Blog Post #129: Happy Rainbows ♥😊😊♥

Dear Readers,

Thinking back more than 40 years to my high-school days in Dundee, Scotland, one of my jolly friends there was nicknamed ‘Happy’, and that’s exactly how he has always been to me and, I believe, to everyone who knows him. I received a very kind message from ‘Happy’ last month when I turned 60, and he sent another lovely message to wish Jenny and myself a happy 27th wedding anniversary yesterday ♥😊😊♥

Jenny & Paul’s Wedding Day, 27 years ago ♥😊😊♥

One of my favourite, beautiful word facts is that I was born makes rainbows, and now I like to think of S.M.I.L.E.S. as standing for Sixty May I Love Everyone Sincerely. A couple of my favourite sayings are, “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours” and “Your smile is a signature of God on your face.”

Photo of Paul taken by Jenny yesterday evening inside our favourite Kinepolis cinema!😊

Smiles could be seen everywhere at Musica Mundi School last week, as the leaders, teachers, staff, students, parents and many other dedicated supporters helped the school to complete its fourth wonderful year, so far.

I have a fresh puzzle for you, inspired by the nice photo below…

Paul with two great colleagues and a super student at Musica Mundi School 😊😊😊😊

Imagine that the four of us in the photo are thinking of positive whole numbers with the following special properties:-

The two ladies are thinking of the same number as each other;

the student is thinking of the largest number of any of us;

my number is the exact average (or ‘arithmetic mean’) of all of our numbers;

and now the most revealing, key fact: the sum obtained by adding up the four numbers exactly equals the product obtained by multiplying the four numbers together!

Your fun challenge is to figure out exactly what numbers each of the four of us must be thinking of to fit the wee ‘Maths st😊ry’.

The magical photo below by Erika Sziva encourages good, deep thinking…

A magical moment captured beautifully in this photo by Erika Sziva ♥😊♥

In between my 60th birthday and 27th wedding anniversary, Jenny and I went for a weekend to celebrate with friends living in a Dutch village with the perfect name: it’s called Best! Our dear friends there are literally NEAR, as their names are Nico, Erika, Alex & Robert 😊😊😊😊

Nico gave me a T-shirt with some amazingly creative mathematical expressions printed on it!

60th birthday T-shirt to Paul from Nico ♥😊♥

Erika and Robert now have two terrific chess sites. Their first one is http://www.debestezet.nl

and, since February 2022, they’re also running http://www.raindroptime.com.

Robert and Erika’s sites are a treasure trove for chess boards, pieces, books, computers, software and delightful gift items such as chess socks, T-shirts, ties, cufflinks, pin badges, bracelets, keyrings and USB storage in the form of a chess king. You’ll also find some goodies relating to the game of draughts. Robert (an IT expert) & Erika (a WGM=Woman Chess Grandmaster) are renowned for their very fast, efficient and friendly service.

Let’s round off this article with a lovely chess puzzle.

Place an invisible white knight somewhere on the board so that it will
then be White to play and force checkmate in four moves ♥😊😊♥

The most important thing I have learned in my life is that God loves us all.

I wish you a very happy day now.

Paul M😊twani ♥ xxx

P.S. = Puzzle Solutions

In the number puzzle, 1 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 8 = 1 x 1 x 2 x 4.

The ladies thought of 1; the student thought of 4; I thought of 2.

In the chess puzzle, white’s invisible knight is NOT on c5, because then checkmate could be forced too quickly with 1 Qe6+ Ke8 2 Qg8#;

rather, the invisible knight is on g7, which leads to

The forced checkmate in 4 moves is 1 Qe6+ Kf8 2 Nh5+ Ke8 3 Nf6+ Kd8 4 Qg8# ♥

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 😊!

SUPER-FUN BRAINTEASER ABOUT ANUURAI’S BIRTHDAY ♥😊♥

  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 ♥😊♥

B😊NUS PERS😊NAL W😊RD PUZZLE

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.

Blog Post #126: For Rooney, Claire, Sheila, Cansu, Jonathan, Erika, Robert, Andrée & other dear friends: may you all have very happy memories, birthdays or anniversaries this May ♥😊♥

Dear Readers,

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.

For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels,
and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Matthew 16:27

Knowing the lovely tradition of dedicating the month of May to Our Lady, Mary, this is a perfect time to recall the following prayer:

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death

Amen.
Our Lady Mary’s beautiful month of May ♥
Continue reading “Blog Post #126: For Rooney, Claire, Sheila, Cansu, Jonathan, Erika, Robert, Andrée & other dear friends: may you all have very happy memories, birthdays or anniversaries this May ♥😊♥”

Blog Post #125: Happy Easter and happy birthday, Super Sigurd ♥

Dear Readers,

My family and I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter and, particularly for young Super Sigurd, a really happy birthday today, too ♥

Happy birthday to Super Sigurd, the youngest of three children
in a lovely Norwegian family that are dear friends of mine ♥

Vilja, Ask-Johannes and Sigurd all love puzzles, and today we’ve got a full feast for them ♥

We’re sending love and big hugs to you ♥♥♥
If you’re on top form, you’ll breeze through today’s brainteasers! 😊😊😊

SUPER Word Puzzle!

