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Sunday 19th January 2020
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Puzzlement #80

Sunday 19th January 2020

There were 12 responses to Puzzlement #79, 9 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: Near the South Pole. Ron Draney was second and Steven Sutlief was third. (There are many possible answers that can meet the requirement. Starting point may be from 1 + 1/(2pi) km away from the pole in any direction, but it can be closer such that the circle is completed more than one time to travel 1 km.)

On to the puzzle:

Ms Johnson’s 4th grade class took a field trip to the local zoo. The day was sunny and warm - a perfect day to spend at the zoo. The kids had a great time and the monkeys were voted the class favorite animal. The zoo had four monkeys - two males and two females. It was lunchtime for the monkeys and as the kids watched, each one ate a different fruit in their favorite resting place. Can you determine the name of each monkey, what kind of fruit each monkey ate, and where their favorite resting place was?

  1. Sam, who doesn’t like bananas, likes sitting on the grass.
  2. The monkey who sat on the rock ate the apple. The monkey who ate the pear didn’t sit on the tree branch.
  3. Anna sat by the stream but she didn’t eat the pear.
  4. Harriet didn’t sit on the tree branch. Mike doesn’t like oranges.

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

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Volunteers Needed

Friday 17th January 2020

The annual high school Academic Decathlon is coming up soon. The 2020 Regional Competitions will be held on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Region I competition will be at Snowflake High School, Region II at Thunderbird High School, Region III at Cibola High School, and Region IV at Red Mountain High School.

Essays are submitted and judged online before the event. Student interviews and speeches are judged live during the event. Volunteers are also needed to timekeepers and test proctors. The event starts Friday afternoon and continues through Saturday evening.

More details are available at http://www.azacadec.org/volunteers/ Howie Asaki, a GPM member has been doing this for years can give you an idea of what to expect by emailing him at civilwar803@gmail.com.

For further questions about volunteering, you can also contact Anne Edelstein at 602-263-5335.

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Puzzlement #79

Sunday 12th January 2020

Going back to Puzzlement #77: There were no correct answers submitted until the following week when the clue that the answer wasn’t a number was posted. After that, Andrew Pulos was first to submit the correct answer, R. Peter Bergonzi was second and Evan Bauer was third.

There were 25 responses to Puzzlement #78, 22 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Larry Bond was: Switch horses. Ed Goheen was second and Ann DeVlaeminck was third.

On to the puzzle:

Bob Fogg is standing somewhere on the planet Earth. He walks one kilometer south, then one km east and finally one km north. He’s back where he started.

Where is he?

Your probable first answer is no longer valid. The North Pole is now covered in constantly shifting sea ice. The surface is no longer solid throughout the year, so Bob can’t actually be standing there or walking away.

But there’s at least one other answer. Where is he?

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

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Puzzlement #78

Sunday 5th January 2020

There were 6 responses to Puzzlement #77, but NOBODY had the correct answer so I am giving y'all another try with the following clue: The answer is not a number. Try again with your submission to today’s Puzzlement.

On to the puzzle:

The 1870s robber baron Dewey Cheatham has decided to pit his two sons against each other to determine which one will inherit his vast holdings of Union Pacific stock. He tells them to saddle up and race their horses to Tucson, but the one whose horse gets there LAST will win.

Obsessed with the inheritance, the Cheatham boys amble across the wasteland, trying to outlast each other. After three days in the desert sun, they meet Gabby, a wise old prospector, and ask him what to do. Gabby gives them a long-winded opinion.

At the end, the boys look at each other, scramble to the horses, and gallop off hell-for-leather toward Tucson.

What did Gabby tell them?

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

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January Mensaversaries

Wednesday 1st January 2020
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January Birthdays

Wednesday 1st January 2020
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RVC 9 Article: “Watching Time”

Wednesday 1st January 2020

From Alton Hitchcock Jr., Region 9 Vice Chairman

I used to be obsessed with watches. I can’t remember my first watch but I have literally owned hundreds of them. Calculator watches in the early 80’s followed by Swatches in high school and then on to more sophisticated timepieces. I have owned pocket watches on chains, keychain clocks and rubber wristband watches to wear while surfing. I never owned a sundial, but I have had use of the sun and a stick for a long time.

