Category Archives: Algebra

The Coded Prize

As Jill swung through the door of the Blue Swan café one busy Saturday afternoon, she saw Jack sitting at a window table staring intently at his mobile phone, nervously sipping a coffee. “What’s so fascinating on your phone, Jack? … Continue reading

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The Granddaughter’s Age

Two grandfathers sat discussing their families on a bench under an olive tree. “How old is your granddaughter Rachel, Moishe?” asked Benny. “Well, I’m twelve times older than Rachel.” “How about some more info, Moishe.” “Well, her mother, Sarah, is … Continue reading

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The Swimming Pools

One sunny Saturday afternoon, Melvyn, Sam and Bart were sitting around a parasol table enjoying some drinks by the swimming pool at the Sasquatch Hills country club, discussing the merits of their own swimming pool pumps. “I know we all … Continue reading

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The Birthday Survey

Speedy Surveys Inc. one afternoon sent five surveyors to carry out a statistical study on matching birth data from a base point In the walking street of Mapletown. The surveyor would ask a random person to give their first name, … Continue reading

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The Magic Square Age

“Nice to see you, Benny,” said Sam, tipping his hat on meeting his fellow mathematician while ambling down the main avenue of Summerville. “Likewise, Sam, how’s life?” said Benny, tipping his hat in response. “Just fine, all normal – well, … Continue reading

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The Square Estate

As Jack entered the Blue Swan café that, as usual, was filled with the most enticing coffee aromas wafting among the many occupied tables, he saw Jill sitting by a window fixedly peering at a manuscript. “What are you studying … Continue reading

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The Cannonball Treasure

“Hey Jack, look over there, a small chapel hidden behind those palm trees in the jungle,” said Jill, pointing excitedly, “let’s have a look.” Jack and Jill were enjoying their vacation wandering about on the island of La Gaviota in … Continue reading

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The Dice Club Game

One Saturday afternoon, as Jack, now a full-fledged member, entered the Snake Eyes Dice Club in River City, he saw four persons throwing dice at a felt-covered table with Vince, the dealer. “What’s up today, Vince?” asked Jack. “Let me … Continue reading

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The World Tour

On a Saturday evening early in May, there was a televised live band Latin dance show with ten selected couples gyrating at the Mundo de Salsa Dance Hall. “Welcome to the Buenavista Travel Agency promotional dance, amigos. At the end … Continue reading

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The Missing Digits

“What am I going to do with this entry, Sir,” moaned accountant Mortimer Squigg scratching the few hairs left on his bald head as his boss, Sir Algoquin Marshwiggin, entered his office, “we need it to complete the annual audit … Continue reading

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