CM Magazine: The Little Math Puzzle Contest

CM April 26, 1996. Vol II, Number 28

 The Little Math Puzzle Contest

The Little Math Puzzle Contest

Man seeks order and pattern in all things
Be ready to change your paradigm.

Puzzle #32

What is the next number in this pattern?

679, 378, 168, 48, 32, ______

Send your response by 8:00 a.m., Friday, May 3 to:

(Any suggestions for puzzles will be happily received!)

Puzzle #30 asked:

Going through the alphabet all of these letters have a property in common.

What are the two remaining letters also having this property?

A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, ___, ___

The answer to Puzzle #30 is:

X and Y because they have an axis of vertical symmetry or look the same in the mirror.

Thank you to Nicholas Gould in Miss Smollett's Grade 5 class L.E.Reinsborough School - Dalhousie, New Brunswick.

The Winners -- Solvers of Puzzle #29

  1. Brad Webb - Gr.4 Stanley Elementary - Stanley, N.B.
  2. Dan Brown, Lisa Canning, Natalie Masluk, Peter Nicolichuk, Jack Bangay, Lori Wollaston - Grade 6 Sam Sherratt School - Milton, Ontario
  3. David Belanger, age 10. St. Michael's School - Belleville, ON
  4. Shannon Carruthers - grade 10. AY Jackson School - Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario
  5. Greg Hart - Grade Six. Lakeview School - AB
  6. Gr. 5 Mrs. Seamans. Lakefield E.S. - Quispamsis, N.B.
  7. Cynthia O'Connell, Jennifer Reid - Mrs CaplinGr. 6A . L E R School - Dalhousie, N.B.
  9. Mrs. G's Sensational Sixes. Sun Valley School. Winnipeg, MB
  10. Bryan Cassidy Grade 6EL & Mrs. Munro's Grade 5 class 5M. Bonnycastle School - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  11. Mr. Cameron's Grade Five Math Class. Sturgis Elementary School - Sturgis, SK.
  12. Jeremy Layden and Ryan Smid (joint), Reece Peters, Grade 4. Piper Creek School, Red Deer AB

And from another creative point of view consider this

answer X and Z

From A to H is 8 . . . From H to I is 1 . . . From I to M is 4, etc.
From W to X is 1 and from X to Z is 2 adding up to 26 -- the number of letters in the alphabet

  1. Brittany Hilke & Sheryl Saliba - Mrs. Seltzer's fourth grade. Indian Lakes Elementary School - Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.

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