Monthly Archives: May 2017

Puzzle #208: Seventy-Five Cents

If you have five quarters, five dimes, and five nickels, how many ways can you count out seventy-five cents in change?

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, May 31, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #206 Solution: Stepping Up

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Odd Language #204: Using That Money

A recent USENET post contains the sentence: “It’s now giving me enough money that I am contracting for more advertising-usable illustrations using that money.”

The issue: This caused a subthread about confusion over exactly what was meant. “using that money” could be spending the money on illustrations (the intended meaning) or the illustrations are using the money. (If it were a person or group of people, the agency would be more obvious.)

Maybe, the illustrations are made out of money? It has been done: http://pennyportrait.com/.

Puzzle #207: The Chicken Race

One boring afternoon, you set up a chicken race. The chickens are Abby, Bria, Cora, Dora, and Elsa.

Neither Abby nor Bria placed fourth. Cora placed the same number of places ahead of Bria as Dora placed ahead of Abby. Dora placed second. Elsa placed in the top three. There were no ties.

How did each chicken place?

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, May 24, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #205 Solution: SOS

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Computer Stuff Can Be Invisible

It is easier to deal with things when you can see them. While computers are very useful, sometimes, they hide things.

A note attached to a fridge works quite well. The note on the fridge is in your face. If you have a notes file on your computer, you have to explicitly look at it. If you do not, you do not see it.

A local company has been running an ad on the Web that I have seen many times. It is a very nicely done ad, but it is about a winter need. Spring is nearly half over. It was too easy for them to miss this. I sent an E-mail yesterday letting them know.

Odd Language #203: More More

I recently posted to USENET a post containing: “I have rarely found coupons worthwhile. So often, it is for something that costs way more more than the amount you save.”

The issue: Two “more” in a row is rather unusual, but it is arguably correct. “way more” means “a lot” so the overall meaning is that the item costs a lot more than what is saved.

Puzzle #206: Stepping Up

You are about to go upstairs. The stairs have six steps plus the top so you will have to climb seven steps. How many ways can you make these seven steps if you can take one or two steps at a time?

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, May 17, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #204 Solution: $17.35

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