‘SUPER’ is quite a special word because if we repeat any one of its five letters, we can, in each case, rearrange the resulting letters to make proper six-letter English words.

For example, SUPERR can be rearranged to make PURSER.

Your fun word puzzle is to rearrange each of

SUPERS

SUPERU

SUPERP

&

SUPERE

to make proper six-letter English words.

SUPER Number Puzzles!!

The number puzzles will involve a special focus on the decimal number 14.4, in honour of Super Sigurd’s birthday on 14 April today ♥

Let’s also quickly check, here in Blog Post #125, that everyone is comfortable with the mathematical meanings of ‘cube root’ and ‘square root’.

The square root of 25 is 5 because 5 x 5 = 25.

The cube root of 125 is 5 because 5 x 5 x 5 = 125.

  1. I am now thinking of a specific whole number, N. It’s the day number in November of Vilja’s birthday. It’s also the age that Ask-Johannes will be on his birthday this year. Remarkably, the cube root of (14.4 x N) is a whole number. Exactly what number is N ?

2. I am now thinking of another specific whole number, S. It’s the last two digits of the year in which Super Sigurd was born. Remarkably, the square root of (14.4 x S) is the new age that Sigurd is on his birthday today! Exactly what number is S ?

SUPER Chess Puzzle!

As Sigurd’s favourite number is 4, enjoy solving the following chess puzzle in which it’s White to play and force checkmate in 4 moves.

It’s White to play and force checkmate in 4 moves.

I will round off by again wishing everyone a very happy Easter ♥♥♥

With kindest wishes as always,

Paul Motwani xxx

P.S. = Puzzle Solutions!

SUPERS→PURSES

SUPERU→PURSUE

SUPERP→SUPPER or UPPERS

SUPERE→PERUSE, PUREES or RUPEES

  1. N = 15. Then 14.4 x N = 14.4 x 15 = 216, and the cube root is the whole number 6 because 6 x 6 x 6 = 216.
  2. S = 10. Then 14.4 x S = 14.4 x 10 = 144, and the square root is the whole number 12 because 12 x 12 = 144. Super Sigurd was born on 14.4.2010 and is now 12 today. Happy birthday again, dear Sigurd ♥

In the chess puzzle, White forces mate with 1 Rxe8+ Kh7 2 h5! gxh5 3 g6+ Kh6 4 Rh8#.

If Black instead promotes either the c-pawn or the d-pawn at move 2 in the line given above, then White responds with 3 hxg6#, checkmate!

Blog Post #124: Peaceful Ways ♥

Dear Readers,

I wanted to share a couple of Bible verses which are short yet remain always extremely important and helpful.

During her life on Earth, my mother’s many very precious gifts to me included two books about Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), who was canonised as St. Teresa of Calcutta in 2016. The following image is one of my absolute favourites.

“Peace begins with a smile.”
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

For me, the peacefulness and beauty that I also find in puzzles featuring Chess, Mathematics or gentle words, for example, make them all interesting and appealing, too.

A GOOD WORD PUZZLE

From the word GENTLE, remove two letters which are a standard abbreviation for ‘for example’. Use the remaining four letters to make a proper 4-letter English word which is timely now.

Lent is a perfect time to become more peaceful for good ♥

A BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS PUZZLE

Happy Birthday, Natasha! ♥

To celebrate the birthday today of Natasha, a friend of mine, I offer this puzzle here in Blog Post #124: If I calculate the sum of Natasha’s new age now and her age n years ago, then multiply by n, the final result is 124.

What is Natasha’s age now, and what is the value of the whole number n?

A WONDERFUL CHESS PUZZLE FROM AUSTRIA

Composed by A.Wotawa; White is to play and win

A FUN MIND-READING PUZZLE!!

I am imagining five Queen Anne’s…

Anne I

Anne II

Anne III

Anne IV

Anne V

Which particular one holds the key to where the Musica Mundi School leaders and students have gone on a 4-day school trip?

Peaceful Beauty ♥

Wishing everyone more peace and love,

Paul Motwani xxx

P.S. = Puzzle Solutions!

