Starting with any number on the top row, make your way to the bottom, adding the numbers as you go.
Each time you go to the next row, you can move straight down, or one place to the left or right.
What is the highest total you can make? What is the lowest?
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Hint: The lowest route contains more 2's than the highest route.
Highest = 24. Lowest = 12.
Last week I travelled from London to Leeds, which is a distance of 174 miles.
I started at 9.15am and completed the journey with an average speed of 40 miles per hour.
On the way back, in the evening, I travelled exactly the same route, starting at 5.15pm. The traffic was light and I completed the journey with an average speed of 60 miles per hour.
What was the overall average speed for round trip?
The answer is not 50 mph.
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Hint: Remember that Time = Distance ÷ Speed, and Speed = Distance ÷ Time.
48 miles per hour.
Time = Distance ÷ Speed
Speed = Distance ÷ Time
The outward journey took 174 miles ÷ 40 mph = 4.35 hours.
The return journey took 174 miles ÷ 60 mph = 2.9 hours.
So I travelled a total of 2 x 174 = 348 miles. I did this in a total of 4.35 + 2.9 = 7.25 hours.
My overall average speed was therefore 348 miles ÷ 7.25 hours = 48 miles per hour.
4 shepherds were watching over their flocks and they were commenting on how many sheep they each had.
If Alex had three more sheep, then they'd have one less sheep than Blake.
Whereas Drew has the same number as the other three shepherds put together.
If Charlie had three less sheep, they'd have exactly treble the number of Alex.
If they were evenly distributed they'd each have eleven sheep.
How man sheep does Alex have?
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Hint: Find how many sheep Drew has first.
If we denote Alex by A, Blake by B, Charlie by C and Drew by D we can find the answer in the following way.
Since A + B + C = D and A + B + C + D = 44, it is easy to see that D has 22 sheep.
So A + B + C = 22.
We can use this along with the two other facts, A + 3 = B - 1 and C - 3 = 3A, to find that A has 3, B has 7, C has 12 and D has 22.
In a little more detail:
A + B + C = 22 (1)
A + 3 = B - 1 (2)
C - 3 = 3A (3)
Rearrange (3) to give C = 3A + 3 and replace the C in (1) to give A + B + 3A + 3 = 22.
Simplified this gives B = 19 - 4A (4).
Rearrange (2) to give B - A = 4.
Use (4) in the place of B to give 19 - 4A - A = 4 to give A = 3.
Now use A to work out B, and then C.
What word can prefix (go before) these letters to make a valid word in each case:
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Hint: The missing word is two letters long.
..ir >> heir
..ad >> head
..lm >> helm
..ed >> heed
..lp >> help