I think I was obsessed with the “keeping” of time. Does that watch keep good time? It’s an odd question. You can’t keep time, and whether or not the time you can’t keep is good is highly subjective.  Does that watch count time in segments you find pleasing? Are you enjoying time? Maybe these are more appropriate.

I stopped wearing a watch after college. I found I couldn’t stop looking at it after a while. I had developed a habit of checking the time. Checking time? You can check the accuracy of the timepiece you carry but that timepiece is independently calibrated against some measure that we decided counts time in units we decided are useful for dividing days. Days are just larger units of time. They don’t fit well on wristwatches. We stick to just half a day on a watch. Then we count it twice for a full day. Days we count 28, 30 or 31 in groups and call them months. Months we count in bundles of 12 and call those years. Years all have the same number of days even though months are not constant but hours in days are. We do shift those hours in some months to account for something called daylight savings, Event though no real savings occur.

It’s all very confusing, time. Where has the time gone? I don’t know if it goes anywhere. It doesn’t need to since it is everywhere at every moment. Time is not on a schedule.  In truth time is really just our experience of now, the nows that have gone and the nows we are waiting for. I don’t wear a watch anymore. I don’t wear one because I want to be here now. Nows are easy to count. There’s just one. You don’t need an apparatus to count that. It doesn’t even need to be counted.

Another year has passed Mensan. How are your nows? How have your nows been and how will you next nows progress? I hope this new year brings you better nows. Of course it won’t. You can’t bring a now anywhere. Luckily they’re always here. What you can control is how you see them.

If you find yourself staring at your watch today, ask yourself this question. Why is it called a watch? I think perhaps for the most obvious reason.

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Wednesday 1st January 2020

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Puzzlement #77

Sunday 29th December 2019

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #76, all 4 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Lilly Mullenix was: Me^rry x-mas. Steven Sutlief was second and Bill Bandaruk was third.

On to the puzzle:

Fill in the missing, um, thing. Update on 1 January - it is NOT a number!

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

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Puzzlement #76

Sunday 22nd December 2019

There were 28 responses to Puzzlement #75 (a new record), 22 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: Profit! He makes $20. Evan Bauer was second and Joe Gruberman was third.

On to the puzzle:

Re-arrange this equation to produce a holiday greeting:

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

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Saturday 21st December 2019

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Puzzlement #75

Sunday 15th December 2019

There were 17 responses to Puzzlement #74, only 4 had the correct answer, (two numbers required) but the first one, submitted by John Schroeder was: 40,  (Take the sum of the previous equation and add it to the subsequent equation), 96 (Multiply the two numbers of the equation and add their product to the first number). Dave Hoffman was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

A man buys a horse for $60, then sells it for $70. He buys the horse back for $80, and then sells the horse for $90. How much money did he make or lose? Did he break even?

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

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Puzzlement #74

Sunday 8th December 2019

There were 18 responses to Puzzlement #73, all had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 100. Larry Carr was second and Randy LeSaar was third.

On to the puzzle:

What are the TWO numbers that will satisfy the same rule used the first three equations?
1 + 4 = 5
2 + 5 = 12
3 + 6 = 21
8 + 11 = ??? or ??

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RVC 9 Article: “The Lost Cosmonaut”

Thursday 5th December 2019

From Alton Hitchcock Jr., Region 9 Vice Chairman

Conspiracy theories are getting a lot of airtime these days. They’ve been around for a long time. One of my favorites is actually a Russian conspiracy theory. It goes like this… In the late sixties the Russian space program launched a cosmonaut into space in a tiny capsule. The rocket went up and instead of coming back down, it just kept on going. This story is referred to by many as “The Lost Cosmonaut”.  Let’s assume for this article that it’s true.

Maybe 45 years this frozen cosmonaut has been hurtling through our galaxy and is about to cross over into interstellar space (that means he will be departing our solar system). His body is preserved (frozen at -270 degrees Celsius) as he travels in his capsule at approximately 18,000 MPH through frictionless space. No human has ever traveled as far away from our little blue planet… and he is all by himself.

