It contains all the digits from one through to nine.

If you round the units the number increases in value. Then if you round the tens the number decreases in value. And this pattern continues for eight roundings.

The result after eight roundings is 500000000.

After four roundings the sum of the digits is 24.

There are a few answers

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]]>It contains all the digits from one through to nine.

If you round the units the number increases in value. Then if you round the tens the number decreases in value. And this pattern continues for eight roundings.

The result after eight roundings is 500000000.

After four roundings the sum of the digits is 24.

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The first problem that we encountered was the switch to card-only payments and ordering through an App. Pre-lockdown any people who happened to be in the venue and decided on the night to do the quiz would have a pound or two in their pockets. Not anymore. So decide in advance what you are going to do. Maybe waive the entry fee so they stay and have a couple more drinks, and hopefully come back to future quizzes. Or set up card payments for the quiz perhaps.

We think that cashless payments are here to stay, lockdown or no lockdown, so you will need a long-term policy.

During quizzes we recommend wandering around the venue so you can keep an eye out for mobile phone cheats. You still can walk around, but you might need to wear a mask which muffles your voice. The alternative is to set up a seat somewhere central and you can be maskless, which means you can be heard. You just need to remember to face different directions so everyone can hear, or use a mike.

Talking about mobile phones, most quizmasters will insist that all phones are put away during the quiz. However, if your venue has an App to order food and drinks this is quite difficult to enforce. Let’s face it, the venue will want customers to place orders when they are ready. Until you can walk around it will be difficult to check this.

Long term we can’t expect mobile phones to be in pockets and bags during the quiz from now on.

The last problem is quite a small problem concerning marking. Most venues get teams to swap answers sheets to be marked, although some collect them in for marking. Just be aware that under some regulations this passing of paper back and forth might not be allowed, or some customers might be nervous of it.

]]>**Note**: Local Lockdown rules are changing weekly

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Thursday 5th - Academy @ Platform 18.30

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Thursday 19th - Academy @ Platform 18.30

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]]>He gave each daughter £8 to spend and told them:

All the presents that you buy must cost £1 or cost an exact multiple of £1.

Each of you must choose a different method of dividing your money between your brothers.

Between you, you must make sure that the total cost of each of your brothers' presents is the same.

We were amazed and asked whether his daughters had followed his instructions. Apparently they had and furthermore he gave us some extra facts:

Fiona spent more on Bobby than the other three brothers put together.

Cathy spent as much on Sam and Ricky as Fiona spent on the other two brothers.

Mary spent more on John than on any other brother.

Eve spent more on Ricky than on any other brother.

Sally is the other daughter.

We looked at each other and then asked how much each daughter had spent on each brother. He grinned, finished his pint, and said we would have to work it out for ourselves. At which point he left.

So who spent what on whom?

The first thing to do is to work out the five ways of splitting £8 into four amounts of pounds, and these are:

a) 5, 1, 1, 1b) 4, 2, 1, 1

c) 3, 2, 2, 1

d) 3, 3, 1, 1

e) 2, 2, 2, 2

Each girl must use one of these patterns when buying the presents.

From the first fact Fiona must use pattern a, as she spends more on Bobby than the other brothers put together.

Mary and Eve must use patterns b and c (although we don't yet know which) as they spent more on one brother than any of the others.

Cathy must use pattern d, which leaves pattern e for Sally

Using the fact that each brother receives presents totalling the same amount, and putting this in a table

Bobby | John | Ricky | Sam | |

By Fiona | 5 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

By Cathy | 1 | 1 | 3 | 3 |

By Mary | (1) | (4) | (1) | (2) |

By Eve | (1) | (2) | (3) | (2) |

By Sally | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 |

Total | 10 | 10 | 10 | 10 |

Mary and Eve's totals are in brackets as we don't know which way round they are, but we know they must have spent those amounts on the four brothers.

As it happens pattern b (ie 4, 2, 1, 1) must be Mary's as she spent more on John than any of the other brothers. As thus Eve is pattern c.

Did you work it out?

]]>He gave each daughter £8 to spend and told them:

All the presents that you buy must cost £1 or cost an exact multiple of £1.

Each of you must choose a different method of dividing your money between your brothers.

Between you, you must make sure that the total cost of each of your brothers' presents is the same.

We were amazed and asked whether his daughters had followed his instructions. Apparently they had and furthermore he gave us some extra facts:

Fiona spent more on Bobby than the other three brothers put together.

