Category Archives: Counting

On the first day of Christmas…


1) On the first day of Christmas**/*****
On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me:
On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

Thus go the first two couplets of a traditional Christmas song. Question is:
Haw many things did my true love give me over these 12 days? (counting the partridge in the pear tree as one item)

You can check your solutions here

2) On the second day of Christmas**/*****
Yeah, in puzzle 1 above you had the classical song. But in puzzle land, everything is different.
In puzzle land, on the second day of Christmas my true love brought me this puzzle:

“This puzzle consists of @ letters”

With what number (spelled out, of course) should @ be replaced to be true?

You can check your solutions here

3) On the third day of Christmas**/*****
On the third day of Christmas, my true love brought to me this puzzle:

“This puzzle consists of @ vowels and # consonants”

Again, by which numbers, spelled out, should @ and # be replaced to yield a true sentence? Please note that “y” is counted as a vowel.

You can check your solutions here

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to three stars.

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How many isosceles trapeziums?


In Mathematics, an isosceles trapezium is a quadrilateral one pair of opposite sides are parallel and the base angles are equal in measure. Alternative definitions are a quadrilateral with an axis of symmetry bisecting one pair of opposite sides, or a trapezoid with diagonals of equal length.

How many isosceles trapeziums do you count in this figure?
Matchsticks 4x4 triangles

Just for the sake of clarity, three triangles in one row would make an isosceles trapezium, as the red one in this example:
triangles isosceles trapeziums

You can check your solution at here

Please try to solve the puzzles on your own: your self confidence will grow. You are welcome to remark on the puzzles, and I love it when you comment variations, state wether they are too easy or too difficult, or simply your solution times. Please do not state the soultions – it spoils the fun for others. I usually make the solution available after one or two weeks through a link, which allows readers to check the solution without the temptation to scroll down a few lines before having a go at it themselves.

How many rhombuses?


In Mathematics, a Rhombus is a figure consisting of 4 lines, all of the same size, and with opposing sides parallel.
Thus:
Rhomboid

How many rhombuses do you count in this figure?
Matchsticks 4x4 triangles

You can check your solution at here

Please try to solve the puzzles on your own: your self confidence will grow. You are welcome to remark on the puzzles, and I love it when you comment variations, state wether they are too easy or too difficult, or simply your solution times. Please do not state the soultions – it spoils the fun for others. I usually make the solution available after one or two weeks through a link, which allows readers to check the solution without the temptation to scroll down a few lines before having a go at it themselves.