Blog Post #90: A Thousand Years

Dear Readers,

Until yesterday, I had different ideas about what blog post #90 might be, but I know from The Bible and from personal experience that “…with The Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

As you may already know from blog post #89 posted two days ago, very nice Norwegian friends of mine will today be celebrating the birthday of Yngvild, the mum in their family. So, today’s article here is at least partly to give them a lovely, extra surprise!

  1. Let’s start with the number 1021, like going back a thousand years for a moment.
  2. Since my absolute favourite number is three, multiply 1021 by your favourite three-digit whole number !
  3. Multiply by 7, the number of letters in YNGVILD.
  4. Multiply by 13, the total number of letters in HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
  5. Multiply by 11, the total number of letters in GOD BLESS YOU.
  6. Now DIVIDE by your personal, favourite three-digit number that you used in step 2.

Thank you for getting 1022021

to celebrate Yngvild’s birthday today, 10.2.2021 !

Now we have a sneaky second version of the numbers surprise, and this time it’s for YOU and for EVERYONE!!

  1. Let’s again start with the number 1021, like going back a thousand years for a moment.
  2. Since my absolute favourite number is three, multiply 1021 by your favourite three-digit whole number (e.g. by 456).
  3. Multiply by 7, the number of letters in YNGVILD.
  4. Multiply by 13, the total number of letters in HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
  5. Multiply by 11, the total number of letters in GOD BLESS YOU.
  6. Now DIVIDE by 1021.

Hopefully you like seeing your favourite three-digit number repeated in your answer!

Wishing everyone a really happy day now,

Paul Motwani xxx

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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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