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T he Main Challenge

Happy St David’s Day/Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus.

It’s our National Day in Wales today so try our special alphabet number puzzle; probably the hardest you can ever try!

The longest place name in Europe is a small village on the island of Ynys Môn (Anglesey). When assigning each letter of the English alphabet a numerical value, A=1 B=2 C=3 … Z=26 and adding the individual letters, what is the total value of:


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The 7puzzle Challenge

The playing board of the 7puzzle game is a 7-by-7 grid of 49 different numbers, ranging from up to 84.

The 4th & 6th rows contain the following fourteen numbers:

3   5   10   12   18   20   32   33   35   44   49   54   56   60

Which two numbers, when each is tripled, are also on the list?

The Lagrange Challenge

Lagrange’s Four-Square Theorem states that every positive integer can be made by adding up to four square numbers.

For example, 7 can be made by 2²+1²+1²+1² (or 4+1+1+1).

There are THREE ways of making 60 when using Lagrange’s Theorem. Can you find them?

The Mathematically Possible Challenge

Using 16 and once each, with + – × ÷ available, which FOUR numbers is it possible to make from the list below?

7    14    21    28    35    42    49    56    63    70


The Target Challenge

Can you arrive at 60 by inserting 2, 3, 4 and 7 into the gaps on each line?

  •  (+◯)×(+◯) = 60
  •  (◯–◯)×◯× = 60
  •  ◯²+◯²+◯– = 60
  •  ◯²×◯²+◯– = 60

Answers can be found here.

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