Blog Post #112: Happy Holy Days πŸ˜Š

Dear Readers,

The word ‘Holidays’ originally comes from an Old English word meaning ‘Holy Days’. So, it’s very fitting that many countries recognise today, All Saints’ Day, as a holiday to be celebrated.

A desire to become more holy is a great and happy goal to be honoured and respected. It is possible for you, for me, and for all people who will turn to God and, with the free will that He still grants us now, ask Him to guide us ever closer to Heaven.

Shared on Facebook today by Father Jim Walls, a wonderful Scottish priest

Though we all still stumble on, or sometimes stray away from, the path meant for us, it’s really comforting to know that God forgives our faults if we ask Him sincerely and believe in Him faithfully. Today is a perfect day to ‘turn over a new leaf’ and, through prayer, seek God’s help to live a more holy life.

It’s the perfect time to ‘turn over a new leaf’ in our lives

Two days ago, my wife, Jenny, and I enjoyed a delicious dinner and a great chat at the home of a really lovely couple.

There are nice puzzles coming up about Kinga and Guy’s delicious dinner,
and if you use the key facts, it’ll all be a piece of cake!! 😊

Though it was certainly tempting, no-one was going to eat all 360Β° of the scrumptious pear cake by themselves! There was a total of N people at the dinner to share the cake equally. An interesting mathematical fact is that the 360Β° can be divided exactly (to get a whole number, with no remainder) by 1 or 2 or 3 or…all the way to…or N, but there would be a remainder if 360Β° were to be divided by N+1.

How many people altogether were at the dinner?

Also, what was my favourite food in the main course if you can make its name by taking the letters of SORT IT, then adding one particular extra letter, and rearranging to get the 7-letter name of the food?

Congratulations for figuring out that N=6 and that O SORT IT makes yummy RISOTTO!

The 6 people at the dinner were: Jenny and me (guests of) Kinga, Guy, their son Edward and his lovely Chinese girlfriend Ying.

I sent them the following puzzle: “Which piano key should be your favourite!?”

There were a few laughs on reading my accompanying answer:

“The G KEY, in honour of Guy, Kinga, Edward, Ying 😊😊😊😊.”

In further honour of the new ‘Fantastic Four’, enjoy the following chess puzzle where it’s White to play and force checkmate in not more than 4 moves.

It’s White to play and force checkmate in not more than 4 moves

Congratulations yet again, this time for finding

1 Qe5+! Ka8 2 Qa5+ Kb8 3 c7+ Kb7 4 Be4#, a pretty checkmate!

I would like to round off this article now with another good picture shared on Facebook today by Father Jim Walls.

With love and kindest wishes as always,

Paul Motwani xxx

Always remember that God loves us all

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: