# Puzzles

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#### Sunday Afternoon Maths LXVI

Cryptic crossnumber #2#### Sunday Afternoon Maths LXV

Cryptic crossnumber #1Breaking Chocolate

Square and cube endings

#### Sunday Afternoon Maths LXIV

Equal lengthsDigitless factor

Backwards fours

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Is it equilateral?Cube multiples

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The picture below shows two copies of the same rectangle with red and blue lines. The blue line visits the midpoint of the opposite side. The lengths shown in red and blue are of equal length.

What is the ratio of the sides of the rectangle?

## Is it equilateral?

Source: Chalkdust issue 07

In the diagram below, \(ABDC\) is a square. Angles \(ACE\) and \(BDE\) are both 75°.

Is triangle \(ABE\) equilateral? Why/why not?

## Bending a straw

Two points along a drinking straw are picked at random. The straw is then bent at these points. What is the probability that the two ends meet up to make a triangle?

## Placing plates

Two players take turns placing identical plates on a square table. The player who is first to be unable to place a plate loses. Which player wins?

## 20 December

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about different ways to prove Pythagoras' theorem. Today's puzzle uses Pythagoras' theorem.

Start with a line of length 2. Draw a line of length 17 perpendicular to it. Connect the ends to make a right-angled triangle.
The length of the hypotenuse of this triangle will be a non-integer.

Draw a line of length 17 perpendicular to the hypotenuse and make another right-angled triangle. Again the new hypotenuse will have a non-integer length.
Repeat this until you get a hypotenuse of integer length. What is the length of this hypotenuse?

## 17 December

The number of degrees in one internal angle of a regular polygon with 360 sides.

## 3 December

What is the volume of the smallest cube inside which a rectangular-based pyramid of volume 266 will fit?

## 2 December

What is the maximum number of lines that can be formed by the intersection
of 30 planes?