A is exactly four times as big as B.

A's digits when reversed make B.

What are the two numbers?

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]]>Sunday 1st - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Tuesday 3rd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 4th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

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Sunday 15th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Sunday 22nd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Wednesday 25th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 26th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 29th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 30th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 31st - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

]]>If I were to say to you that

"When the day before yesterday was referred to as 'the day after tomorrow', the day that was then called 'yesterday' was as far away from the day we currently call 'tomorrow' as yesterday is from from the day on which we will be able talk about last Monday as 'a week ago yesterday'"

Assuming that I am speaking truthfully, on what day of the week would I be able to make the statement above?

The statement can only be true on a Thursday. Last Saturday would be six days away from tomorrow (Friday) and yesterday (Wednesday) would be six days away from next Tuesday.

]]>If I were to say to you that

"When the day before yesterday was referred to as 'the day after tomorrow', the day that was then called 'yesterday' was as far away from the day we currently call 'tomorrow' as yesterday is from from the day on which we will be able talk about last Monday as 'a week ago yesterday'"

Assuming that I am speaking truthfully, on what day of the week would I be able to make the statement above?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Below are three things and your challenge is to work out the fourth in the sequence:

1st 1st: New Zealand

2nd 2nd: England

3rd 3rd: France

As the Rugby World Cup is in full swing in France, this puzzle is based on previous Rugby World Cups.

The team that was first in the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 was New Zealand.

The team that was second in the second Rugby World Cup in 1991 was England.

The team that was third in the third Rugby World Cup in 1995 was France.

And the team that was fourth in the fourth Rugby World Cup in 1999 was New Zealand.

So the fourth thing in the sequence is

4th 4th: New Zealand

]]>Below are three things and your challenge is to work out the fourth in the sequence:

1st 1st: New Zealand

2nd 2nd: England

3rd 3rd: France

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>On a dusty shelf we found an odd length of chain. It had straight links about a foot long, each link joined to the next with a small ring. The were nine of the straight links, and someone had joined the two ends together to make one loop. We could work out that this was done later as the ring was different from the others.

Of course, once we had found this oddity work on clearing the storeroom came to a halt!

We speculated as to the original purpose of the chain - perhaps a surveyor's chain - and amused ourselves making shapes from it. We discovered that we could only make three triangles from this chain, a surprisingly low number we thought. These are 4-4-1, 4-3-2 and 3-3-3 in terms of links.

We then took to discussing how many triangles we would have been able to make had the chain had more links.

And thus the puzzle is: how many links would need to be in the chain to make ten different triangles? Obviously we want to know the smallest number of links where this is possible.

It turns out that 19 links are needed. The triangles are 9-9-1, 9-8-2, 9-7-3, 9-6-4, 9-5-5, 8-8-3, 8-7-4, 8-6-5, 7-7-5 and 7-6-6.

]]>On a dusty shelf we found an odd length of chain. It had straight links about a foot long, each link joined to the next with a small ring. The were nine of the straight links, and someone had joined the two ends together to make one loop. We could work out that this was done later as the ring was different from the others.

Of course, once we had found this oddity work on clearing the storeroom came to a halt!

We speculated as to the original purpose of the chain - perhaps a surveyor's chain - and amused ourselves making shapes from it. We discovered that we could only make three triangles from this chain, a surprisingly low number we thought. These are 4-4-1, 4-3-2 and 3-3-3 in terms of links.

We then took to discussing how many triangles we would have been able to make had the chain had more links.

And thus the puzzle is: how many links would need to be in the chain to make ten different triangles? Obviously we want to know the smallest number of links where this is possible.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>However, when it came to the tango, none of the three ladies danced with her husband. Alan took Diane to the dance floor, Bill partnered Charles' wife and Fiona's husband danced with Elise.

What are the three married couples, and who danced the tango with whom?

Alan is married to Elise and danced with Diane.

Bill's wife is Diane and he partnered Fiona.

Charles is married to Fiona and danced with Elise.

]]>However, when it came to the tango, none of the three ladies danced with her husband. Alan took Diane to the dance floor, Bill partnered Charles' wife and Fiona's husband danced with Elise.

What are the three married couples, and who danced the tango with whom?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The strangest of them all is the method that they use to select councillors into particular roles. Apparently this method has been in use since the reign of King Henry VIII, but there is no way of verifying this claim.