I wonder how those final moments went for him as he realized there was no hope of return to earth. Did his fear settle into resignation? As he looked out the window of his tiny capsule did he marvel at the universe, ponder his inevitable fate, consider the idea that his perfectly preserved body would travel the vastness of space maybe for all time?

It seems like such a special case doesn’t it? The truth is… it isn’t. It happens every day to everyone. We all sit on a planet moving around the sun in a solar system moving through a galaxy moving through the universe. We all are adrift in space and I contend that we are all in a capsule looking out a window watching the universe around us, contemplating our eventual demise.

As these December holidays approach there will be lots of opportunities for Mensans to get out and be with other people. It isn’t always our strong suit. Some of us sit in our capsules looking out longing for connection, and this can make what is supposed to be a happy time feel lonelier.

I wonder how these final moments will go for you? Has fear settled into resignation? I hope not because the truth is you’re not frozen and you’re not alone. You can always open your capsule and come outside. If your region is having a holiday party I encourage you to go. Go outside. Be a little uncomfortable in the hope that you find someone else. A man I dearly love once told me “In order to have friends you must first BE a friend.” I hope I see you there… outside. I plan on leaving my capsule soon, if anyone will join me.

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December Birthdays

Monday 2nd December 2019
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December Mensaversaries

Monday 2nd December 2019
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Puzzlement #73

Sunday 1st December 2019

There were 12 responses to Puzzlement #72, 11 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000. Paul Cottey was second and Evan Bauer was third.

On to the puzzle:

What is the value of ½ of 2/3 of ¾ of 4/5 of 5/6 of 6/7 of 7/8 of 8/9 of 9/10 of 1,000?

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

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Phoenix Phiesta XXXVII: “The After AG / RG” is complete!

Sunday 1st December 2019

Some great people got together for fun & games… and a whole lot more! More photos will be available soon at the 2019 RG web site.

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RVC 9 - Article: “Punk Rock Kids”

Monday 25th November 2019

From Alton Hitchcock Jr., Region 9 Vice Chairman 

Have you ever been chased? I mean chased and run like your life depended on it? I have. It was awesome.

I was probably 10 when a couple punk rock kids chased my friend Brandon and me from the end of our housing track to his front door. I don’t recall what Brandon did (although I am certain it was his fault) but I was sure we were going to die that day. We ran like the wind, blind exhilaration pushing us toward the safety of his home. Cardiac arrest is rare in 10 year olds. I was close that day. I remember having no clearer thought than this: RUN. RUN. RUN. This mental metronome beat my brain. This was all my mind could comprehend. When we finally reached the front door, they were hot on our heels. Brandon slammed the front door and locked it. They beat against the door with their fists. Fear gave way to laughter.  Sweet release.

I flew to Texas last month for my second American Mensa board meeting. There was a warm feeling in my chest as the plane descended. I always wanted to be a Mensan. I loved the idea of it as a kid when I heard about it on TV and in movies. I waited for years to take the test, mostly out of a fear that I wouldn’t get in. As I have grown older my fears look less and less like punk rock kids in my neighborhood. They still chase me. I still hear that metronome in my mind, but I’ve learned that putting myself out sooner and louder gets me closer to what I want.

I share this with you today because this fear kept me from something I value. I see it as a primary reason we don’t reach all the people we could. We hesitate to invite or involve new people. We’re afraid to volunteer or join in. We have social anxiety and we don’t know anyone, so we relegate ourselves to our bedrooms for another evening by the warm glow of our televisions. There is more out there. My experience is that the more risks I took inside Mensa, the more I got out of it. Today I encourage you to take some risks. Run with your hair on fire from your punk rock kids. You’ll be scared and tired, longing for sweet release. Fear giving way to laughter. I’ll be waiting for you there on the other side of the slammed door.