Cathy spent as much on Sam and Ricky as Fiona spent on the other two brothers.

Mary spent more on John than on any other brother.

Eve spent more on Ricky than on any other brother.

Sally is the other daughter.

We looked at each other and then asked how much each daughter had spent on each brother. He grinned, finished his pint, and said we would have to work it out for ourselves. At which point he left.

So who spent what on whom?

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>He presented the knight with three chests, which were labelled Gold, Lead and Gold And Lead. The King then said that the knight could take just one of the chests, and the knight immediately made a move towards the crate labelled Gold.

However the King stopped the knight and told him the puzzle.

All three chests were labelled incorrectly. Furthermore the knight could examine only one coin from one of the chests before making his decision.

How did the knight determine the correct contents of all three chests and thus take possession of the gold?

The knight should examine one coin from the chest labelled Gold And Lead.

If this is a gold coin then that chest contains gold coins only, as all three are labelled incorrectly. From this the chest marked Gold must contain lead coins only and the chest marked Lead must contain a mixture of coins.

In the same way, if this is a lead coin then that chest contains lead coins only. And then the chest marked Lead must contain gold coins only and the chest marked Gold must contain a mixture of coins.

Would you have walked away with the gold?

]]>He presented the knight with three chests, which were labelled Gold, Lead and Gold And Lead. The King then said that the knight could take just one of the chests, and the knight immediately made a move towards the crate labelled Gold.

However the King stopped the knight and told him the puzzle.

All three chests were labelled incorrectly. Furthermore the knight could examine only one coin from one of the chests before making his decision.

How did the knight determine the correct contents of all three chests and thus take possession of the gold?

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>A: I've got more marbles than you have!

B: I bet you haven't - see for yourself

A: Okay, you have got more than me, but I'm the better player so I'll soon have more than you

B: You think so?

A: I do, and if I win three marbles from you I'll have twice as many as you'll have

B: You're on

[pause while they played]

A: Oh you're so lucky, I've never seen such a fluke

B: Told you I'd win

A: Yes, but you only won two

B: I might've won only two from you, but now I've three times as many marbles as you have

A: Right, you won't beat me again

[pause while they played again]

A: Oh I give up

B: Well you're going to have to give up, as I've got all your marbles

So how many marbles does player B now have?

From A's statement about winning three marbles we have A + 3 = 2(B - 3) or

A + 3 = 2B - 6 [1]

And from B's statement about winning two marbles we have 3(A - 2) = B + 2 or

3A - 6 = B + 2

Doubling both sides of this gives

6A - 12 = 2B + 4 [2]

If we subtract [1] from [2] we get

5A - 15 = 10

Adding 15 to both sides gives

5A = 25

And so A started with five marbles

Putting A = 5 back into [1] we get

5 + 3 = 2B - 6

So

2B = 5 + 3 + 6 = 14

B = 7

So B started with seven marbles and has won all of A's five marbles, and he now has 12

]]>A: I've got more marbles than you have!

B: I bet you haven't - see for yourself

A: Okay, you have got more than me, but I'm the better player so I'll soon have more than you

B: You think so?

A: I do, and if I win three marbles from you I'll have twice as many as you'll have

B: You're on

[pause while they played]

A: Oh you're so lucky, I've never seen such a fluke

B: Told you I'd win

A: Yes, but you only won two

B: I might've won only two from you, but now I've three times as many marbles as you have

A: Right, you won't beat me again

[pause while they played again]

A: Oh I give up

B: Well you're going to have to give up, as I've got all your marbles

So how many marbles does player B now have?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>A father organised a round of golf with his two sons, and to try to raise their interest in the sport he proposed the following inducement:

- I will play the first nine holes against Andy and the second nine holes against Ben.
- If I don't win the first hole I'll pay Andy £1 and if I don't win the tenth hole I'll pay Ben £1.
- If I don't win a hole immediately after winning a hole I'll also pay £1.
- If I don't win a second consecutive hole I'll pay £2 for that hole, £3 for a third consecutive hole, and so on.

In short, to win money each son has to prevent his father winning a hole, and the amount won on a hole increases the more consecutive holes the father fails to win.

The father had a disastrous round winning only five holes; however, he did win the first and the 18th - the two holes in sight of the clubhouse, which saved a little embarrassment.

And his two sons won the same amount of money. So how much money did the father pay out in total?

We know that the father won only five holes and won the first (against Andy) and the 18th (against Ben). So he must have won three other holes, and we can see that he must have won one of these against one son and two of these against the other son. Otherwise one son would win much more money than the other.

