Puzzle #42: Pi[e]!

It is Pi Day on Friday, March 14th (3.14)!

Mom baked a delicious raspberry pie.

Dad enjoyed a standard-size piece (1/6 of a pie).

Youngest son had one, too, and snuck another 1/2 piece.

Middle son did the same.

Oldest son had the average amount of pie among the four.

This left a small piece for Mom. The family kitten got into it and smeared half of that all over the kitchen counter.

How much of the pie got smeared?

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 26, 2014 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

I Would Rather Die!

“I would rather die!” (than give a speech).

So many people have said that.

There you are in front of an audience. You know they are going to laugh at your mistakes.

Public speaking is an interesting skill. By its very nature, you can not do it in private.

But public speaking is actually fairly easy to do if you do not sell yourself on the idea that you can not do it.

I was a member of Toastmasters International for about five years. The first speech project is “The Icebreaker”. With that project, you introduce yourself to the rest of the club with a four to six minute speech.

How many times did I hear a newbie say something like, “I am not sure that I can speak for that long.”? Rather a lot. How many times did that happen? Not once. Actually, it is the project where people are most likely to go overtime, and many clubs have a rule not to clap down for overtime. And they need it!

If you are scared of public speaking, you are likely your own worst enemy. Think of it as talking to friends. More friends than usually, but still talking to friends.

Worried about nervousness? Few will notice. And fewer will care because they will be listening to you. As I came to say, “Fear is irrelevant. Do your next speech.”

Odd Language #38: What Kind of Remark?

There can be more than one word with a given pronunciation. Usually, only one of these fits in a given sentence.

The issue: But not always. Consider the pair “rude” (ill-mannered) and “rued” (past tense of “rue” (to regret)) and the sentence “He made a _____ remark.”. Usually, the word would be “rude”, but if someone said something he then regretted, it could be a rued remark.

Puzzle #41: Sausage!

Mom cooked up some sausages and left them out for her guys (Dad and three sons) to fend for themselves.

The first son took the average of the amounts that the other two sons took. The second son took twice what Dad took. The third son took the average of the amounts that the first son and Dad took. Dad got something this time: three links.

How many sausages did Mom cook?

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 19, 2014 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.