Whenever a selection takes place (for roles as diverse as Chair of the Council or someone to organise a litter pick) all eight councillors sit around a table in numbered seats. The current Chair of the Council then rolls two dice. Whatever number is the total on the two dice is used to count around the table, eliminating councillors until only one is left - who gets the role in question.

A sort of roll for a role!

For example if the dice totalled three, then the person in seat three would be eliminated, followed by the person in seat six, then in seat one, the in seat five and so on.

One of our colleagues is on the council and never seems to be selected for anything, and we remarked on this one day. She replied quite cryptically, saying she must have an unlucky seat, but her broad grin gave her away.

What seat has she chosen to avoid getting picked for anything?

The councillor in question sits in seat two which gets eliminated before the end whatever number the dice show.

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Tuesday 5th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 6th - Robbie's Quiz (Online) 20.00

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Sunday 10th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Wednesday 13th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 14th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 17th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Tuesday 19th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 20th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 21st - Academy @ Platform 18.30

Sunday 24th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 25th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 26th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 27th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 28th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

]]>The strangest of them all is the method that they use to select councillors into particular roles. Apparently this method has been in use since the reign of King Henry VIII, but there is no way of verifying this claim.

Whenever a selection takes place (for roles as diverse as Chair of the Council or someone to organise a litter pick) all eight councillors sit around a table in numbered seats. The current Chair of the Council then rolls two dice. Whatever number is the total on the two dice is used to count around the table, eliminating councillors until only one is left - who gets the role in question.

A sort of roll for a role!

For example if the dice totalled three, then the person in seat three would be eliminated, followed by the person in seat six, then in seat one, the in seat five and so on.

One of our colleagues is on the council and never seems to be selected for anything, and we remarked on this one day. She replied quite cryptically, saying she must have an unlucky seat, but her broad grin gave her away.

What seat has she chosen to avoid getting picked for anything?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The first bought Tomato Ketchup and Sugar for £2.70.

The next paid £1.45 for a Croissant and Baked Beans.

A sweet-toothed customer next with Honey and Sugar for £3.55.

The fourth customer's Baked Beans and Tomato Ketchup cost £1.55.

And finally Honey and a Croissant came to £2.85.

Having patiently waited my turn I paid £2.40 for my two items.

But what did I buy?

The method here is to find the price of one of the five items purchased, and then work out the prices of the other four. One way is:

TK + S = 270 and

TK + BB = 155

subtracting gives

S - BB = 115 or

BB = S - 115 (a)

then

H + S = 355

H + C = 285

subtracting gives

S - C = 70 or

C = S - 70 (b)

We now have BB and C in terms of S and we have BB and C in one equation

C + BB = 145

S - 70 + S - 115 = 145

2S - 185 = 145

2S = 145 + 185 = 330

S = 165

So now we know Sugar costs £1.65 and successively putting known values into the equations that we have, we can find out that

Honey costs £1.90

Tomato Ketchup costs £1.05

A Croissant costs 95p

And Baked Beans cost 50p

The only two of these that add up to £2.40 are Honey and Baked Beans

]]>The first bought Tomato Ketchup and Sugar for £2.70.

The next paid £1.45 for a Croissant and Baked Beans.

A sweet-toothed customer next with Honey and Sugar for £3.55.

The fourth customer's Baked Beans and Tomato Ketchup cost £1.55.

And finally Honey and a Croissant came to £2.85.

Having patiently waited my turn I paid £2.40 for my two items.

But what did I buy?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Three gold prospectors Adam, Bob and Carl have found nine gold nuggets, in fact they each found three gold nuggets - how fair was that? Well, not quite so fair, as the weight of Adam's three nuggets was exactly twice the weight of Bob's three nuggets.

The weights in ounces of the nine nuggets were 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, 46, 101 and 154.

Which three nuggets did Carl find?

Carl's three nuggets weighed 17, 101 and 154 ounces.

Adam must have found the nuggets weighing 16, 22 and 46 ounces, totalling 84 ounces. Bob's nuggets weighed 10, 13 and 19 ounces, totalling 42 ounces.

]]>Three gold prospectors Adam, Bob and Carl have found nine gold nuggets, in fact they each found three gold nuggets - how fair was that? Well, not quite so fair, as the weight of Adam's three nuggets was exactly twice the weight of Bob's three nuggets.

The weights in ounces of the nine nuggets were 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, 46, 101 and 154.

