Blog Post #127: For Anuurai, a lovely lady whom I’ve never met!

Dear Readers,

In some ways, this particular article is one of the most unusual and special ones that I have ever had the pleasure of writing 😊! As I’m due to turn 60 on June 13, and my blog site here should have its 5th anniversary the day before then, I had originally thought that I might write something to celebrate those two occasions together. However, tonight I suddenly realised that a lovely lady whom I’ve never met will be 33 later this year on a date that is so unique that it deserves to be celebrated here, several months in advance!! You see, I always endeavour to live in this way: if something good can be done right now, I like to do it without delay, because I never assume that the chance will definitely come again later.

Anuurai, a lovely lady whom I’ve never met,
is a good friend of Keith, a long-time English Chess Grandmaster
friend of mine who sent me the very nice photo 😊!


  1. I will tell you that Anuurai’s birthday occurs A days before 31 December.
  2. Also, Anuurai’s birthday actually occurs well before December!
  3. The number of days from 31 December 2022 until Anuurai’s birthday next year is A x S, where S is a secret whole number that I am thinking of.

Believe it or not, you now have sufficient information given above to be able to figure out Anuurai’s exact date of birth, and the secret number S that I am also thinking of 😊!

I wish you lots of enjoyment with the fun brainteaser about Anuurai, and I intend to publish the solution before I turn 60 !! (Though I could publish a solution right now, in this special instance I have decided to wait a wee bit for people who’d like to try the puzzle without risking seeing any answers too soon down below.)

With very best wishes as always,

Paul M😊twani ♥

P.S. My wife, Jenny, and my son, Michael, and I would all like to wish a really happy birthday to Andrée, a good friend of ours who’s turned 5 x 9 + 5 + 9 = 59 today ♥😊♥

A is for Anuurai, Andrée…& All of us ♥😊♥


Rearrange the letters of ANDREE to make a proper six-letter English word.

Congratulations in advance for finding a solution.

If you find two solutions, then you surely deserve an extra-large piece of the cake!

Finding three solutions would equal the world record!!!

It’s my intention to post answers to Anuurai’s birthday brainteaser and Andrée’s word puzzle together, before my 60th birthday 😊

Dear Friends,

It’s now 13 June 2022 and I have turned 60, very happily 😊

One of the special treats that Jenny and I loved was seeing Andrée during the past weekend. Andrée has a gift for finding good words, and so she would spot quickly that ANDREE can rearrange to ENDEAR or EARNED or NEARED.

It was also a lovely surprise to hear from Anuurai today 😊

Congratulations to all readers who figured out that Anuurai was born on 19 October 1989. Her October 19 birthday is 73 days before 31 December, and 31 December is 4 x 73 = 292 days before the next 19 October (when there’s no leap year 29 February in between). This puzzle made good use of the fact that the normal whole number of days in a complete year is 365 = 5 x 73.

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.

2 thoughts on “Blog Post #127: For Anuurai, a lovely lady whom I’ve never met!”

  1. Dear Paul,

    What a lovely article! Thank you so much, this is the first article someone has written about me too!

    I have also only heard wonderful things about you from Keith, and I very much look forward to meeting you one day..

    I believe that today is a special day…your 60th Birthday, so HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR MO! May your wishes come true and hope you enjoy celebrating your day!

    Sending love and hugs,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dear Anuurai,

      What a lovely message! Thank you very much indeed!

      It would be a great pleasure to meet you with Keith, perhaps at some nice chess event, and in the meantime I wish you really good health and lots of happiness.

      With all best wishes,
      Paul xx

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