Monthly Archives: June 2017

Water, Water!

You have probably read advice many times that one should drink eight (or something) glasses of water per day. I have always had trouble with that myself.

Not now!

At my new job, I am working hard in heat and the water goes down very easily and very frequently. And sweats out about as fast.

Make sure you are getting enough water when it is hot.

Odd Language #211: Left or Left?

‘Vergerin’s smile was grim. “They had the choice of signing new contracts with me—for I will not honor the old ones—or leaving. Not many left.”‘—Dragonseye, Anne McCaffrey, p. 363

The issue: “Not many left.” could mean that not many chose the alternative of leaving (which is the intended interpretation), but it could also mean that there are not many left (which would mean that many took the option of leaving).

Puzzle #214: Cookies

Allan, Bobby, and Tammy each have some cookies. Bobby has two fewer than twice as many as Allan has. Tammy has six more cookies than Allan has. They got those cookies by splitting up a package of twenty-four cookies.

How many cookies does each have?

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, July 12, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #212 Solution: Magic Square

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Odd Language #210: What’s Wrong With You?

Recently, a video on SoraNews24 covered some of the conflicts that can occur between spouses of different cultures. One item covered was the difference between “What’s wrong with you?” vs. “What’s wrong?”

The issue: When asking about someone’s problem, the two would seem to mean about the same, but the first is likely to be taken as accusatory whereas the second is taken as being more neutral.

Note that the URL is valid: they changed their name from RocketNews24 to SoraNews24 recently, but have not changed the Website yet. You can use en.soranews24.com in place of the domain name, but your browser will be redirected to en.rocketnews24.com.

Puzzle #213: Found Money

Kathy, Larry, Mona, Neil, and Olivia each recently found a different amount of money. The amounts were $5, $10, $15, $20, and $40 though not necessarily in that order.

Mona found an exact multiple of the amount that Larry found.
Olivia found an exact multiple of the amount that Kathy found.
Larry found an exact multiple of the amount that Neil found.

How much did each find?

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, July 5, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #211 Solution: Marbles

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Finally?

I have been looking for full-time work for all too long. Today, I think I finally have a position. I knew that it had been warping me, but even so, I did not realise quite how much. I have been unable to really relax for a long time.

If you know of someone who is looking for work and having difficulty finding it, please do not just ignore him. Please give him a hand.

Odd Language #209: Prey for Me?

I am currently reading, Worm a really dark superheroes story. Warning: It is really dark. In chapter 12-3 is the sentence: ‘”They want to be the predators, we make them prey,” Noelle said.’

The issue: It can be read as Noelle’s group makes the subject they into prey—and this is the intended meaning, but it can also be read as Noelle’s group makes prey for the subject they. The second use is taking the first noun after the verb as being the indirect object. This is the same type of usage as “He gave them a gift.” which means “He gave a gift to them.”.