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March 13, 2011

MATH!   If I’d finished the title above, some of you would not even have read this far. But read on. A couple of fun math/logic puzzles, some “science” from Harper’s Magazine, some humor and some whimsy. Here’s the first puzzle: What’s the missing number? And why?

Here’s the second:

A square brick wall is one row of bricks higher and one columnof bricks narrower than another wall. How many more bricks are in the first (square) wall. (The bricks are square.) Neither of these are “trick” questions, BTW.


This "table" appeared in Harper's Magazine a few years ago. Should be in every chemistry classroom.

IF ONLY I COULD DRAW! (Haven’t done this in a while…)

Cartoon #17: Two lions are standing in the grass on the savanna with nothing visible for miles and miles. One lion says to the other, “Well, like I’ve always said, no gnus is bad news.”

Cartoon #35: A man is passing by a shop. As he does so, another man comes flying out of the shop and tackles him, hard. Sign on the shop window: “Walton’s Tackle Shop”

One more item, from The Atlantic:


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bob Seidensticker permalink
    March 13, 2011 6:44 pm

    My answers: 1 to question #2. 4 to question #1 (each circle holds the number of lines going into it).

    That periodic table is excellent. (Makes the rest of us trying to compose clever things feel inadequate …)

    • March 13, 2011 10:41 pm

      Two correct responders so far. I’ll have more math/logic puzzles periodically.

  2. NRJ permalink
    March 14, 2011 5:33 am

    Love the tackle shop. Also, I consulted with my physician on the periodic chart, and he assured me that although there were really no periods in it, microsoft was way overrepresented. I also decided on 4 after some mental thrashing, but got beat in answering I see. Keep up the good stuff and let us know how to get some of those bricks…

    • March 14, 2011 2:27 pm

      Correct responders now up to 3 – very good! I may not have to provide answers next week after all…

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