  1. Remove e.g. from ‘gentle’ and rearrange the remaining letters to make LENT.
  2. n=2. Two years ago, Natasha was 30; today she’s 32. The unique solution is (32 + 30) x 2 = 124.
  3. The main line of the chess puzzle goes 1 Re3 b2 2 Bf5 gxf5 3 Rb5 Rxb5 4 Re6!! fxe6 5 g6 e1=Q 6 g7+ Kh7 7 g8=Q+Kh6 8 Qg7#, checkmate!
  4. If Anne IV turns around, we see that she’s in VIENNA! ♥
Dove of Peace and Love ♥

Blog Post #123: A Wish Come True ♥

Dear Readers,

If I didn’t actually know the name of the remarkable boy in the photo below, then I might need a very large dose of luck to guess his name correctly, or I might just need to ask! A funny thing is that, if you simply remove the repeated letters in LUCK ASK, you’ll find the nice name directly ♥

A unique puzzle is coming in honour of Lucas 😊

Exactly two weeks ago, Lucas (the son of Laetitia, one of the great chefs at Musica Mundi School) came up to me at lunchtime to specially tell me that he loves Maths ♥

Every day since then, I have been pondering many ideas for creating a unique puzzle in honour of Lucas…and here today the wish is happily coming true 😊

The puzzle goes like this…I am thinking of three different one-digit whole numbers which are not all odd! The smallest one is Lucas’ favourite number; the largest one is Lucas’ age; the other number is one that I have a close bond with.

If I multiply the three numbers together, the result is a three-digit palindromic number which reads the same from left to right or from right to left.

Your fun challenge is to figure out Lucas’ age, his favourite number, and my mystery number!

I intend to publish the answers within a couple of weeks from now, and in the meantime I wish you lots of happiness in all that you do ♥

With kindest wishes as always,

Paul M😊twani xxx

P.S. = Puzzle Solution!

Lucas is 9, his favourite number is 4, and my mystery number was 7.

9 x 4 x 7 = 252, an even palindromic number.

Blog Post #122: A Lamp and a Light ♥

Dear Readers,

As a nice, wee warm-up challenge, rearrange the letters of the plural word ‘LAMPS’ to make a singular word. Congratulations for getting ‘PSALM’, and you may like to know that that little puzzle–and indeed this article–was inspired by the beautiful Bible Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” No matter what answers I might be looking for, they are always to be found in God’s perfect Word within The Bible.

I am due to turn 60 later this year, while one of my sisters has her birthday today. What total should we get if we add her new age now to the two-digit number located at the end of the (four-digit) year when she was born?

You could rightly assume that my sister was born in a 20th century year and then, no matter which year I mean, its two-digit end part + my sister’s age now will always give 122, perfect for today’s blog post 😊.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful happy birthday, dear little sister xxx ♥
White and Black each have one invisible minor piece,
of the same type, located somewhere on the d-file.
Then, it’s either Black to move and force checkmate in two moves,
or it’s White to move and force checkmate in three moves.
This delightful chess puzzle is from a real game that was played in 2012 😊.

Have fun solving it…before checking answers…

just down below!

Black wins with 1…Qxf2+ 2 Kh1 Qg1# or

White wins with 1 Rf7+ Kg8 2 Re7+! K moves 3 Rcxe8#, checkmate!

I would like to round off now by wishing everyone a very happy weekend.

With kindest wishes as always,

Paul M😊twani xxx

Psalm 119:105–“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

Blog Post #121: Sure Way Home ♥♥♥

Dear Readers,

Many years ago, during a show within the theatre of my previous school, the delightful song ‘Three is a Magic Number’ started playing, and suddenly hundreds of smiling people looked directly at me because practically everyone there knew that 3 is my absolute favourite number! (A new version of the song plays near the end of ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’.)

I might have been thinking about it less often when I was a child…

A very happy three 😊😊😊

…but now there are honestly lots of reasons for my love of three, and the following lovely pictures do show some of them:-

A photo from 11 years 4 months & 4 days ago = 4144 days ago;
SUCH TIME ON EARTH IS LIKE A MOMENT OUT OF JOYFUL ETERNITY SURE TO COME ♥♥♥
BIBLE VERSE MATTHEW 1:21 ALWAYS GIVES GREAT COMFORT
(& it’s a reassuring reminder here in Blog Post #121),
SO WE CAN LIVE WITH FULLY JUSTIFIED HOPE, JOY & PEACE THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES

Another favourite photo is the following stunning view of the French Alps that people shared via Facebook recently.

What thoughts come to your mind when you see this magnificent picture?
Personally, I think of our journey on Earth leading to Heaven.
It need not be feared. With trust in God, every step can be enjoyed gratefully.
That’s the sure way home.

My current house number is 11. Three fun facts involving it are:-

11 squared = 121, the palindromic number of this particular blog post

121 is the smallest 3-digit number which has exactly three factors: 1, 11 and 121; that happens because it’s the square of a prime number

11 cubed (or 11 raised to the power of 3) equals 1331,

another pretty palindrome 😊😊😊

Thinking of Home in another dimension

It’s time for a quick, wee word puzzle… Rearrange the letters of TURN THE KEY to make THEN + the six-letter name of a beautiful country.