Examining the possible sequences for the nine holes when the father won two holes:

- A losing sequence of seven holes would cost £28
- Losing sequences of six holes and one hole would cost £21 plus £1 totalling £22
- Losing sequences of five holes and two holes would cost £15 plus £3 totalling £18
- Losing sequences of four holes and three holes would cost £10 plus £6 totalling £16

Examining the possible sequences for the nine holes when the father won three holes:

- A losing sequence of six holes would cost £21
- Losing sequences of five holes and one hole would cost £15 plus £1 totalling £16
- Losing sequences of four holes and two holes would cost £10 plus £3 totalling £13
- Losing sequences of three holes and three holes would cost £6 plus £6 totalling £12
- Losing sequences of four holes, one hole and one hole would cost £10 plus £1 plus £1 totalling £12
- Losing sequences of three holes, two holes and one hole would cost £6 plus £3 plus £1 totalling £10
- Losing sequences of two holes, two holes and two holes would cost £3 plus £3 plus £3 totalling £9

These are the only possible losses to the two sons and we know that they won the same amount of money. The only total in both lists is £16 and so each son must have won this amount, and thus the father paid out £32.

]]>A father organised a round of golf with his two sons, and to try to raise their interest in the sport he proposed the following inducement:

- I will play the first nine holes against Andy and the second nine holes against Ben.
- If I don't win the first hole I'll pay Andy £1 and if I don't win the tenth hole I'll pay Ben £1.
- If I don't win a hole immediately after winning a hole I'll also pay £1.
- If I don't win a second consecutive hole I'll pay £2 for that hole, £3 for a third consecutive hole, and so on.

In short, to win money each son has to prevent his father winning a hole, and the amount won on a hole increases the more consecutive holes the father fails to win.

The father had a disastrous round winning only five holes; however, he did win the first and the 18th - the two holes in sight of the clubhouse, which saved a little embarrassment.

And his two sons won the same amount of money. So how much money did the father pay out in total?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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**Note**: Local Lockdown rules are changing weekly

Tuesday 6th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Wednesday 7th - Robbie's Quarantine Quiz (Online) 20.00

Thursday 8th - Academy @ Platform 18.30

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Tuesday 20th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Thursday 22nd - Academy @ Platform 18.30

Tuesday 27th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

]]>Which might prove to be harder than the test!

The girls' emails were:

Anne: I finished second and Debs was only fourth.

Beth: Anne was second but I was only third.

Cath: I came third and poor Emma was last.

Debs: I was fourth and Beth came top.

Emma: Luckily I came top and Cath was second.

Given the information received by the parents received can you determine the actual finishing order of the five girls.

There are a few ways into this puzzle, and here is one.

Two girls say that Debs is fourth. If this is *not* true then Anne was second and Beth first. But if Beth *is* top then Emma's first statement is false and her second statement *is* true making Cath second. Anne and Cath can't both be second so Debs must be fourth.

As Debs is fourth Anne can't be second and from Beth's statement Beth must be third.

If Beth was third then Cath wasn't third and Emma must be last.

And if Emma was last her statement about Cath must be true, so Cath can second.

This just leaves Anne, who must have been top.

The full order is

- Anne
- Cath
- Beth
- Debs
- Emma

Which might prove to be harder than the test!

The girls' emails were:

Anne: I finished second and Debs was only fourth.

Beth: Anne was second but I was only third.

Cath: I came third and poor Emma was last.

Debs: I was fourth and Beth came top.

Emma: Luckily I came top and Cath was second.

Given the information received by the parents can you determine the actual finishing order of the five girls.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Whilst sorting through some old jewellery a colleague of ours discovered seven pieces of a chain in different lengths. The seven pieces were two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight links long, making a total of 35 links.

It was a lovely chain, and she decided to have the pieces joined together so that she could wear it as a piece of jewellery. And so she sought the services of a jeweller to do the work.

She was disappointed to discover that the jeweller would charge £17.50 to join up the pieces, and asked for a breakdown of the charges. The jeweller said that it cost 50p to cut a link and £2.00 to weld the link back together. There were seven pieces, and so it required seven cuts and seven welds to make a continuous loop of chain. Seven lots of £2.50 comes to £17.50, the price the jeweller was quoting.

Is this the cheapest solution? And if not, what is the cheapest way to make the chain complete?

As we are posing this puzzle, you can reasonably expect that this is not the cheapest solution.

