# techdirections May 2017 : Page 30

more than fun Six-Sided Madness How many hexagon shapes, in total, can you find in this puzzle? Clue: There are more than 45. Puzzle devised by © Kevin Stone [www.brainbashers.com] + Here Chick, Chick, Chick A farmer was asked how many chickens he had sold at market that day. His reply was: “I’ve had four customers today, and each bought half of my remaining chickens, plus a half chicken.” The farmer sold all of his chickens at market that day. How many chickens did the farmer sell? Puzzle devised by © Kevin Stone [www.brainbashers.com] Greek Puzzler See if you can cut this Greek cross into four pieces with only two cuts, and then ar-range the four pieces to form a square. Great Place for Frogs! In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half the lake? Puzzle courtesy seemypersonality.com First Things First If you had only one match and you entered a room where there was a kerosene lamp, an oil heater, and some kindling wood, which would you light first? See answers on page 11. “But before you start it up be sure to remove all the numbers and arrows.” Want more puzzles like this? Visit www.techdirections.com/ projectsS.html to purchase General Challenges 1, General Challenges 2, and Math Challenges. Each challenge contains 19-20 puzzles. only $4.95 each we pay $25 for brainteasers and puzzles and $20 for cartoons used on this page. Preferable theme for all submissions is career-technical and STEM education. Send contributions to vanessa@techdirections. com or mail to “More than Fun,” Po Box 8623, Ann Arbor, Mi 48107-8623. 30 tech directions ◆ May 2017

## More Than Fun

Six-Sided Madness

How many hexagon shapes, in total, can you find in this puzzle? Clue: There are more than 45.

Great Place for Frogs!

In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half the lake?

First Things First

If you had only one match and you entered a room where there was a kerosene lamp, an oil heater, and some kindling wood, which would you light first?

Here Chick, Chick, Chick

A farmer was asked how many chickens he had sold at market that day. His reply was:

“I’ve had four customers today, and each bought half of my remaining chickens, plus a half chicken.”

The farmer sold all of his chickens at market that day. How many chickens did the farmer sell?

Greek Puzzler

See if you can cut this Greek cross into four pieces with only two cuts, and then arrange the four pieces to form a square.

“But before you start it up be sure to remove all the numbers and arrows.”

we pay $25 for brainteasers and puzzles and $20 for cartoons used on this page. Preferable theme for all submissions is career-technical and STEM education. Send contributions to vanessa@techdirections. com or mail to “More than Fun,” Po Box 8623, Ann Arbor, Mi 48107- 8623.

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Six-Sided Madness

There are 64 hexagon-type shapes in total—37 single hexagons, 19 hexagons which contain 7 smaller hexagons, 7 hexagons which contain 19 smaller hexagons, and 1 large hexagon which contains all of the smaller hexagons.

Here Chick, Chick, Chick

15 chickens

The first customer bought 15 ÷ 2 + ½ = 8 (leaving 7). The second customer bought 7 ÷ 2 + ½ = 4 (leaving 3). The third customer bought 3 ÷ 2 + ½ = 2 (leaving 1). The last customer bought 1 ÷ 2 + ½ = 1.

The fourth customer can only have bought one chicken, otherwise there would be some chickens left. The third customer bought all but 1, so total - (total ÷ 2 + ½) = 1. This can be solved algebraically or it’s easy to see that the total must have been 3. This method keeps working until we reach the first customer.

Great Place for Frogs!

The patch doubles in size every day and so on the 47th day the patch will be half the size it is on the 48th day.

First things First

You would light the match first.

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