Monthly Archives: August 2017

Puzzle #221: Word Points

If answer is worth 16 points, cat 8, dog 8, Kamloops 19, puzzle 16, smoky 12, soap 8, yes 6, and yoyo 6, what is the rule for how many points a word is worth?

(Hint: The rule has to do with the letters, not the meaning of the word.)

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, August 30, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #219 Solution: Still More Marbles

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Odd Language #217: URLs as Language

What is wrong with this URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/euthanasia-45-percent-deaths-netherlands-49006809?

The issue: While a URL is not ordinary language, it often has meaning. This URL is misleading, because the euthanasia rate in the Netherlands is not 45% as the URL seems to state but rather is 4.5%. However, periods are typically not in the middle of a URL. (They are in the site name and the suffix (such as “.html”)).

Puzzle #220: Borders

How many Canadian provinces have exactly four straight lines for their land borders? For the purposes of this puzzle, a straight line is a line that runs on a line of latitude or of longitude and is primarily land. (Rivers and lakes are not considered to violate this, but a salt water coast does.)

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, August 23, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #218 Solution: The Job Offer

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Still More on Fires

Late last week, the evacuation order for Williams Lake was lifted though an evacuation alert is still in effect. Since then, an evacuation order has been issued for the community of Clinton.

There are also various reports of human-started wildfires.

I would hate to be the person who started any of these fires. I expect that these people just do not care.

This might change if any of them are identified. One such was identified about twenty years ago. The son of a Penticton firefighter started a fire so his father would have work. I do not recall the up-shot though I remember that the firefighter was not involved in the setting of the fire.

Odd Language #216: Mass-Produced

The Wikipedia article on ham sausage has this sentence: “Smithfield Foods of the U.S. has mass-produced ham sausage.”

The issue: Does the sentence mean that they mass-produced it in the past or they have it as a product or they possess it or they sell it? Granted the last three mean about the same in context, but the first is also a possibility.

The ambiguity is because “mass-produced” can be a verb form combined with “has” or a noun phrase combined with “ham sausage”.

Puzzle #219: Still More Marbles

You have some marbles, each of one colour of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

The number of green marbles is one-quarter of the number of all of the other marbles.
The number of blue marbles is the square root of the number of orange marbles. (A square root of a number is a number that multiplied by itself equals the original number. The square root of 4 is 2 since 2 × 2 = 4.)
The number of red marbles is the cube of the number of violet marbles. (27 is the cube of 3 as 3 × 3 × 3 = 27.)
The six numbers of marbles are all different, and each is in the range of one to nine.

Given the above clues, how many of each colour do you 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, August 16, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #217 Solution: Bleach

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