Are You Puzzled?
If your child thinks math is so dreary, challenge him fyou've got sharp eyes or a way with words,
with these puzzles - which are pure fun.
challenge yourself to this Chanukah puzzle.
#1) Can you guess which group of
numbers, when added together, contains
the greater sum?
#2) In the year 2,200 B.C.E., the first
"Magic Square" was found in China.
Written on the back of a tortoise shell,
the puzzle revealed a square whose num-
bers equaled the same amount whether
added horizontally, vertically or diago-
Some came to believe that magic
squares held secret powers, so the
squares often were inscribed on amulets,
to provide "good luck."
More logical minds also have been
attracted to magic squares; Benjamin
Franklin liked to create them for fun.
Try your hand at making a magic square
(and if it's too easy, make certain that the
numbers in each corner also add up to
the same sum). Here's an example of one
A) Take an ordinary 52-card deck.
B) In "random order, turn over cards.
Imagine that the first card is a 3. Set the
3 down, face up, then place on top of it
enough cards to make a pile of 10. Suits
and numbers on the cards atop the 3 do
not matter. Simply place down the 3,
then count 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 cards and
stop. Continue doing this, making sepa-
rate piles, until you have used all cards
in the deck. Piles should contain more
than 1 card, so simply place face cards
and 10s back in the deck to be used for
other piles. The ace counts as 1.
C) When you have made as many
piles as the deck allows (DO NOT
include any piles which cannot be com-
pleted to 10; hold any unused cards in
your hand), turn all the piles over, facing
down. Now, ask a friend to point to any
three piles. Pick up the rest of the piles
and keep the cards in your hand. Ask
your friend to turn over the top cards on
two piles, leaving one still face down.
You are now about to reveal to your
friend exactly what the hidden card is.
D) In your hand you hold all the
cards which could not be used to make
piles of 10, as well as the piles that your
friend did not select among his three.
Count out the number revealed by your
friend's top two cards. (Say he uncovered
a 2 and an 8; you would count out 10
cards). Next, count out 19 more cards
(this number will never change).
Finally, count out the number of cards
remaining in your hand. This is the
number that also will appear on the hid-
den top card.
#5) How is it that 6 x 5 = 8 x 4?
Chanukah Word Search
Can you find the following words in this puzzle? They may be horizontal or
diagonal, backwards or forwards.
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