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Behind each day (except Christmas Day), there is a puzzle with a three-digit answer. Each of these answers is one clue to a murder mystery logic puzzle, revealing the murderer, motive, location, and weapon. Ten randomly selected people who solve all the puzzles and submit their answers to the murder mystery using the form behind the door on the 25th will win prizes!
Each day's puzzle (and the entry form on Christmas Day) will be available from 5:00am GMT. But as the winners will be selected randomly, there's no need to get up at 5am on Christmas Day this year!
You can find more infomation about this competition, in this blog post.
Who am I?
I am Matthew Scroggs. I like maths.
I have a Master's degree in mathematics from Oxford University and am currently studying for a PhD in Finite Element Methods and Boundary Element Methods at UCL. Between Oxford and UCL, I worked as a maths teacher in a secondary school. You can find more about my work on the academic page.
You can regularly find me at London MathsJam (second last Tuesday of the month), and EMF Camp (every two years). I write the crossnumber (as Humbug), puzzles and articles for Chalkdust Magazine. For more non-work related articles and talks, see the recreational page.
If you would like to reuse any of my content, please get in touch.
This website hosts my blog.
My most recent blog post is Christmas (2016) is Coming!. This and other recent posts are shown above and below.
Most of the posts on the blog are about or involve maths. Highlights of the blog include:
- calculating the cost of filling a World Cup 2014 or a Euro 2016 sticker book
- MENACE: a machine learning robot built from 304 matchboxes
- folding platonic solids from tube maps
- writing your name in the Game of Life
If you're not sure where to start, you could try reading a random article.
You will also find Sunday afternoon maths puzzles.
New puzzles are posted some Sundays, with answers posted on Monday. The most recent collection is Sunday Afternoon Maths LVII. Pictures from recent collections are shown above and below.
Some of my favourite puzzles are:
Again, a random puzzle could be a good place to start.
There is other content here too.