Blog Post #82: Terrific Talents!

Dear Readers,

With special permission, of course, in today’s blog post I am delighted to be featuring a high five terrific young talents! Most of them are students at Musica Mundi School, and are therefore outstanding young musicians. All of them are also highly capable in Mathematics.

Clever Cats

The students are so fond of our clever cats that they let them be pictured first! ♥♥♥

In alphabetical order, the first letters of the five first names are:

C, K, P, Q, S.

Imagine swapping each of those letters for a number corresponding to the letter positions within the English alphabet.

That would give us:

3, 11, 16, 17, 19.

The four prime numbers there correspond perfectly to the four students at the music school! The composite number 16, in the middle, is uniquely special because 2 raised to the power of 4 or 4 raised to the power of 2 both make 16.


Is it possible to split the group of five numbers

3, 11, 16, 17, 19

into two mini-groups such that the sum of the numbers in both groups is the same?

An answer is given further down below, at the end of the article.



=Surprise results for the students!

If n=1…calculate…the result is 3.

If n=2…calculate…the result is 11.

If n=3…calculate…the result is 16.

If n=4…calculate…the result is 17.

If n=5…calculate…the result is 19.



Ruth B. already starred in Blog Post #81…but since then I learned that she likes ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Netflix mini-series with the already world-famous character, Beth Harmon.

One fun anagram that’s possible by rearranging the letters of




Until the next time…!

With very best wishes as always to everyone,

Paul Motwani xxx


The answer is “YES!” because 3+11+19=16+17.


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 My e-mail address is You can find me on Facebook, too.

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