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Maths Puzzles


Difficulty: Easy

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Puzzle 1

CalculatorA fire engine was rushing to a small fire, 15 miles away.

The fire engine set out with 120 gallons of water, however, the water tank had a leak and the fire engine was losing water at the rate of 2 gallons per minute.

The fire engine travelled at a constant 30 miles per hour.

The fire required 50 gallons of water - did the fire engine have enough water when it arrived?

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[Ref: ZQQW] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: Easy

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Puzzle 2

CalculatorAlan's son Daniel, is exactly one fifth of Alan's age.

In 21 years time, Alan will be exactly twice Daniel's age.

Betty's is exactly seven times the age of her daughter, Jessica.

In 8 years time, Betty will be three times the age of Jessica.

How old are Daniel and Jessica now?

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[Ref: ZQZZ] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: Easy

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Puzzle 3

Complete this grid with the digits 1 to 6 to make the sum correct.

Perform each mathematical operation in the order shown, from left to right, e.g. 1 + 2 x 3 is treated as (1 + 2) x 3 = 9.

Note: there is no ÷ 1, and at no point is a decimal or fraction used.

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[Ref: ZXLN] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: Easy

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Puzzle 4

CalculatorWithin the BrainBashers school, the science department has three disciplines.

In total, 280 students study chemistry, 254 students study physics and 280 students study biology.

97 students study both chemistry and physics, 138 students study both physics and biology, 152 students study both chemistry and biology.

73 students study all three disciplines.

Can you determine how many students there are in the science department? The answer is well below 814.

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[Ref: ZZYU] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: Medium

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Puzzle 5

What value of * makes the following correct:

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[Ref: ZWPF] © Kevin Stone 


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