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Puzzlement #72

Sunday 24th November 2019

Puzzlement #71 turned out to be an unintended “Compound Puzzlement”  The Grumpy Puzzlement Maven made an error in posting it in the blog at 2:45pm Sunday. That was sent out in the MAAM Digest at 3pm, without Puzzlement #71 as several readers reported it missing. So some curious GPM’ers went looking for it and found it. Shortly after the Digest went out the error was corrected in the blog, but due to the constraints of the “Arrow of Time,” those who depended only on the Digest would not see it before those who looked directly at the blog: GPM MAAM 

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #71, 4 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: They’re buying house numbers, Total comes to $12. Clifton Burt was second and Lawrence Kosiba was third.

On to the puzzle:

How can you add eight 8s to get the number 1,000 using only addition?

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

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Puzzlement #71

Sunday 17th November 2019

There were 5 responses to Puzzlement #70, all had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: The letter H [has the same symmetry about the horizontal axis despite minor typeface variations noted]. Michelle Fleury was second and Ron Draney was third.

On to the puzzle:

Jack & Jill moved into their new home and then went to the hardware store to make an important purchase. “How much is one?” asked Jack. “$3 came the reply. “What about 20?” “That’ll cost you $6.” “OK, we’ll need 2042.” What were they buying and how much did it cost them?

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

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Puzzlement #70

Sunday 10th November 2019

There were 19 responses to Puzzlement #69, 17 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: Five days. Steven Sutlief was second and Richard Morris was third.

On to the puzzle:

What letter is missing from this series? B C D E I K O X

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Puzzlement #69

Sunday 3rd November 2019

There were 16 responses to Puzzlement #68, 12 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 1.6 meters. Joseph D’Aguanno was second and Steven Sutlief was third.

On to the puzzle:

There are five who can build five houses in just five days. Increase the amount of people to 100. How long would it take these 100 people to build 100 houses?

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

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November Birthdays

Saturday 2nd November 2019
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November Mensaversaries

Saturday 2nd November 2019
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Puzzlement #68

Sunday 27th October 2019

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #67, only 5 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Randy LeSaar was: L=50, W=25 [a “box”]. Larry Bond was second and Steven Perlmutter was third.

On to the puzzle:

Someone made a band that stretches around the Earth’s circumference (which is about 40,000 kilometers) in a perfect circle. One day, someone added 10 meters to the band. With this added slack, the band now magically sits just above the ground, still containing the Earth in a perfect circle.

How far is the band off the ground?

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

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GPM’er Published

Friday 25th October 2019

From Steve Stuart:

Don’t toss your copy of the Mensa Bulletin! They’re running my short story “Curtains for Louie” in the October 2019 issue. They even added a nice illustration at the top.

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Puzzlement #67

Sunday 13th October 2019

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #66, 9 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: You take ½ of each pill. Ron Draney was second and Steven Perlmutter was third.

On to the puzzle:

Imagine you have 100 units of fencing material. You must box off an area of land next to a river, with the river acting as one side of the box. How can you arrange the 100 units of fencing to box off the largest possible area of land next to the river? The sides perpendicular to the river are L, parallel is W.

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

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October Mensaversaries

Tuesday 1st October 2019
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October Birthdays

Tuesday 1st October 2019
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Puzzlement #66

Sunday 29th September 2019

There were 23 responses to Puzzlement #65, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: On the 66th day. Paul Cottey was second and Bonnie Toms was third.

On to the puzzle:

A chemist just developed some amazing pills. There are red pills and blue pills. If you took one red pill and one blue pill together, you would gain incredible superpowers. But overdosing on the pills — more than one red pill, or more than one blue pill — would kill you. The chemist gives you two pills of each color just in case you lose a pill. You must take the pills to gain your superpowers. You’re kidnapped on the way home and kept in a dark room. It’s so dark that you can’t tell which pills are red and which are blue. How can you gain the superpowers without overdosing?

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

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Puzzlement #62 Answer Redux

Saturday 28th September 2019

Puzzlement #62 was about Consistency Towers apartment buildings identified with lettered signs and truth-telling or lying residents. The Grumpy Puzzle Maven’s answer for the order of the signs was CBAD. However Steven Sutlief submitted his answer, BCDA, which he proved to meet the given puzzlement criteria and is a valid answer. Steven was second to submit a valid answer and should have been recognized as one of only three correct answers.

