Much Ado About Mensa


Puzzlement #114

Sunday 27th September 2020

There were 8 responses to Puzzlement #113, only 4 had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by David Mills was: 35/70 + 148/296 = 1. Barry Mead was second and Steven Perlmutter was third. [There were many possible correct answers, but they must use all the digits only once with only two simple fractions being added.]

On to the puzzle:

A car’s odometer shows 72927 miles, a palindromic number. What are the minimum miles you would need to travel to form another?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #113

Sunday 20th September 2020

There were 14 responses to Puzzlement #112, 12 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 

Fill the 5 gallon container. Pour 3 gallons into the 3 gal container. Now you have 2 gallons in the 5 gallon container.
Dump out the 3 gallon container. Pour the 2 gallons into the 3 gallon container.
Fill the 5 gallon container. Pour out enough to fill the 3 gallon container (1 gallon).
Now you have 4 gallons in the 5 gallon container.

 Barry Mead was second and David Mills was third.

On to the puzzle:

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Use the digits above once each only to compose two fractions which when added together equal 1.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #112

Sunday 13th September 2020

There were 29 responses to Puzzlement #111, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: SALT. Lei Finke was second and Steve Perlmutter was third.

On to the puzzle:

You have two containers, a 5 gallon and a 3 gallon container. How do you measure out 4 gallons?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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New Region 9 Coordinator Appointed

Friday 11th September 2020
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Regional Coordinator Letter – October 2020

An Introduction

Hello! I’m Rachel Kibler, and I’m your new Regional Coordinator. I’m an interim appointed by the AMC board, and my term goes through next June. I’m here to help!
You can reach me at rachelregion9@gmail.com or by call or text at 385.330.4422. These are both specific accounts for Mensa, so hopefully things don’t get lost (and I’ll actually answer the phone from a number I don’t recognize!).
I’m based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I was the newsletter editor for Utah Mensa for a year and a half. I’ve been a member of Mensa since 2003, when I joined to show up an ex-boyfriend who thought I might not be smart enough. I stayed in because of inertia, then discovered Mind Games and the online fora. Now I stay in, because I genuinely like the people and like what we do with our scholarship programs and the Foundation.
In my free time, I sing, knit, play board games, cook, hang out with my husband, watch animated shows (currently watching Legend of Korra – so good), and experiment with cocktails. If you want to connect over any of those, reach out! I love meeting people.
There are a few people who are going to help me out with things. Jennifer Morris is amazing and has volunteered to be my assistant AND the Regional Scholarship Coordinator. Jen Zbylski, aka Captain Mensa, is my Young Adult Mensan Coordinator. I have yet to appoint a Regional Ombudsman. If you’re interested in serving, please contact me!
Things are tough with Covid, and we’re all learning to adjust to meeting online. Nothing quite beats face-to-face communication, as much as we try. But connection is better than isolation, so if you haven’t joined an online meetup with your local group or one of the SIGs, I encourage you to give it a try! Utah Mensa has a book club, San Diego has a happy hour, Southern Nevada has a wonderful speaker series, lots of groups have game nights and lunches, and SIGs across American Mensa are doing movie nights, murder mysteries, craft afternoons (that’s what I host), and cooking lessons. Regional Gatherings are happening virtually at very low (or no) cost, and we’ve never been more connected, even if hugs are missing.
I’ll be attending activities in each of your local groups in the coming months, and if there’s interest, I’ll set up a monthly evening video chat with me. Let me know what you need and what you want to see. I look forward to serving you and meeting you!

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Puzzlement # 111

Sunday 6th September 2020

There were 39 responses to Puzzlement #110, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: ATE. Steve Sutlief was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

On each row place a letter that can be substituted for the centre letter of the words either side, to give another word in each case. When completed, a word will be read downwards.  What is it?

RIPEN   _  NAVAL
BENCH  _  ADOPT
DECAY  _  BUDGE
HUNCH  _  MARCH

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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It’s up to you...

Sunday 6th September 2020

There may be some interest in resuming in-person events as restaurants are opening with the appropriate measures. If you want to encourage your favorite event to resume, contact the host to tell them you are willing to attend if they restart. Host contact info is in the GPM Live Web Calendar for each event. If you want to start a new one up yourself fill out this FORM and we will help you to get the ball rolling.

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September Mensaversaries

Tuesday 1st September 2020
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September Birthdays

Tuesday 1st September 2020
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Puzzlement #110

Sunday 30th August 2020

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #109, 6 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Frank Pabian was: 409 (Multiply the right by the first digit and add the second digit). Clark Jones was second and Michele Fleury was third.

On to the puzzle:

Which three letter word can be attached to the end of the given words to form four longer words?

