Category Archives: Number Theory

The Friendly Safe

“Are you telling me that another uncle has passed away, Jill!!” exclaimed Jack, taking another sip of a hot chocolate while sitting at a café table at Chez Pierre’s, “how many uncles do you have??” “Well, Jack, I do have … Continue reading

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The Wine Tavern

One Saturday evening in late winter, Jason, Melanie and Bob were sitting around a cozy table at the newly opened Bacchus Wine Tavern, that was promoting a novel wine pouring system consisting of five different types of wine and a … Continue reading

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Two Bridge Hands

One early and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Royal Banana Plantation Bridge Club, there arose an animated discussion as to whether hand A consisting of five clubs, four hearts, three diamonds and one spade was more probable than hand B … Continue reading

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Days Off

“I heard you have a new job, Dirk,” said Barney, taking a sip of his beer. “Yea, I do, Barney, and it’s a really great job because I get a lot of time off to go fishing at the lake,” … Continue reading

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The Odd Phone Number

“I forgot to ask for your phone number, Julia,” shouted Roger desperately running after the bus that was pulling away from the airport terminal. “It has three sixes, two two’s, and two nines,” shouted Julia back through the window as … Continue reading

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The Road Crossing

Seymore, a green frog, wanted to cross the road to get to his favorite pond where frog mates were plentiful. However, the road was a dangerous place to cross, and Seymore was worried he might get run over by a … Continue reading

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The Chess Match

One Sunday afternoon, a chess match was being held at the King’s Hills Chess Club where bets were being made on Henry MacDuff versus Melvin Longspur. Henry MacDuff was rated as a three times better player than Melvin Longspur. Judge … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s Triangular Array

To emulate and surpass the famous emperor Qin’s necropolis achievement, emperor Wu Shu, who preferred to be known as “He Who Cannot Be Counted,” decided that after the end of his life he wanted to be buried at the head … Continue reading

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A Basket of Fruit

“I hear the jingle of the fruit vendor Zoltan passing by, Lennie,” said mommy. “Won’t you please run out and buy some fruit for your lunch box next week, and take this basket.” “Sure, mommy.” Lennie ran out with the … Continue reading

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The Chinese Round Table

One fine evening, Jack and Jill were dining at the Fu Manchu Magic Noodle House, their favorite Chinese restaurant. They sat at a round table served by their regular waitress, Wang Shu. A number of dishes containing delicious tidbits for … Continue reading

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