Category: Diversions

quizzes, puzzles and tricks

Puzzle at Nine

Two players play the following game with a fair coin. Player 1 chooses (and announces) a triplet (HHH, HHT, HTH, HTT, THH, THT, TTH, or TTT) that might result from three successive tosses of the coin. Player 2 then chooses…

Maths at Nine

Let’s start with the problem but it has to be said that the reasoning behind the solution is complex, unless you are a mathematician: Al Turing and Bertie Einstein, two layabout mathematicians from West Brom, are told that integers x…

Baby boomers in a cold climate

Without looking – quick, how many babies are there in the photo? Iceland is in the middle of a baby boom: “The children who are being born now are those who were conceived shortly after the crisis hit,” Húsavík midwife…

Quiz at Nine

Well, one can never tell – last evening’s Quiz at Nine was pretty much shunned so we’ll have to try better this evening. There are THREE light switches on the wall. One is connected to the lamp upstairs, and two…