# Blog Archives

## 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

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

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?