Which three nuggets did Carl find?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Tom could carry 180 pounds, Dick could carry 190 pounds and Harry could carry 200 pounds. The items and their weights are listed below:

Water - 28 pounds

Food - 35 pounds

Fuel - 42 pounds

Camera - 44 pounds

Laptops - 84 pounds

Technical Journals - 77 pounds

Screen - 63 pounds

Batteries - 61 pounds

Telescope - 48 pounds

Beer - 88 pounds

How could the transport manager organise the ten items onto the three rockets?

Tom carries Fuel (42), Batteries (61) and Technical Journals (77), a total of 180 pounds.

Dick carries Food (35), Camera (44), Telescope (48) and Screen (63), a total of 190 pounds.

Harry carries Water (28), Laptops (84) and Beer (88), a total of 200 pounds.

]]>Tom could carry 180 pounds, Dick could carry 190 pounds and Harry could carry 200 pounds. The items and their weights are listed below:

Water - 28 pounds

Food - 35 pounds

Fuel - 42 pounds

Camera - 44 pounds

Laptops - 84 pounds

Technical Journals - 77 pounds

Screen - 63 pounds

Batteries - 61 pounds

Telescope - 48 pounds

Beer - 88 pounds

How could the transport manager organise the ten items onto the three rockets?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>In each of the quizzes the question master gave very broad hints to the questions he considered hard, rendering them quite easy. We’re sure he thought he was being kind to the contestants, but he was actually being unfair.

In a good quiz round of ten questions there should be a variety of difficulties. Three or four questions can be answered by virtually all the teams, and one or two are there to stretch the best teams. In this way everyone feels as if they’ve taken part, and the harder questions determine the winner.

By making the hard questions easy he was allowing more teams to answer more questions, but any team that knew the answer to a hard question was dismayed to hear the question master giving a huge clue to the correct answer.

Be very judicious in giving a hint after you’ve read the question. If you want to make the quiz a bit easier we will have another blog (How Hard can it be?) on how to alter the question __before__ you ask it, which is an entirely different matter.

In order that all the ladies have a chance to converse with all the other ladies they have a rule that no one can have the same neighbours on more than one occasion during a calendar month.

For example, should they sit in the order listed in the first paragraph, with Denise seated next to Clare and Evie, then Denise cannot sit next to either of them again that month.

Now these ladies are very keen on socialising and will meet for lunch as often as they can. So the question is, how many times each month are they able to take lunch whilst observing the rule about neighbours.

At first sight it would appear that there will be many combinations that will comply with the rule, and allow the Ladies Who Lunch to meet many times each month. Sadly for them this is not the case.

Take Denise as an example. There are six other ladies who can be put into three pairs, and once she has sat by these three pairs there are no more ladies who she can sit by. Until the following month.

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Tuesday 1st - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

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Thursday 3rd - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 6th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

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Sunday 13th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 14th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 15th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 16th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 17th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 20th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 21st - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 22nd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 23rd - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 24th - Academy @ Platform 18.30

Sunday 27th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 28th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 29th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 30th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 17th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

]]>In order that all the ladies have a chance to converse with all the other ladies they have a rule that no one can have the same neighbours on more than one occasion during a calendar month.

For example, should they sit in the order listed in the first paragraph, with Denise seated next to Clare and Evie, then Denise cannot sit next to either of them again that month.

Now these ladies are very keen on socialising and will meet for lunch as often as they can. So the question is, how many times each month are they able to take lunch whilst observing the rule about neighbours.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Using a bucket and carrying water from a nearby pond, Fred can fill the water tank in ten minutes.

Using the same bucket and water source John can fill the water tank in four minutes.

However, John works twice as fast as Fred works! This would seem incorrect, as you would think that the times should be five minutes and ten minutes or four minutes and eight minutes.

The reason for this apparent discrepancy is the hole in the water tank. Fred has to overcome more leakage than John, hence his time is more than twice as long.

The question is not how long the men take to fill the water tank, the question is how long does it take for a full water tank to leak away and become an empty water tank.

Without the leak, Fred should fill the water tank in eight minutes (twice John's four minutes), but he takes ten minutes - an extra two minutes.

As Fred takes six minutes longer than John to fill the water tank he has to overcome six minutes of extra leakage.

So his two minutes of work overcomes six minutes of leakage, which means he is working three time as fast as the leak.

It takes him ten minutes to fill the water tank, so it will be empty 30 minutes after he starts, which is 20 minutes after he has filled it.

The tank empties in 20 minutes, whoever filled it.

]]>Using a bucket and carrying water from a nearby pond, Fred can fill the water tank in ten minutes.

