Blog Post #91: Unforgettable Memories!

Dear Readers,

Just a few days ago, I received a lovely surprise message from Bob Mitchell, a Scottish chess friend whom I haven’t seen for very many years. I remembered Bob immediately, as he was always friendly and funny as well as being a talented, attacking chess player. The descriptive words FUN BATTLE GOER come quickly to mind!

Here’s a sneaky word puzzle in Bob’s honour: rearrange the letters of

FUN BATTLE GOER

to make a proper 13-letter English word which also describes Bob!

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Blog Post #90: A Thousand Years

Dear Readers,

Until yesterday, I had different ideas about what blog post #90 might be, but I know from The Bible and from personal experience that “…with The Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

As you may already know from blog post #89 posted two days ago, very nice Norwegian friends of mine will today be celebrating the birthday of Yngvild, the mum in their family. So, today’s article here is at least partly to give them a lovely, extra surprise!

  1. Let’s start with the number 1021, like going back a thousand years for a moment.
  2. Since my absolute favourite number is three, multiply 1021 by your favourite three-digit whole number !
  3. Multiply by 7, the number of letters in YNGVILD.
  4. Multiply by 13, the total number of letters in HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
  5. Multiply by 11, the total number of letters in GOD BLESS YOU.
  6. Now DIVIDE by your personal, favourite three-digit number that you used in step 2.

Thank you for getting 1022021

to celebrate Yngvild’s birthday today, 10.2.2021 !

Now we have a sneaky second version of the numbers surprise, and this time it’s for YOU and for EVERYONE!!

  1. Let’s again start with the number 1021, like going back a thousand years for a moment.
  2. Since my absolute favourite number is three, multiply 1021 by your favourite three-digit whole number (e.g. by 456).
  3. Multiply by 7, the number of letters in YNGVILD.
  4. Multiply by 13, the total number of letters in HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
  5. Multiply by 11, the total number of letters in GOD BLESS YOU.
  6. Now DIVIDE by 1021.

Hopefully you like seeing your favourite three-digit number repeated in your answer!

Wishing everyone a really happy day now,

Paul Motwani xxx

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Blog Post #89: For A Really Nice Norwegian Family xxx

Dear Readers,

Sometimes I wish that I could personally give a nice present to everyone on their birthday! I do believe that all good and beautiful things will be possible in Heaven, where everything will be infinitely more special than any human mind can imagine now.

Since I try to never take the very precious gift of Time for granted, this particular blog post is coming two days early…before the birthday on Wednesday, 10 February, of Yngvild, the mother in a really nice Norwegian family I know.

When they previously lived in Belgium, I often had the great pleasure of doing Maths &/or Chess with Yngvild’s and Sigve’s three lovely children. They especially liked sneaky bonus surprises, and so let’s have one right now, in advance of Yngvild’s birthday!

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Blog Post #88: 39916800 Surprises for Herman & Others!

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Based on the high number of jokes that I’ve cracked with my students, my colleagues and the school leaders at Musica Mundi School, some of them concluded (correctly) that my wife and my family must be “very courageous” to bear with such humour at home, too!

I was planning to say to Headmaster Herman that I’m only going to teach subtraction from now on because I just want to make a difference, but he’d have to deduct more points from my dossier…though I might be gifted a high-speed, one-way trip to the moon!

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Blog Post #87: Ace Musica Mundi School!

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Some hours ago, I got to enjoy yet another unforgettably beautiful and inspiring concert at Musica Mundi School. Warm congratulations to all the wonderful, hardworking students and the very dedicated teachers who helped to prepare them so well.

Afterwards, I wrote the following bold words (given below), which are not only meant positively and most sincerely, but which also have a very special property. Can you discover precisely what is special about the words…!? (A solution is given at the end of the article.)

Show passion solving!

Dear God,

I begin to really love it there, & I said that!

i.e., ‘Ace, best school prospers. Voila!’

How’s that?

Are there going to be real CDs

e.g. harps, oboes, cellos, pianos, violas & violins?

I’d positively dare it!

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Blog Post #86: For Three Good Friends: Jacques, Peter and Annabel xxx

Dear Readers,

Jacques, Peter and Annabel (three very good colleagues and friends of mine) all featured nicely in Blog Post #85. Through the puzzles there, we learned that their respective best-loved numbers are: 7, 13 and 19.

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Blog Post #85: Orchestral Feeling

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Three of my dear colleagues at the beautiful Musica Mundi School (where I work as the Mathematics teacher) are Peter (the House Father), Annabel (the House Mother) and Jacques Rouvier, one of the great Music instructors.

The ‘Orchestral Feeling’ title of this article was inspired partly by the wonderful way in which the entire adult team at the school cares so well for all the students. It is also a tribute to this heartening, energizing belief of Jacques and many others: If you do what you do with real, true feeling from your mind, heart and soul, then the voice and emotion behind all that you wish to express can impact and move others as if you were speaking with the power of a full orchestra.

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Blog Post #84: Day 21412

Dear Readers,

I am grateful for each moment of every day and, regarding the future, I know that it is always in God’s hands,

but tonight I do have some fun mathematical surprises that I hope to be sharing with more friends tomorrow…One’s life begins, of course, long before the date of birth, but for simplicity, if I count my date of birth (Wednesday 13 June 1962) as my day number 1, then tomorrow (Monday 25 January 2021) will be day number 21412 for me.

I find 21412 to be a rather beautiful palindrome containing the number 141 which has been special on many occasions throughout my life, and since 21 x 4=84 I am all the more happy to be writing about this now in Blog Post #84 !

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Blog Post #83: Magical Duets!

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My house number, 11, is a palindrome; so is 101 or 11 x 11 =121, but what about 11 x 101 x 11? The result 12221 is clearly palindromic, and it’s intended to let you know a very nice date for your diary: exactly three weeks from today, on 12.2.21, you’ll be able to enjoy on YouTube (at 19:30 Central European Time via http://www.musicamundischool.org and clicking on the banner there) a feast of fabulous, musical solo performances featuring many young talents of Musica Mundi School.

I have the pleasure of getting to teach Mathematics to every student who studies the subject at the school, and right now I have some delightful surprises starring Julija and Hoi Yuet.

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Blog Post #82: Terrific Talents!

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With special permission, of course, in today’s blog post I am delighted to be featuring a high five terrific young talents! Four of them are students at Musica Mundi School, and are therefore outstanding young musicians. All of them are also highly capable in Mathematics.

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