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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 41

Puzzle IconBelow is a list of letters, these letters can all be used to spell a well known sequence, which may not be finite.

For example, if the sequence was Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the list of letters would be aaeehhjkklmmnorttuw.

acdefhiilmnoorty

[Ref: ZZZI] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 42

The local CD shop operates an unusual discount policy. The discount on the next purchase is worked out on the current purchase in the following way: for every whole pound spent you get 0.5% discount on the next purchase. For example, if you purchased £8.99 on the first purchase, you would then get a 4% discount on the next purchase and so on. You can make as many purchases as necessary.

You need to buy 7 CDs, costing, £11.50, £12.00, £12.00, £12.50, £13.00, £13.00 and £14.50 - what is the cheapest method of buying them?

[Ref: ZNQV] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 43

The beginning of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?

Qdne gnpn hyq ptmxgte admxipnh qy rnumh gmqd. M iyh'q cwjjycn qdne dti nonp qdywudq trywq ptmxgtec nbanjq tc t vnthc yl unqqmhu qy Vtcznxehn thi Ayyz'c, qdn Jthqyvmvn, Syyxyumatx Utpinhc, thi Vtitvn Qwcctwi'c. Qdne gnpn kwcq ypimhtpe cwrwprth admxipnh, thi qdne xmoni gmqd qdnmp Ltqdnp thi Vyqdnp mh th ypimhtpe pni-rpmaz-lpyhqni omxxt, gmqd ayxywpni uxtcc mh qdn lpyhq iyyp, t qmxni jtcctun qdtq gtc atxxni t dtxx, t rtqd-pyyv gmqd dyq thi ayxi gtqnp, nxnaqpma rnxxc, Lpnhad gmhiygc, thi t uyyi intx yl gdmqn jtmhq, thi 'nonpe vyinph ayhonhmnhan', tc qdn dywcn-tunhqc cte.

[Ref: ZLLI] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 44

How far do you have to travel to reach the North Pole, if you start from the equator and always head North West?

[Ref: ZRDG]

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