DOCTOR      ALIEN            FABRIC         CONSIDER

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #109

Sunday 23rd August 2020

There were 14 responses to Puzzlement #108, 11 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 124 (Add adjacent numbers, then alternate +1 and -1 to get the next number). Ann DeVlaeminck was second and Jason St was third.

On to the puzzle:

What number should replace the question mark?
42 - - - 170
93 - - - 840
18 - - - 26
54 - - - 274
67 - - - ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #108

Sunday 16th August 2020

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #107, 10 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: It has 0.25 gallons to spare. Bill Camp was second and Dave Hoffman was third.

On to the puzzle:

What number should appear next in this sequence?

2   8   11   18   30   47   78   ?  

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Mensan Diana McClure on Pay it Forward

Friday 14th August 2020

Diana received a visit by the 3TV/CBS5 video crew this past week when a neighbor recognized her good deeds with a $500 gift card as provided by the Pay it Forward program. The news clip with all the details may be found HERE.

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Puzzlement #107

Sunday 9th August 2020

There were 19 responses to Puzzlement #106, only 1 had the correct (and simplest) answer, that follows the intended rule: A sequence of numbers whose spelling begins with T. That was  submitted by Evan Bauer was: 21. A complex numerical sequence would produce 22 as the next number, that answer was provided by all others.

On to the puzzle:

A fire engine travels six miles to an out of control bonfire. It travels at a speed of 32 mph. The fire engine’s tank holds 500 gallons of water but has been leaking throughout the journey at a rate of 20 gallons per hour.

If the fire engine needs 496 gallons of water to put out the fire, will it have enough, and if so, how much water will it have to spare?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #106

Sunday 2nd August 2020

There were 2 responses to Puzzlement #105, both had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: The missing number is 7. [Sum of first and third number of each row equals sum of second and fourth.] Steven Perlmutter was second.

On to the puzzle:

What number should appear next in this sequence?

2  3  10  12  13  20  X  

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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August Mensaversaries

Saturday 1st August 2020
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August Birthdays

Saturday 1st August 2020
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Puzzlement #105

Sunday 26th July 2020

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #104, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 48.75. Steven Perlmutter was second and Guy Knoller was third.

On to the puzzle:

What number should replace the question mark?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #104

Sunday 19th July 2020

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #103, only 1 had the correct answer,  submitted by Ron Draney: Missing number is four. The sequence alternates square numbers with the number of letters in the (English) name of the number being squared. 25 is five squared and “five” has four letters. 

On to the puzzle:

What number should replace X in the following:

24 …   8.5
35 … 15.6
18 …  8.125
68 …  X

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Opportunity: GPM Scholarships Chair & Committee

Sunday 19th July 2020

Scholarship season will kick-off in September, but we need a volunteer to chair this activity. Candidates for scholarships apply online and the chairperson coordinates local judging that takes place early in January of 2021. Judging is done online (hopefully the system will be debugged this year). Details about this program are found HERE.  Please contact LocSec if you are interested in either being the chairperson or judge.

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GPM RG 2020 Postponed

Monday 13th July 2020

COVID-19 has caused us to postpone:

Phoenix Phiesta XXXVIII: “From the Ashes”

Greater Phoenix Mensa Regional Gathering (RG)

UNTIL November 25- 28, 2021

FULL REFUND for all those who had already registered will be going out soon. Contact Registrar if you have not gotten yours by August 1, 2020.

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Puzzlement #103

Sunday 12th July 2020

There were 6 responses to Puzzlement #102, 4 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 140. [octal or base-8 arithmetic] Mike Keleher was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

What number is missing from this sequence?

1  3  4  3  9  5  16  4  25  __  36  3

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Jim Gaspar - Life Member

Saturday 11th July 2020

From Janet Fotheringham - 

Sad News:  My husband Jim Gaspar passed away on June 24, after a short illness.  Cerebral Hemorrhage (not Covid).

[Photo from 2016 GPM RG]

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July Mensaversaries

Wednesday 1st July 2020
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July Birthdays

Wednesday 1st July 2020
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Puzzlement #102

Sunday 28th June 2020

There were 29 responses to Puzzlement #101, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 410. Robert McAtee was second and Harvey Gillis was third.

On to the puzzle:

IF:
2 + 4 = 6
6 + 16 = 24
24 + 36 = 62
62 + 56 = ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #101

Sunday 21st June 2020

There were 17 responses to Puzzlement #100, all had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: Use the 3-minute and 5-minute timers. Start them going at the same time. When the 3-minute timer runs out, start the egg boiling. When the 5-minute timer runs out, the egg is done. “potoftea” was second and Charles Falkenmayer was third.

