Blog Post #52: Beautiful Little Bird

Dear Readers,

A beautiful little bird (painted by Jagoda, a talented friend of mine) tells me that the fun brainteaser in this blog post could well keep many people and their friends entertained and thinking for a fair wee while! Inspired by today’s date (15.2.19), your challenge is to find the maximum number of consecutive positive whole numbers which, when all added together, produce a total sum of exactly 15219.

Why not let it snowball by getting your friends involved in solving with you!?

A solution will be posted later in February/March.

In the meantime, I hope that you had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday. To also wish you a wonderful weekend now, here comes a delightful drawing by Isabelle, a super student of mine. She produced the pencil drawing within just a few minutes yesterday, while relaxing after scoring a near-perfect 97% in a Maths test!

 

Author: Paul A. Motwani

My name is Paul Motwani, but my colleagues, my students and their parents mostly call me "Mr. Mo"! My middle initial, A, stands for Anthony, because I was born on the official feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of miracles and of lost souls. I love teaching Mathematics and Chess, and giving fun-packed talks and shows in schools and clubs. The popular ingredients of Math, Chess, Mystery and Magic are my "Fantastic Four", and I give prizes too! I am an International Chess Grandmaster, and (loooooong ago!) I was the World Under-17 Champion. I am the author of five published chess books and hundreds of newspaper articles. I live with my wonderful wife and son in Belgium. I also love music, movies and puzzles. I blog at paulmotwani.com. My e-mail address is pmotwani141@gmail.com. You can find me on Facebook, too.

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