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Since there were 5 teams in the league there were a total of 10 possible games (either way around):
Longton vs Fenton
Longton vs Blurton
Longton vs Hulton
Longton vs Fulton
Fenton vs Blurton
Fenton vs Hulton
Fenton vs Fulton
Blurton vs Hulton
Blurton vs Fulton
Hulton vs Fulton
Since each game distributed 2 points to the two teams there were a total of 20 points available to the league.
The results shown add to 17, leaving the remaining 3 to Fulton.
Puzzle 42
Can you fill the thermometers with mercury, such that the numbers outside the grid indicate how many cells in each row and column contain mercury.
Mercury always starts filling from the bottom of a thermometer and not every thermometer has to contain mercury.
Hint: Tops of thermometers can't be filled unless the bottoms are.
Answer:
Puzzle 43
The other day I was sitting in my local tavern, The Spyglass, which overlooks the sea, when in sailed my old friend the pirate Captain Conan Drum. "Well, shiver me barnacles!" he roared on seeing me. He too is a bit of a puzzle addict and so, after joining me for a glass of milk and telling me about his latest exploits on the high seas, he couldn't resist showing me his latest conundrum.
He reached into one of his jacket pockets and produced seven gleaming £5 coins, which he then proceeded to arrange on the table in front of me exactly as shown below. "Now, me lad." he said, with a mischievous look in his eyes. "I'll wager you'll not be able to solve this one. Take away two coins from this here arrangement to leave five coins across and three coins going down."
It was clear the wily old sea dog still had one or two tricks up his sleeve, as I couldn't for the life of me see how it could be done. Can you see through his skulduggery and solve it?
Answer:
Take away the two coins on the right end of the row of five coins to leave 'five coins, a cross and three coins going down'.
I fell into his trap and misinterpreted what he was actually asking me to do!
Puzzle 44
The surface area of a spherical balloon measured in square inches is the same as its volume, measured in cubic inches. What is the diameter of the balloon?
[Ref: ZEZW]
Hint: The volume of a sphere is (4/3) * Pi * (r^3).
Answer: 6 inches. The surface area of a sphere, of radius r, is 4 * Pi * (r ^ 2) and the volume is (4/3) * Pi * (r^3). Putting these equal and cancelling gives r = 3, which means the diameter is 6 inches.
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