On to the puzzle:

IF:
4 + 2 = 26
8 + 1 = 79
6 + 5 = 111
7 + 3 = ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #100

Sunday 14th June 2020

There were two responses to Puzzlement #99. The first one was from Edward Browne, but it did not have the answer that the author had in mind. It did, however, meet the reason why criteria expressed in his answer: Each column has one number divisible by 5. The correct response was submitted by Peter Bergonzi: They are all times on a clock, and each column has an “impossible time.” [either the last two digits were >59 or first digit was zero]

On to the puzzle:

You want to boil a two-minute egg. If you only have a three-minute timer (hourglass), a four-minute timer and a five-minute timer, how can you boil the egg for only two minutes?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Monday 8th June 2020
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Puzzlement #99

Sunday 7th June 2020

There were 8 responses to Puzzlement #98, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Lisa Gragg was: 2 minutes. Gerard Smorowski was second and Steve Perlmutter was third.

On to the puzzle, submitted by Diana McClure:

Which one number in each of the columns A-J do not belong, and why does it not belong? The answer to why it does not belong is the same for all the answers.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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June Mensaversaries

Monday 1st June 2020
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June Birthdays

Monday 1st June 2020
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Puzzlement #98

Sunday 31st May 2020

There were 36 (!) responses to Puzzlement #97, all had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 17*2 -1 = 33. Bill Camp was second and RICHARD MORRIS was third.

On to the puzzle:

A 300 ft. train is traveling 300 ft. per minute must travel through a 300 ft. long tunnel.  How long will it take the train to travel through the tunnel?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #97

Sunday 24th May 2020

There were 6 responses to Puzzlement #96, all had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steven Sutlief was: The weights are 1, 3, 9, and 27 kg. Diana McClure was second and Bob Hanshaw was third.

On to the puzzle:

2, 3, 5, 9, 17, ?  What is the next number in the sequence?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #96

Sunday 17th May 2020

There were only two responses to Puzzlement #95, both had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: E N T. (completing the list of the first letter of the names of the numbers from one to ten) Steven Sutlief was second.

On to the puzzle:

A man had a bar of lead that weighed 40 kilograms. and he divided it into four pieces in such a way as to allow him to weigh any number of kilograms from one to forty on a balance scale. What are the weights of the four pieces?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #95

Sunday 10th May 2020

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #94, 10 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 

(5 x 5 x 5) - (5 x 5) = 125 - 25
(5 + 5 + 5 + 5) x 5 = 20 x 5
(5 x 5) x (5 - (5/5)) = 25 x 4

Steven Sutlief was second and Frank Pabian was third.

On to the puzzle:

What are the next 3 letters in this sequence?  O T T F F S S _ _ _

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #94

Sunday 3rd May 2020

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #93, all had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 

Divide into 2 groups of 6. Balance. Whichever group is lighter, go on to next step with that. Put the others aside.
Divide into 2 groups of 3. Balance. Whichever group is lighter, go on to next step with that. Put the others aside.
Put 1 marble on either side of the balance. The lighter marble is the one with the bubble. If the 2 marbles weigh the same, then the 3rd marble is the one.

[Also correct was to take three groups of 4, measure 4 and 4 => 2 and 2 => 1 and 1]

Michael Keleher was second and Steven Sutlief was third. 

On to the puzzle:

Express 100 three ways with five 5s.

You can use parentheses and these signs + ,- , x , / .

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

Apologies for last week’s Digest delivery. Those responsible have been sacked. - Ed

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May Mensaversaries

Friday 1st May 2020
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May Birthdays

Friday 1st May 2020
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Puzzlement #93

Sunday 26th April 2020

There were 6 responses to Puzzlement #92, 5 had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steve Perlmutter was: 135/270 + 48/96 = 1. Andrew Poulos was second and Steven Sutlief was third.

On to the puzzle:

You have a collection of 12 black marbles. They are identical except one has an air bubble that can’t be seen. You have a balance scale that you can use up to 3 times to help determine which one has the bubble. What is your procedure to do this?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #92

Sunday 19th April 2020

There were 21 responses to Puzzlement #91, 19 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: The donkey is traveling in a circle. Bill Camp was second and Richard Morris was third.

On to the puzzle:

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Use the digits above once each only to compose two fractions which when added together equal 1.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Zoom used for ExCom

Friday 17th April 2020

The April 12th ExCom was successfully conducted using the popular video conferencing app, Zoom. We will continue using it for those meetings to conduct official business until we are allowed to meet in person again. All members are welcome to join. A link to register with the host will be published in advance in the GPM Calendar and eUpdate.