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Puzzlement #65

Sunday 22nd September 2019

There were 17 responses to Puzzlement #64, 12 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Michele Fleury was: December 31st. Stephen Stuart was second and Frank Pabian was third.

On to the puzzle:

Imagine there is a virus of 5 units that doubles every single day. On the 67th day of doubling, the virus has reached its maximum population. On what day did the virus reached half of its maximum population?

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

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Lynn Floyd at Parent Institute of AAGT!

Saturday 21st September 2019

Representing Greater Phoenix Mensa at the Parent Institute of the Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented!

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Puzzlement #64

Sunday 15th September 2019

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #63, all had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Michele Fleury was: 

Rm 1: Sergei Kipper Psychologist
Rm 2: Yuri Earwig KGB
Rm 3: Boris Spruce Naval Officer
Rm 4: Igor Poodle Journalist
Rm 5: Oleg Bantam Pilot

Brad Tebow was second with the same answer, and Andrew Pulos was third and Peter Bergonzi was fourth, with the other valid response: 

Rm 1: Igor Kipper Psychologist
Rm 2: Yuri Earwig KGB
Rm 3: Sergei Spruce Journalist
Rm 4: Boris Poodle Naval Officer
Rm 5: Oleg Bantam Pilot

On to the puzzle:

Phil asks his friend Stan when his birthday is. Stan replies, “I was 32 the day before yesterday, and next year I’ll be 35.” Phil pauses to think about it, but he figures it out. When is Stan’s birthday, and how is his response even possible?

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

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Puzzlement #63

Sunday 8th September 2019

There were 6 responses to Puzzlement #62, only 2 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: C B A D. Peter Bergonzi was second.

On to the puzzle:

During the Cold War (and nobody puzzling this puzzlement will not know when that was) MI-6 had a safe house in Berlin used to hide defectors from the Soviet bloc.  There were five rooms in the safe house, 1-5, each of which was used by a defector.  Using the clues below reason out the real name and previous occupation of the defector, his assigned code name and which room he occupied.

Names of defectors:  Boris, Igor, Oleg, Sergei, Yuri.
Occupations:  Pilot, journalist, KGB, Naval officer, Psychologist.
Code names:  Bantam, Earwig, Kipper, Poodle, Spruce.

1)  Yuri Scriabin, code named Earwig, was assigned to the room number one higher than the room of the psychologist.

2)  Boris Glazunov was a Naval officer before he defected.

3)  Oleg Borodin was in room 5.

4)  Spruce was the code name of the defector in room 3.

5)  The defector in room 2 had been in the KGB.

6)  Bantam the Aeroflot pilot was in the room numbered one higher than Poodle’s.

7)  Sergei Rimsky was not code named Poodle.

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Puzzlement #62

Sunday 1st September 2019

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #61, 9 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 2, 7, 5 . Dave Hoffman was second and Steven Sutlief was third.

On to the puzzle:

Consistency Towers consists of four apartment buildings in a row.  Each tower contains either truth tellers or liars.  Each building had a sign that explained about the veracity of the residents of the building.  The signs are labeled A, B, C, and D which did not necessarily correspond to the left-to-right order of the buildings.  Unfortunately some juvenile delinquent has switched the signs around.  They say:

A)  Exactly one end apartment houses truth tellers.

B)  The apartment to the right houses truth tellers.

C)  Any apartment next to this one houses liars.

D)  No apartment next to this one houses liars.

In the correct arrangement sign B is to the left of D but not next to it and A is not next to sign C.  What is the correct arrangement of the signs left to right?

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

[Ed Note - Last week’s “HERE” link incorrectly inserted the wrong Puzzlement #60. The Editor has been suitably flogged by the Grumpy Puzzlement Maven who is actually looking for a replacement to come up with the weekly Puzzlements and flogging of the Editor. Any takers?]

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September Mensaversaries

Sunday 1st September 2019
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September Birthdays

Sunday 1st September 2019
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Marni at CERN

Friday 30th August 2019

From Marni Landry:

93 meters underground at the large hadron collider. I am standing in front of the ATLAS particle detector because the unit is down for service. A rare and lucky opportunity!

