Category: Diversions

quizzes, puzzles and tricks


  • 26 L of the A
  • 7 D of the W
  • 7 W of the W
  • 12 S of the Z
  • 66 B of the B
  • 52 C in a P (W J)
  • 13 S in the U S F
  • 18 H on a G C
  • 39 B of the O T
  • 5 T on a F

The Foodies

Were you not brought up on his humour, which most over here were not but millions of Americans, over two decades were, you’d have missed the big spat with Leno, Letterman and him.

Also, it takes some getting used to. Even after the one episode, there is that whiff of the set-up and the surliness of Jordan then becomes understandable, not unlike Dame Edna’s Madge, but with an edge.

The nice thing about his shows are the way he brings in his staffers as the co-stars, especially his long suffering Armenian assistant, Sona, who is good value, plus the overseas or on the road clips involving the locals.

To me, that lifts his show out of the ordinary. Some I can take or leave, such as the put-downs but there are two episodes this evening I’m going to run, showing the power of TV to educate if it wishes to. Information-lite, yes but giving a feel for Armenia.…

Thought for the day

“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” ― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms…

Fiendish maths or dead easy?

This may be beyond you, it might not. The explanation given by a mathematician had the eyes watering but it shall be given later. Hopefully, some will have tried it by then.

I need to add that the solution was not given by the putter of the puzzle, therefore what I’ll post later is from a commenter.

A certain street has between 50 and 500 houses in a row, numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, … consecutively. There is a certain house on the street such that the sum of all the house numbers to the left side of it is equal to the sum of all the house numbers to its right. Find the number of this house.

[H/T Chuckles]…

Match ’em

1. But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.
2. Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.
3. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
4. I’m all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
5. He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
6. All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
7. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

a. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), brandy distiller
b. Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959), featured in a Simon and Garfunkel song
c. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), gin producer
d. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), founder of Marvell Comics
e. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), grandfather of and mentor to Boris
f. Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805), forerunner of the internet troll and a certain law firm