDE PUZZLES

1. CHILE. Afghanistan, indefinite and sturgeon all contain three consecutive letters of the alphabet. CHILE has only two and is therefore the odd one out.

2. IN A DIGITAL CLOCK, where the ten digits are displayed using between two and seven of the seven hexagonal elements. (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven-segment_display)

Two Yuletide Puzzles

Here are a couple of brain teasers I slung together that might pass an idle moment over the festive season. I’ll post the answers after Christmas.

1. WHICH IS THE ODD ONE OUT?

Afghanistan
Chile
Indefinite
Sturgeon

2. DIGITAL

One two is one
One five is two
One five is three
One four is four
One five is five
One six is six
One three is seven
One seven is eight
One six is nine
One six is nought

In what circumstances is this true?

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