Bogglers Solutions

By Scott Kim|Sunday, June 01, 2003


Elementary Equations



1. iron (26) = 4! + √4

2. zirconium (40) = √9!! /(9+9)

3. scandium (21) = (√8 + 8)! - √8 + (8/8)

4. germanium (32) = (9 - 9/9) x (√9 + 9/9)

5. arsenic (33) = 7 x 7 - 7 - 7 - ((7 + 7) / 7)

6. astatine (85) = (8 + 8/8) x (8 + 8/8) + √8 + 8

There may be better solutions using fewer numbers.



Favorite Subjects


1. Brian's favorite topic is ZOOLOGY
The unscrambled words are:
COUGAR
COYOTE
PARROT
ZEBRA
GORILLA


2. Kelly's favorite topic is VAULT - T + CANE + O = VOLCANO

3. Jacob's favorite topic is SQUARE ROOT.



Astronomical Mix-Up



1. The planets and their suns, from coldest to hottest:
Diana — Neutron (coldest)
Persephone — Salanar
Dionysus— Kazul
Apollo — Betelgeuse
Vulcan— Beta Centauri (hottest)

2. The planets and their suns, in order of discovery:
Argus— Heria (first)
Sphinx — Hibrid
Cerberus — Hadesi
Medusa — Gorgone
Hydra— Lernea (last)



Super Series



The missing numbers are shown in red:



You can compute the missing numbers as:




However, there is a more elegant interpretation. Each row describes a regular polygon and its angles. For instance, 6 stands for a hexagon, whose angles add up to 720°. Each corner of a regular hexagon forms a 120° angle, and the exterior angles are 60°, as shown at right.





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