Puzzle #228: Frozen Yummy II

The yummy, chocolate-coated, ice cream thing on a stick that you – OK, OK, I – have been buying costs $4.20 at the local store near where I work. No, I forgot about the tax; it costs $4.45.

How many ways are there to pay $4.45 with exact change using the usual Canadian coin denominations (nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, and toonie)? Avoiding boredom once again, how many combinations consist of six or fewer coins?

[Hint: You can save yourself some effort if you look at the problem in the right way. Is this the same way as in the previous problem?]

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 18, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Kamloops Municipal By-Elections

Sometimes, one gets the idea that the local Council is not doing a good job. Apparently, a lot of people in Kamloops are thinking that way. We have by-election coming up on September 30. There are six people running for mayor, and there are twenty-one people running for two councillor positions.

I wonder if the city government will catch on that they are not doing nearly as good a job as they think they are. One questionable decision that they have taken well-deserved flak for is changing the recycling program so that plastic bags are no longer accepted.

If you are a Kamloopsian eligible to vote, please be sure to.

Odd Language #224: [Not] A Laughing Matter

There is a joke about a foreign-language student in a home-stay program having trouble with a newspaper article. The student could not understand why the person was charged with what seemed to not be a crime at all.

The issue: The student was reading the crime’s name as “man’s laughter” instead of “manslaughter”. When corrected by her host, the student was quite abashed.

Playing on this same pronunciation difference, the game Smallworld by Days of Wonder has a slogan of “It’s a world of *s*laughter, AFTER ALL!”

Puzzle #227: Frozen Yummy

The yummy, chocolate-coated, ice cream thing on a stick that you – OK, OK, I – have been buying costs $4.20 at the local store near where I work.

How many ways are there to pay $4.20 with exact change using the usual Canadian coin denominations (nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, and toonie)? Wait; that would be boring. How many combinations consist of six or fewer coins?

[Hint: You can save yourself some effort if you look at the problem in the right way.]

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 11, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #225 Solution: Textbooks

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Attack-X Gaming Convention Last Weekend

The big event of the year on my social calendar happened last weekend (from Friday to Sunday, September 15-17, 2017): Attack-X, Kamloops’s own gaming convention.

I played some Dungeons & Dragons.

Once again, I played The Mutant Epoch by Will McAusland (who lives in Kamloops).

I played some board games. I bought some board games.

Oh, yeah, there was tabletop wargaming, too. (It is the main focus of Attack-X.) The wargamers had a good time, and once again, I got to see some very nice painting and game setups.

I had a great time.

Odd Language #223: Shooting at What?

“You have to spot the nerve case and get it . . . whereupon he will trot right on past you, shooting at nothing, until he crashes into a wall or something.” – Starship Troopers, p. 135

The issue: If one is shooting, one is shooting at something. Maybe, one is shooting at nothing in particular, but that is not nothing.

Think gun safety!

Puzzle #226: What is the Rule?

If red is better than blue, starting better than quitting, something better than nothing, water better than wine, failure better than success, area better than volume, fast better than slow, and fast better than rapid, which is better: math or money? Why?

[Clue: The rule has to do with the spelling of the words.]

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 4, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #224 Solution: Fauxgo

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