Using the same bucket and water source John can fill the water tank in four minutes.

However, John works twice as fast as Fred works! This would seem incorrect, as you would think that the times should be five minutes and ten minutes or four minutes and eight minutes.

The reason for this apparent discrepancy is the hole in the water tank. Fred has to overcome more leakage than John, hence his time is more than twice as long.

The question is not how long the men take to fill the water tank, the question is how long does it take for a full water tank to leak away and become an empty water tank.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Please note that at the time of these events there were £5, £10 and £20 notes in circulation. Also at this time pre-decimalisation money was used, with 20 shillings in a pound and 12 pennies in a shilling, with halfpennies and farthings (quarter of a penny) coins in use.

A group of people travelled to London to meet their MP for a tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by lunch. They went by train in a reserved coach with the same number of people in each compartment.

The party and the MP went to a restaurant for lunch, which was three courses for a set price including drinks and tips.

When the MP paid for the meals he handed over one bank note, but embarrassingly was one penny short of covering the bill. Seeing his red face, and knowing him to be a good customer, the proprietor let him off the penny.

How many lunches did the the group plus the MP eat, and (almost) pay for?

Say there were n people having lunch and each lunch cost p pennies, then the total cost must be np pence.

As the MP proffered a single note, but was one penny short, the total bill must have been £5 plus a penny (1201 pennies), £10 plus a penny (2401 pennies) or £20 plus a penny (4801 pennies).

However, 1201 and 4801 are prime numbers which means the bill must have been 2401 pennies.

2401 is 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 so this implies:

343 lunches at 7 pence each

196 lunches at 1 shilling one farthing

98 lunches at 2 shillings and a ha'penny

49 lunches at 4 shillings and a penny

7 lunches at 28 shillings and 7 pence

A party of six occupying an entire reserved carriage is unreasonable, as would be 342 and 195 people in a carriage.

98 people at lunch with 97 on the train just about works numerically but 97 is a prime number and so they could not have split evenly between compartments.

Which means that 49 people had lunch and 48 travelled by train.

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]]>Please note that at the time of these events there were £5, £10 and £20 notes in circulation. Also at this time pre-decimalisation money was used, with 20 shillings in a pound and 12 pennies in a shilling, with halfpennies and farthings (quarter of a penny) coins in use.

A group of people travelled to London to meet their MP for a tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by lunch. They went by train in a reserved coach with the same number of people in each compartment.

The party and the MP went to a restaurant for lunch, which was three courses for a set price including drinks and tips.

When the MP paid for the meals he handed over one bank note, but embarrassingly was one penny short of covering the bill. Seeing his red face, and knowing him to be a good customer, the proprietor let him off the penny.

How many lunches did the the group plus the MP eat, and (almost) pay for?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>He gave them four pictures of political figures marked A, B, C and D. He then gave them a list of eight surnames, as follows: Braverman, Corbyn, Johnson, Rayner, Starmer, Sunak, Truss and Zahawi.

He then offered a prize of £30 to the child who identified correctly the most people.

At the end of the test he was not a happy man. "Amy, Ben and Carol, you scored equally" he announced, "and will share the prize equally; however Dave will get what he deserves, namely nothing!"

The children's list were as follows:

Amy: Johnson, Sunak, Starmer and Rayner.

Ben: Johnson, Rayner, Corbyn, Braverman.

Carol: Truss, Zahawi, Corbyn, Braverman.

Dave: Truss, Zahawi, Corbyn and Rayner.

Each politician was identified correctly by at least one child, so who are the four famous politicians?

They are: A - Johnson, B - Zahawi, C - Starmer and D - Braverman

]]>He gave them four pictures of political figures marked A, B, C and D. He then gave them a list of eight surnames, as follows: Braverman, Corbyn, Johnson, Rayner, Starmer, Sunak, Truss and Zahawi.

He then offered a prize of £30 to the child who identified correctly the most people.

At the end of the test he was not a happy man. "Amy, Ben and Carol, you scored equally" he announced, "and will share the prize equally; however Dave will get what he deserves, namely nothing!"

The children's list were as follows:

Amy: Johnson, Sunak, Starmer and Rayner.

Ben: Johnson, Rayner, Corbyn, Braverman.

Carol: Truss, Zahawi, Corbyn, Braverman.

Dave: Truss, Zahawi, Corbyn and Rayner.

Each politician was identified correctly by at least one child, so who are the four famous politicians?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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