Blog Post #120: Prepare Your Heart ♥

Dear Friends,

Have you ever loved someone so much that you could feel your heart overflowing, and have you wished for someone special to love you as much as that? The joyful truth is that we are all loved infinitely more than any of us can really imagine fully.

God Loves All of Us

We are loved completely, totally and perfectly by God. That is by far the most happy and important thing that I know, for sure. Indeed, I am glad to declare honestly that I am more sure about God’s love for us than I am about anything else, including everything regarding Chess, Mathematics and other subjects that I have studied practically every day for decades.

My biggest Christmas wish is for as many people as possible–everyone, really–to live the rest of their lives joyfully knowing that God loves them, and that He has prepared a magnificent home for us in His Kingdom.

I could have stopped just above, for the most important things have been said…

…but I would like to also offer some personal thoughts for several dear friends.

Firstly, for two distinguished gentlemen who are brothers and whose father is ill, I am thinking of your whole family with kindest thoughts and prayers. I would also still like to most sincerely wish the older brother a happy birthday coming in five days from now, five days before Christmas.

A super-bright ray of sunshine comes to mind as I think of some other lovely friends who are now back living in a country for which the six-letter name can be made using all the letters of RAY NOW 😊.

Congratulations for getting NORWAY 😊.

A nice photo from my friends’ town of Kolbotn
A lovely lake view at Kolbotn
Easy Mindreading Puzzle: Rearrange the letters of OWNS
to get the cool word that I’m thinking of…😊

In Norway, they of course have lots of SNOW even when it’s not Christmas!!

Could this old photo of Kolbotn be from the year A*(100-A) nearly 100 years ago?

OK, you’re quite possibly asking, “What do you mean by A*(100-A)?”

Well, Ask-Johannes (the boy beside his sister in the photo below) sent me a note of his favourite whole number (let’s call it A), and A*(100-A) gives a year as early as possible in the 20th century (but not 1900 or 1901, for example, because we couldn’t get those results from A*(100-A)…

Happy memories of enjoying Maths puzzles with Vilja, Ask-Johannes and Sigurd August in Waterloo, Belgium, several years ago 😊

Really well done if you have already figured out Ask-Johannes’ favourite whole number, A.

In case you might be pondering the matter a little more, you can see that smiling Sigurd August wants to offer a helping hand! So, let’s now introduce his own favourite whole number, S…

Given what has already been told, if I also tell you that S*(A+1) = 300, then you could now know the precise values of A and of S.

Have you got ’em?!

OK, let’s bring ourselves right up to date by revealing that A=74 and S=4.

Check: 74*(100-74)=1924, quite early in the 20th century, and 4*(74+1)=300, as required.

Princess Vilja is so kind that she’ll surely forgive me for keeping her waiting a wee bit by not using the good rule of ‘ladies before gentlemen’ on this occasion. I do use it almost every day when queueing for lunch at the beautiful Musica Mundi School; I like for ladies and girls to go before me in the line, even if the ‘queue’ is mostly pretty short.

Today, though, already knowing Vilja’s brothers’ favourite numbers (4 and 74) will enable you to easily figure out Princess Vilja’s favourite number in a moment…That’s because not only does Vilja’s favourite whole number, V, equal the total of her mum’s two favourite whole numbers, Y1 and Y2, but also A + S + V + Y1 + Y2 = 100 exactly!

Congratulations for realising that, since V = Y1 + Y2, the value of V must be (100 – 4 – 74) ÷ 2 = 11 😊

Now we also know that the sum of Y1 and Y2 is 11 because V=11, but what exactly are Yngvild’s favourite two numbers, Y1 and Y2?

I will simply announce directly that Y1=3 and Y2=8, because we still have a special, quite remarkable, surprise in store for the lovely Norwegian friends…

As this is Blog Post #120, let’s make a set of four numbers 1, 3, 8 and 120 for my 1st friends in Kolbotn. I’m going to say, “Pick any two different numbers from 1, 3, 8 and 120. Multiply the two numbers together. Now add 1, because you’re all #1 in God’s eyes.”

The above sequence of steps could have given you any of these six possible results:

1 x 3 + 1 = 4

1 x 8 + 1 = 9

1 x 120 + 1 = 121

3 x 8 + 1 = 25

3 x 120 + 1 = 361

8 x 120 + 1 = 961.

The remarkable thing is that every single one of those results is a perfect square number!

4=2 squared; 9=3 squared; 121=11 squared; 25=5 squared; 361=19 squared; 961=31 squared 😊

I think there might be at least four smiles that big in Norway tonight!
Merry Christmas, dear friends! ♥

Since Vilja, Ask-Johannes and Sigurd August all enjoy chess, let’s conclude with a position in which it’s White to play and force checkmate in just 3 moves.

For Vilja, Ask-Johannes, Sigurd August and all keen chess fans:
It’s White to play and force checkmate in only 3 moves 😊😊😊

I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year coming soon.

With love and kindest wishes,

Paul M😊twani xxx

There are many reasons for why 3 is my favourite number
Have a Blessed Christmas

P.S. Well done for finding the chess solution 1 Nf6+! Kf8 (or 1…Kh8 2 g7# or 1…Bxf6 2 Re8#) 2 g7+ Kf7 3 g8=Q#, checkmate!

P.P.S. I also want to most sincerely wish a happy birthday tomorrow to another Norwegian friend whom I am often thinking of, too ♥

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.

2 thoughts on “Blog Post #120: Prepare Your Heart ♥”

    1. Dear Vilja,
      Thank you for sending such a kind message. I am very glad that your family enjoyed the article so much.
      I wish you all a really blessed, joyful Christmas and a happy new year coming soon, too.
      With kindest wishes as always,
      Mr. M😊.

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