M i n d s p O r T Flights of Fancy
E4 First read the following puzzle carefully because that’ll enable me to predict EXACTLY what you’re going to do after you finish. And believe me, it’s a scary scenario! Okay, go. “Two pilots starting from a place flew away from each other. After some time, they found they were coming towards each other. Stranger still, at the start, when they were separating from each other, and also at the end, when they were approaching each other, they were both moving in the same direction. How?”
Right, now this is what you’re doing. You’re re- reading the puzzle again to make sure there are no catches in it. Or hidden meanings. Or puns. Or whatever. But then, after a moment’s thought ( or maybe five minutes of it) you’re slapping your head and going, “Oh, of course! What an easy one. Mukul must think we’re complete idiots!” Then you sit down and immediately keyboard out an email and click SEND. But here’s the thing. I want the second solution too. Life’s tough.
DEAR MS ( The pending puzzle was: “You have a roll of cloth, but no metre stick. With a 15 cm scale you find: [ 1] radius of the roll = 12 cm; [ 2] radius of plastic rod at the centre = 2.5 cm; [ 3] height of the roll = 175 cm; [ 4] thickness of the cloth = 0.2 cm. What’s the length of the cloth unfolded?” — MS)
FOLDED- Roll- Dept: The volume of the complete roll ( which is in the form of a cylinder) = 3.142*( 12)^ 2* 175 = 79178.4 sq. cm. The volume of the inner plastic rod = 3.142*( 2.5)^ 2* 175 = 3436.56 sq. cm. Thus, the volume of the cloth is 75741.84 sq. cm. Volume of cloth = l* b* h or 75741.84 = l* 175* 0.2, which gives l = 2164 cm = 21.64 metres. Please let me know which cloth is 0.2 cm thick!
— Saifuddin Khomosi, saif_ [email protected] hotmail. com
( The other problem was: “First unanagram ‘ ATTACHEDASTWINFROMTHEHEART, IT BOILS SPIES. TEA- TOYS EXCEL ON HOT FRIED CREATURE. SHH! FEAST!’ Then solve it.” — MS)
A- third- of- EARTH- Dept: “AT WHAT DISTANCE FROM THE EARTH IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE EXACTLY ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH’S SURFACE?”
— Pushpendu Nath, pshpndgmlcm[email protected] gmail. com
TAURUS apr 20 may 20
Social activities may bring you in contact with interesting people. You tend to attract kindness and you can offer the same to others. You are more willing to find ways to agree than to disagree, although you may find it too easy to give in to others. Enjoy your time with loved ones; harmonise any discord. Avoid careless gossip.
GEMINI may 21 JUN 21
Agreements are easier to make now because you are likely to feel good about the people you are involved with. Business and career matters are favoured and you could be a hit with the boss. Making a favourable impression does more to sell a project this week. You may be drawn to many financial deals that appeal to you.
CANCER JUN 22 JUL 22
Business gets done the way you want it, and when it doesn’t, you will be effective in arguing your position. You prefer to stand your ground and being in control. You will tend to get to the core of what makes a deal work and to miss very little in whatever you analyse. Good news regarding a family member awaits you.