The best way to complete the chain is the take the two-link piece and the three-link piece, and make five cuts to get five individual links. You now have the five links and five other pieces of chain. Use the five individual links to join the five pieces of chain into a wearable piece of jewellery.

As this requires only five cuts and five welds, the price drops to £12.50.

]]>Whilst sorting through some old jewellery a colleague of ours discovered seven pieces of a chain in different lengths. The seven pieces were two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight links long, making a total of 35 links.

It was a lovely chain, and she decided to have the pieces joined together so that she could wear it as a piece of jewellery. And so she sought the services of a jeweller to do the work.

She was disappointed to discover that the jeweller would charge £17.50 to join up the pieces, and asked for a breakdown of the charges. The jeweller said that it cost 50p to cut a link and £2.00 to weld the link back together. There were seven pieces, and so it required seven cuts and seven welds to make a continuous loop of chain. Seven lots of £2.50 comes to £17.50, the price the jeweller was quoting.

Is this the cheapest solution? And if not, what is the cheapest way to make the chain complete?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>In these Word Chains it is the meaning of the words that changes at each step. For example Twenty-Score-Cut-Snub is a "meaningful word chain". Twenty is a Score, to Score (with a knife) is to Cut, and to Cut someone is to Snub them.

Here are ten to try. In each you have the first and last words, and the number of letters in each of the intermediate words.

1. Only-(4)-(4)-Blonde

2. Autumn-(4)-(4)-Journey

3. Mark-(7)-(5)-Entitlement

4. Teach-(5)-(8)-Bearing

5. Fungus-(5)-(4)-Class

6. Jump-(6)-(6)-Flavour

7. Reserve-(4)-(6)-Capacity

8. Dowry-(7)-(4)-Role

9. Decline-(6)-(6)-Offspring

10. Shilling-(3)-(7)-Gravel

And the answers are:

1. Only-Just-Fair-Blonde

2. Autumn-Fall-Trip-Journey

3. Mark-Correct-Right-Entitlement

4. Teach-Coach-Carriage-Bearing

5. Fungus-Mould-Form-Class

6. Jump-Spring-Season-Flavour

7. Reserve-Book-Volume-Capacity

8. Dowry-Portion-Part-Role

9. Decline-Refuse-Litter-Offspring

10. Shilling-Bob-Shingle-Gravel

]]>In these Word Chains it is the meaning of the words that changes at each step. For example Twenty-Score-Cut-Snub is a "meaningful word chain". Twenty is a Score, to Score (with a knife) is to Cut, and to Cut someone is to Snub them.

Here are ten to try. In each you have the first and last words, and the number of letters in each of the intermediate words.

1. Only-(4)-(4)-Blonde

2. Autumn-(4)-(4)-Journey

3. Mark-(7)-(5)-Entitlement

4. Teach-(5)-(8)-Bearing

5. Fungus-(5)-(4)-Class

6. Jump-(6)-(6)-Flavour

7. Reserve-(4)-(6)-Capacity

8. Dowry-(7)-(4)-Role

9. Decline-(6)-(6)-Offspring

10. Shilling-(3)-(7)-Gravel

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>- Read the questions and allow the teams time to answer.
- The marker collects the answer sheets and hands out sheets for the next round.
- Read out the answers while the marker does the marking.
- Read out the questions for the next round while the marker finishes marking, tots up the scores etc.
- While the marker collects and hands out answer sheets, you read out the scores.
- Repeat

This should keep things moving along quite nicely.

If you haven’t got a marker then the teams will have to swap answer sheets with other teams. Be wary of two teams of friends who might be “lenient” with each other; perhaps insisting that teams vary who they swap with. Teams must swap back after you’ve given the answers, so that any mismarking can be rectified. It’s also a good idea to get the teams to call out their score, so that the team that marked them can spot someone adding a few marks to the score.

[If you use our scoring application it will take care of the sums to make things quicker, and you can display everything on a screen for everyone to see.]

]]>It seems that the staff are all on contracts to work 40 hours every week; however, with the current demand the landlord needs everyone to work 44 hours per week. This extra workload has been causing some friction, and it appears that the landlord has offered the staff two ways out of this situation.

The first is that they work the contracted 40 hours as normal and then get paid overtime at time and a half for the other four hours.

The second is that they agree to work 44 hours a week and he will increase their hourly pay by five percent.

So which offer should the staff accept?

For simplicity assume that a member of staff is paid £10 per hour.

