Puzzle #300: Fudge

You have a piece of fudge which you are going to share with two friends. The fudge is square and consists of 3×3 smaller squares. Each of you are going to have a three-square piece.

You could simply cut the fudge into 3 1×3 strips, but where is the fun then?

How many other different ways can you cut up the fudge?

To count as different, the resulting set of shapes must be unique. Rotations do not count as different.

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #299: Syllables

The English language has approximately 144,000 distinct syllables. Some languages have far fewer. For example, Japanese has well less than 1,000.

Many of these syllables are words in their own right. Come up with sixteen syllables that are English words. The words should be of the form 0 to 3 consonants followed by a vowel followed by 0 to 3 consonants. The sixteen words should be one each of the combinations of number of consonants at the beginning and at the end.

[Note: This goes according to pronunciation, not spelling. For example, “stow” has two consonants at the beginning and zero at the end, and “chair” has one consonant at the beginning (as “ch” is not a C sound followed by an H sound but is just one sound) and one consonant at the end.]

Naturally, there are many possible answers.

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #297 Solution: Addition Problem

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Japanification

I have been studying Japanese, the language and the culture. I have not learned that much of the language, but I seem to have absorbed a certain amount of the culture. I had to apologise to my boss recently. I bowed Japanese style. It seemed the reasonable thing to do to show that I was sincere about it.