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This week's Friday Puzzle

How many hexagons are in the diagram?


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Friday Puzzle (30/11/2018)

Three congruent squares overlap as shown.

overlapping squares

The areas of the three overlapping sections are 3 cm2, 9 cm2 and 14 cm2 respectively.

The total area of the non-overlapping parts of the squares is 140 cm2.

What is the side-length of each square?

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Friday Puzzle (23/11/2018)

Each of the touching semicircles has a radius of 2 cm.

five semicircles

What is the length of the perimeter of the green area in terms of π?

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Friday Puzzle (16/11/2018)

Use the digits contained in 4096, to make 4096.
Each digit can be used only once and any
mathematical symbols and operations can be used.

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Friday Puzzle (09/11/2018)

A triangle sits perfectly on top of a square.

triangle and square

The triangle and square have the same perimeter.

What is the ratio of the perimeter of the irregular pentagon

(formed by the square and triangle) to the perimeter of the square?

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Friday Puzzle (02/11/2018)

My new TV screen has sides in the ratio of 16:9.

My old TV screen had sides in the ratio of 4:3.

tv screens

A picture that fills my new TV fills the width of my old TV, but not the height.

What fraction of my old TV’s screen is not covered?

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Friday Puzzle (26/10/2018)

I invent the new dartboard shown.


I throw two darts at it and both hit the target.

I score the number of points shown in each region.

How many different totals can I score?

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Friday Puzzle (19/10/2018)

The large square is split into four congruent squares.

Two squares have smaller squares inside them formed by joining the midpoints of the sides.

4 squares

What fraction of the large square is shaded?


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Friday Puzzle (12/10/2018)

A square is split into nine identical squares. Each sides has a  length of one unit.

Circles are inscribed in two of these squares, as shown.


What is the shortest distance between the two circles?

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Friday Puzzle (05/10/2018)

I have a lock with a three-digit code.

I know all the digits of the code are different and that if I divide the second digit by the third and then square my answer, I will get the first digit.

There are different possible codes.

What is the difference between the largest and smallest possible codes?

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