With the first offer they would receive 40 x £10 (£400) and then overtime of 4 x £15 (£60), making a total of £460.

Under the second offer they would receive 44 x £10.50 which is £462.

The offer of increased basic pay is better than the overtime.

]]>It seems that the staff are all on contracts to work 40 hours every week; however, with the current demand the landlord needs everyone to work 44 hours per week. This extra workload has been causing some friction, and it appears that the landlord has offered the staff two ways out of this situation.

The first is that they work the contracted 40 hours as normal and then get paid overtime at time and a half for the other four hours.

The second is that they agree to work 44 hours a week and he will increase their hourly pay by five percent.

So which offer should the staff accept?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>He had fenced three sides of the field and was going to drive to the hardware store to get the materials that he needed to complete the fence (apparently there wasn't enough wood in stock when he first went).

He divulged that he had spent £280 on the fence so far, which was three complete sides and the four corner posts. He told me that the corner posts had been £10 each, but he could not remember the cost of the fencing. And he was very vague about the size of the field, surprisingly so for a farmer.

How much should he expect to pay for the materials to complete the fence?

We know that the corner posts are £10 each and there are four of them, so the corners have cost a total of £40.

The farmer has spent a total of £280 on three sides and the corners, so the three sides must have cost £240. And each side must have cost £80.

The farmer needs one more side to complete the field and so can expect to pay a further £80.

Oddly we don't need to know the size of the field or the cost of fencing.

Even odder is why there is no gate to the field!

]]>He had fenced three sides of the field and was going to drive to the hardware store to get the materials that he needed to complete the fence (apparently there wasn't enough wood in stock when he first went).

He divulged that he had spent £280 on the fence so far, which was three complete sides and the four corner posts. He told me that the corner posts had been £10 each, but he could not remember the cost of the fencing. And he was very vague about the size of the field, surprisingly so for a farmer.

How much should he expect to pay for the materials to complete the fence?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>**Note**: Local Lockdown rules are changing weekly

Tuesday 1st - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Wednesday 2nd - Robbie's Quarantine Quiz (Online) 20.00

Sunday 6th - The Inn on the Green 20.00 **Cancelled**

Tuesday 8th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Sunday 13th - The Inn on the Green 20.00 **Cancelled**

Tuesday 15th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Wednesday 16th - Robbie's Quarantine Quiz (Online) 20.00

Sunday 20th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Tuesday 22nd - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

Sunday 27th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Tuesday 29th - Not Just An Udder Quiz (Online) 19.40

]]>The equation is:

□□ x □ = □□□

Each of the □ symbols represents one of the digits 1 - 6 and none of the digits is repeated. So use each digit from 1 to 6 once and once only!

And, of course, you have to make the equation correct.

After a bit of trial and error you might have arrived at 54 x 3 = 162, which is the only answer.

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The equation is:

□□ x □ = □□□

Each of the □ symbols represents one of the digits 1 - 6 and none of the digits is repeated. So use each digit from 1 to 6 once and once only!

And, of course, you have to make the equation correct.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>A couple of us were in the pub having a quiet pint after a hard day's question writing, and we noticed two of our colleagues playing cards. After they had finished playing they joined us for another drink.

Curious to know how their games had gone we asked them, and we found out that they had played five games. Oddly enough, they had both won the same number of games, and as you might or might not know, a draw is not possible in cribbage.

How is this possible?

The only way that this is possible is if they played at least some of the games against another person or persons.

]]>A couple of us were in the pub having a quiet pint after a hard day's question writing, and we noticed two of our colleagues playing cards. After they had finished playing they joined us for another drink.

Curious to know how their games had gone we asked them, and we found out that they had played five games. Oddly enough, they had both won the same number of games, and as you might or might not know, a draw is not possible in cribbage.

How is this possible?

Answers at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Sunflower & I won awards for being the best decorated bar in Cardiff, and it was a spectacular backdrop for our quizzes.

The quiz nights quickly gained a loyal following, with one person travelling from Aberdare (over 60 miles round trip) to join his team. Another likened the quizzes to cryptic crosswords, compared with other quizzes in the area.

And then COVID-19!

Sunflower & I had to shut its doors, and with no outdoor space it found it impossible to reopen, even as restrictions eased slightly. Finally Seb and Lukasz realised that they were not going to be able to reopen, and they have moved to Spain.

Sunflower & I is no more.

We're hoping that another hostelry will be able to accommodate the "Best Quiz in Cardiff Bay", but nowhere will replace Sunflower & I.

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