Monthly Archives: October 2015

Puzzle #125: Siblings

A sibling of a family states, “I have three times as many brothers as sisters.” Another sibling states, “I have as many brothers as sisters.”

How many male siblings and female siblings are there? What are the sexes of the first and second speakers?

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, October 28, 2015 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #123 Solution: Six Sheets to the Breeze?

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Butterflies and Routines

How much do you value your routines?

I value mine highly, but I just got blindsided.

Having gotten my Class 4 Unrestricted driver’s licence, I have started driving co-workers to inventory counting jobs and have found that this definitely has blown up some of my routines. It used to be that I could sleep on the way to and from a job. This does not work when one is the driver. That sleep time now has to come from somewhere else.

That means that some of my regular evening study time has been lost, and I have fallen behind. Such a seemingly small change has had such a big effect.

Those butterflies are vicious.

Odd Language #121: I Love Babies

Earlier this week, I was counting inventory in the toy area of a grocery and counted some toys in a line called “Feed Me Babies”.

The issue: Who wants to eat babies? Actually, they are doll babies to be fed. Here is a link to one of the line. Who came up with the name? What was he thinking of?

While not a good name for marketing to us humans, the name might be very good for a line of toys for orc girls.

Puzzle #124: Logic Problem

Carl, Denise, and Geoff each have a different type of pet (cat, dog, goldfish) and a different favourite wild animal (cheetah, dingo, giraffe). Denise likes taking her pet for a walk. Who has which pet type and which favourite wild animal if no pair of person & pet, person & wild animal, or pet & wild animal can have its two items’ spellings starting with the same letter?

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, October 21, 2015 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #122 Solution: Marbles

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