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Photo from Amsterdam

Friday 30th August 2019

From Lynn Floyd:

Amsterdam has 165 canals, with a total length of about 50km, or 31 miles. A leisurely trip in an open boat on a fine summer evening is a very pleasant way to see the sights of this beautiful city!

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Photo from Kew Gardens

Sunday 25th August 2019

From Lynn Floyd:

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, 30 minutes by Underground from central London, were established in 1759 on land donated by  Princess Augusta, mother of King George III. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gardens now cover over 700 acres containing 50,000 plants and trees. Now through the end of October, an array of spectacular glass sculptures by the American artist Dale Chihuly are installed on the grounds and in the glasshouses.

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Puzzlement #61

Sunday 25th August 2019

There were 16 responses to Puzzlement #60, 13 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 5, 3, 4, 6. David Eagle was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

In Naomi Nomer’s math class three of her students routinely mess up their homework.  As punishment she makes all three stand in front of the class and sticks Post-Its on each of their foreheads with a number written on it.  She then tells them to make a statement about the numbers they can see without actually revealing the numbers.

  Numbskull says, ‘Their sum is 12.’
  Nitwit says, ’Their sum is 7.’
  Oddment says, ’Their sum is no more than 10.’

Miss Nomer then explains that the first to deduce what the three numbers are will pass her class, the others will not.  What answer did the winner give?

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

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Report from the first D.O.G. Outing

Friday 23rd August 2019

From Judy Herrmann:

On August 17, 2019 a diverse group of Mensans and Intertel members met up at Oreganos in Tempe. Attendees included Larry & Carol, Jackie, Joe, Steve, David P., David S., Sharon, Marni, Dina, John H., and me (Judy H.).

Lively conversation took place at all ends of the table. I understand that at Carol and Larry’s side of the table the discussion included Catholic priests and hookers, although perhaps not at the same time. Marni has an upcoming trip to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN! Talk about a geek vacation! Wow! John H. showed us his low-cost borescope that was recently published in “The Home Shop Machinist” magazine.

We had fantastic participation for our first combined event, at twelve people! Thank you to everyone who came. D.O.G. will be held on the 3rd Saturday each month. We hope to see you at our next event:

When: 2 PM, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
Where: Hong Kong Asian Diner, 9880 S Rural Rd #105, Tempe, AZ 85284

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Puzzlement #60

Sunday 18th August 2019

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #59, no one had the total correct answer, but the closest, matching 4 of 6, was submitted by Frank Pabian. The correct answer:

1) Lucia - The others are states.
2) Blunder - The others are fish.
3) Circle - The others can be followed by ‘root.’
4) Winchester - The others are Oxford colleges.
5) Chichester - The others are cheeses.
6) Wool - The others can make new words by adding ’S’ in front.

On to the puzzle:

Yeggs unite!  Let’s crack another safe.  Four 1-9 digits are needed.
1)  The fourth digit is largest.
2)  The third digit is larger than the second.
3)  The sum of the first, third and fourth digits is 15.
4) The second and fourth digits differ by three.
5)  The sum of the first and fourth digits is a prime number.

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Puzzlement #59

Sunday 11th August 2019

There were 5 responses to Puzzlement #58, 3 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: Pray why would Puss swallow her ring? Hans Battenfeld was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

In each group there’s an odd one out.  Which and why?

1)  Carolina, Georgia, Lucia, Virginia.
2)  Blunder, Carp, Flounder, Skate.
3)  Arrow, Circle, Square, Tap.
4)  Exeter, Lincoln, Pembroke, Winchester.
5)  Cheshire, Chichester, Gloucester, Lancashire.
6)  Ales, Care, Hall, Wool.

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Puzzlement # 58

Sunday 4th August 2019

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #57, 5 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Frank Pabian was: One. Steven Sutlief was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

Three sisters were feeding a cat.  The first gave her sardines which the cat ate up.  The second gave the cat salmon which the cat grudgingly consumed.  The third gave her herring which the cat snubbed with haughty contempt.  Why?  (Hint:  Think particulately.)

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

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August Mensaversaries

Thursday 1st August 2019
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August Birthdays

Thursday 1st August 2019
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