1 “It would be wrong to raise the issue of German reparations during the current economic crisis or it would look as if Greece was looking for an alibi,” opined a radio spokesperson. Pedanticus crushed his receiver with a sledgehammer. Why?
2 An equilateral triangle can be made by cutting two identical hexagons into three big identical pieces. Now perform the same feat by cutting them instead into two identical big pieces and four identical small pieces.
3 Three glasses were each supposed to contain the same amount. I poured a half of the first glass into the second, then a third of the second into the third and finally a quarter of the third back into the first. Now they each contained 12ccs. How much did they start out with?
4 In the football results all home teams scored four goals and all away teams scored only one consolation goal – apart from just one away team, which managed to equalise in their fixture with four goals. With what pithy phrase was this summarised in the headline? 5 The first multiplicative magic number is 6, since 1 x 2 x 3 = 6. N is magic if and only if the product of all its factors smaller than itself equals N. Prove that the number of multiplicatively magic numbers is infinite. Twitter: @ChrisMaslanka