I would like to begin by offering, with most sincere sympathy, kind thoughts and prayers for Rooney, a friend whose sister, Gina, passed on a couple of days ago. I know (from similar personal experiences involving loved ones) that God can grant us gentle comfort through positive, happy memories of the precious times shared with people so close to us. I also believe that we will meet again later in a perfect place that God has prepared for us.
Knowing the lovely tradition of dedicating the month of May to Our Lady, Mary, this is a perfect time to recall the following prayer:
Now I would like to offer very warm wishes this month to everyone, especially to all who may be celebrating a happy anniversary &/or birthday sometime this May. Among my Facebook friends, Laurel, Rafa, Ruben, Sarah and Stefaan all have birthdays today, while José, An and Andrew have their birthdays later this week. If I say that José’s day number is a square number while An and Andrew’s day number equals the number of Sundays this May, then you can deduce that José’s birthday is on 4 May while An and Andrew’s birthdays are on 5 May.
Lots of people are fondly remembered every single day, even if months or years may have passed since our last contact. Now, though, I decided to make something special for several people in Belgium, Scotland, The Netherlands and Luxembourg who are either particularly close friends of my family or are current colleagues or students of mine at Musica Mundi School.
Let’s represent the May day numbers (in increasing order) for the birthdays of my friends Claire, Sheila, Jonathan and Andrée by C, S, J and A respectively.
M is the May birthday day number of Cansu, a talented young mathematician at Musica Mundi School.
You are given the following:-
- Claire, Jonathan and Andrée have their birthdays in different weeks, but on the same day of the week (all either M, T, W, Th., F, Sa. or Su.; the same day as each other).
- The product C x J x A = J x A, and J x A is the largest that it can then be.
- The sums C + S + J + A and C + S + M are both whole number powers of 2, but only one of them is a square number.
Your fun warm-up puzzle is to figure out the exact day numbers in May when Claire, Sheila, Cansu, Jonathan and Andrée have their birthdays 😊 ♥
My youngest sister and her husband (my brother-in-law) have their wedding anniversary in May on the birthday of my brother-in-law, who is in his 50s. Suppose that his new age will be N; my sister’s favourite prime number is F; the total number of people in their family is T, also a prime number.
Here in Blog Post #126, I like the fact that the quotient 126 ÷ F is a whole number, and it’s exactly equal to (N+1) ÷ T.
Your fun numbers challenge is to figure out the exact values of F, N and T 😊 ♥
A funny word puzzle is this one: rearrange the letters IS NO EASY MAN to make a proper 11-letter word beginning with MAY… 😊😊
Jonathan is a very fine Scottish chess player with lots of experience in international events. His wife, Keti, is an International Grandmaster. In the following puzzle position, Keti is White to play and force checkmate in 4 moves.
For top-quality chess sets, boards, books, computers, software and lots of other chess-related goodies, a terrific shop with many years of providing excellent service to all its customers is De Beste Zet located in the Dutch town of Best. It’s run by Woman Grandmaster Erika Sziva and her husband, Robert Klomp. A feast of helpful information can be found easily on their site, http://www.debestezet.nl.
Erika & Robert have their 5th wedding anniversary coming soon, on 26 May. Here in Blog Post # (100+26), I can’t resist noting that 26 is a very special number because it’s the only positive whole number to be located directly between a square number and a cube number: 26 = 5 squared + 1 and 26 = 3 cubed – 1.
From the names Rooney, Claire, Sheila, Cansu, Jonathan, Keti, Erika, Robert and Andrée, suppose that you can choose to write down any five of them. Do you know exactly how many different selections of five names are possible then?
This is honestly no joke…here in Blog Post #126…
the answer is…
126 !!! ♥😊♥
I would like to round off by wishing everyone a very blessed Sunday now, and a happy month of May.
With kindest wishes as always,
Paul M😊twani xxx ♥
P.S. = Puzzle Solutions
Claire, Sheila, Cansu, Jonathan and Andrée have their birthdays
on May 1, 12, 19, 22 and 29 respectively.
Happy birthday t😊day for Claire Oppert, Musica Mundi School’s expert cello teacher.
126 ÷ 7 = 18 = (53 + 1) ÷ 3.
F = 7; N = 53; T = 3.
IS NO EASY MAN
rearranges to make
In the chess game K.Arakhamia-Grant vs. N.Eremina, Minsk 1986, White won with 1 Qd6+! Kxb6 2 Be3+ Kb5 3 b3!
…after which Black could not prevent all five of the threatened mates Qc5#/Qd5#/Qd3#/Rd5#/a4# !!