Istanbul, the largest city in TURKEY 😊

The beautiful Musica Mundi School (where I work as the Mathematics Teacher) is currently blessed with 7 lovely Turkish students. One of them is Cansu, who easily solved a little Christmas puzzle that kind friends first shared with me before I shared it with others, too.

The three trees are similar yet different for now.
 
I am going to move just one single number from one tree to another tree.
 
Can you read my mind and tell me which number I’ll move to which tree, and why?

My youngest, 15-year-old niece (in England) and my cousin Anne (in Scotland) both thought of moving number 9 to the first tree, after which the sum of the numbers on each tree will be exactly 15.

Cansu no less creatively thought of just moving 8 to the first tree, after which the individual tree sums would come to 14, 15 and 16, forming a nice sequence of consecutive numbers.

Now imagine that we wanted to have more than three trees. We’ll still be using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 just once each.

How can the numbers be distributed such that the total on each tree is equal, using as many trees as possible?

Still thinking about my colleagues and my students, I would like to wish very bright ☼ happy birthdays to Norea (for this past Thursday), Mila (yesterday), Andrea (today) and Headmaster Herman for tomorrow ♥.

PROVERBS 23:7–“As You Think, So You Are” ♥

I know lots of people who love a good chess puzzle, and so let’s enjoy the following…

White has an invisible pawn somewhere on the f-file.
Where exactly should it be placed so that it will then be
Black to move and force checkmate in just 3 moves?

I would like to conclude now by wishing everyone a very blessed, joyful Christmas and a happy new year coming soon, too.

The best teacher of all opened hearts with His perfect love ♥♥♥

With kindest wishes as always,

Paul M😊twani xxx

P.S. In the chess puzzle, White’s invisible pawn is on f3, and Black forces checkmate with 1…Rf4+! 2 gxf4 Qh4+ 3 Kf5 Qxf4#, a beautiful finish!

In the ‘maximum number of trees’ puzzle, the answer is to have five trees with these numbers on them: 1 & 8; 2 & 7; 3 & 6; 4 & 5; 9. In that way, the total sum on each tree equals nine.

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 ♥

Blog Post #119: Love Whispers So Our Hearts Can Sing

Dear Readers,

“Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back” are deeply moving words from Plato…but the perfect heart of God is whispering lovingly to us. When we take the time to turn down the busyness and distracting noise of the world, then we can hear God whispering tenderly to guide us gently along the paths that He knows will ultimately lead us safely and joyfully home, to Heaven. This Advent is the perfect time to pause well, to listen, to hear and respond to God’s personal call to each of us.

Let Our Hearts Sing Together With Thanks To God ♥ ♪ 😊 ♪ ♥

“Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving”–Psalm 147:7

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord”–Ephesians 5:19

“I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise, I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp”–Psalm 49:4, The Message Bible.

I know that I am really blessed to be teaching Mathematics in the beautiful Musica Mundi School. So, here in Blog Post #119 exactly 19 days before Christmas, I offer a selection of fresh riddles for everyone’s enjoyment.

  1. Rearrange the letters of WISE + HARP to make A + a proper 7-letter word.
A Modern Harp has 47 strings & 7 pedals and is shaped somewhat like a number 7 😊

Congratulations for discovering that WISE + HARP = A + WHISPER !

2. The prime number 7 equals 3 squared – 2

and the prime number 47 equals 7 squared – 2.

What is the smallest positive whole number that is 2 less than the square of an odd number but is NOT prime?

A photo from 47 years ago.

3. Think of the oldest type of woodwind instrument. Remove its first letter. You now have a different musical instrument! Which one is it?

FLUTE – F = LUTE ! 😊

Here in this blog post, it’s nice that 119 is the answer to the second puzzle, above. 11 squared – 2 = 121 – 2 =119. It might plausibly ‘look’ prime at first sight, but it’s actually a composite number since 119 = 7 x 17.

4. Q: How can you get the most beautiful music ever?

A: Compose it!

Q: Make a proper nine-letter word using all the letters of COMPOSE IT.

A: 119 is a clue; it’s COMPOSITE! 😊

5. Can I rely on you to think of a musical instrument that is an anagram of RELY !?

The LYRE is a lovely instrument 😊

I would like to round off now by wishing everyone a very happy period of Advent leading to a joyful Christmas coming soon.

With kindest wishes as always,

Paul M😊twani xxx

Michael wrote down the total number of dots on all the faces of the dice except for the bottom. I wrote down the total number of dots on just the top and bottom faces. What is the correct result for Michael’s number multiplied by my number?
Congratulations for figuring out 17 x 7 = 119, a fun finish to Blog Post #119 😊