# Sunday Afternoon Maths XXV

**Posted on 2014-08-17**

## Polya strikes out

Write the numbers 1, 2, 3, ... in a row. Strike out every third number beginning with the third. Write down the cumulative sums of what remains:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...

1, 2, ~~3~~, 4, 5, ~~6~~, 7, ...

1, 2, 4, 5, 7, ...

1=1; 1+2=3; 1+2+4=7; 1+2+4+5=12; 1+2+4+5+7=19; ...

1, 3, 7, 12, 19, ...

Now strike out every second number beginning with the second. Write down the cumulative sums of what remains. What is the final sequence? Why do you get this sequence?

## Whist

Messrs. Banker, Dentist, Apothecary and Scrivener played whist last night. (whist is a four player card game where partners sit opposite each other.) Each of these gentlemen is the namesake of another's vocation.

Last night, the apothecary partnered Mr. Apothecary; Mr. Banker's partner was the scrivener; on Mr. Scrivener's right sat the dentist.

Who sat on the banker's left?

If you enjoyed these puzzles, check out Sunday Afternoon Maths LXVII,

puzzles about sums, or a random puzzle.

puzzles about sums, or a random puzzle.