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Puzzlement #91

Sunday 12th April 2020

There were 26 responses to Puzzlement #90, 20 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 43. [42 plus enough shavings to make one more] Mat Wolach was second and Les Rees was third.

On to the puzzle:

A donkey travels a certain distance each day. Strangely enough, two of its legs travel 30 miles each day and the other two legs travel nearly 31 miles. It would seem that two of the donkey’s legs must be one mile ahead of the other two legs, but of course this can’t be true.

Since the donkey is normal, how is this situation possible?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Goodbye Ruby Tuesday

Sunday 12th April 2020

Gary and Gail are sad to announce the demise of our every Thursday dinner for our Mensa friends and guests. Our first dinner was on January 3, 2008; our last dinner together was on March 12, 2020. Ruby Tuesday has permanently closed the Tempe Marketplace restaurant.

Over the 12 years and 3 months of weekly dinners, we had as many as 28 diners, but more normally about 12. We survived two restaurant closures (from Cheeseburger Cheeseburger, to Stella’s Kitchen, to Ruby Tuesday), and it took a pandemic to ban dining in, at ALL restaurants, which put our dinner on hiatus until after the pandemic. Gary and Gail did use Ruby To Go for two weeks, until the phone was no longer in service on March 30th. We were unable to reach any of the other Phoenix area Ruby’s by phone, and the national Ruby Tuesday website Location finder no longer lists Arizona in their list of states with restaurants.

We thank all of our diners through the years; we thoroughly enjoyed your company and conversation. At some time after the pandemic, we expect restaurants to open up for dining in again. When we are ready and feel safe, healthwise, to dine out, Gary and Gail may rise like a Phoenix and re-invent our weekly Mensa dinners. 

Virtual hugs to all, ‘til we meet again.

Gary & Gail

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Puzzlement #90

Sunday 5th April 2020

There were 12 responses to Puzzlement #89, all had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Ron Draney was: AbstEmIOUslY. Joseph D’Aguanno was second and Dave Hoffman was third.

On to the puzzle:

An item is made from lead blanks in a lathe shop. Each blank suffices for 1 item. Lead shavings accumulated for making 6 items can be melted and made into a blank. How many items can be made from 36 blanks?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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April Mensaversaries

Wednesday 1st April 2020
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April Birthdays

Wednesday 1st April 2020
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Puzzlement #89

Sunday 29th March 2020

There were 12 responses to Puzzlement #88, 11 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: 1890 to 1918 because 1900 was not a leap year. [It doesn’t work if any of the intervening year numbers are evenly divisible by 100 but not 400. Those aren’t leap years.] Steve Perlmutter was second and Bill Camp was third.

On to the puzzle:

The word FACETIOUSLY contains the six vowels, A-E-I-O-U and Y, in their alphabetical order. Can you find another English word that does the same?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #88

Sunday 22nd March 2020

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #87, only x had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 

The 24 clock is striking a tone once per hour.
The 156 = 78x2 = (1+2+3…12)x2 clock strikes the o'clock number (1-12) on the hour.
The 180 ( = 156 + 24) clock strikes the o'clock number, plus one additional (different pitch?) tone on the half-hour.
The 228 ( = 156 + 24x3) clock strikes the o'clock number, plus once for the ¼, ½ and ¾ hour.

 Ann DeVlaeminck was second and Robert McAtee was third.

On to the puzzle:

Last year, Mary didn’t buy a wall calendar for 2019, because she still had one for 1991, which was identical (except for some holidays). Mary never throws anything out.

Generally, with our Gregorian calendar, one can use a calendar from 28 years ago in place of the current year. Which of the following year pairs did not follow this rule of thumb? Why not?

a. 1890 / 1918
b. 1901 / 1929
c. 1917 / 1945
d. 1935 / 1963
e. 1992 / 2020

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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COVID-19 and GPM

Saturday 21st March 2020

The pandemic has shut down our entire 📅Calendar of Events. 🙁While the calendar may not directly indicate cancellation going forward, consider them canceled until restaurants and homes can again be opened for our events.

We will, however, be holding our monthly ExCom meeting via teleconference.

🙏Stay safe!

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Puzzlement #87

Sunday 8th March 2020

There were 2 responses to Puzzlement #86, neither one had the correct answer. (You were not allowed to get help or damage the cards.) The answer was: You divide the cards into two piles with 10 and 42 cards each. Then flip all cards in the smaller pile. 

On to the puzzle:

At a clock store, a clock strikes 24 times a day, while others strike 156 times, and some strike 180 times a day. Some strike 228 times a day. All are in good order. How do they have such a big difference in the number of strikes?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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