# Festive numbers quiz

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by NewToTeachingOldToMaths, Dec 30, 2016.

Bet you can't get them all right without looking something up! (I'll post the correct answers on New Year's Day)

(1) 4,014,489,600 is the number of [WHAT?] in a [WHAT?]

(2) How many wives did Henry VIII have if you are (a) Roman Catholic, and (b) Anglican?

(3) How many great great great great grandparents do I have in common with my third cousin?

(4) 35,840 is the number of [WHAT?] in a [WHAT]?

(5) You only go round widdershins, and once round is 15,840. What am I referring to, and what are my units?

(6) on 14 February 1971 it was 12, but on 15 February 1971 it was 5, yet it hadn't changed in any way. What was it?

(7) 31,622,400 is the number of [WHAT?] in a [WHAT?]

(8) I have two English coins in my pocket. The face value of one of them is 672 times the face value of the other. What are they?

(9) How many kings of England have been called Edward?

(10) 5 + 7 = 11. Under what circumstances is this statement true?

Last edited: Dec 30, 2016
2. ### gargsStar commenter

I'm sorry - I have no idea what any of the answers are!
I'm looking forward to finding out tomorrow though

3. ### lanokiaStar commenter

Well... I feel stupid now...

Edit: In all fairness I can hazard a guess at 2 and 9 but two is debatable and 9 is... probably 9.

4. ### bombaysapphireStar commenter

(10) if using undenary arithmetic (base 11).

5. ### SpiritwalkernessStar commenter

At a glance I think I know the answer to No 6 and 9.

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6. ### Lara mfl 05Star commenter

Right I'll have a go at a couple.
2) Henry VIII would have only had 2 wives as far as the RC Church was concerned, as they didn't recognise the divorce of Catherine of Aragon Ditto with Anne of Cleves (who i think he married after Catherine's death?) and subsequent 'wives' wouldn't count. But 6 for the C of E.

10) is to do with a different base system just need to work out which one.

8) Guess at a farthing compared t some new money, again got to work it out.

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7. ### SpiritwalkernessStar commenter

and 2 - ish

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8. ### Lara mfl 05Star commenter

Thing is I'm not enough of a historian to know exactly how many Kings had an Edward in their list of second/third etc names.

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9. ### Lara mfl 05Star commenter

That would be the one I needed. I'd originally guessed binary and realised that wouldn't work but knew it had to be one of the bases.
Makes absolute sense now and if I'd actually thought for a moment the 1 in the 'units' column gives it away.

10. ### Lara mfl 05Star commenter

8) Guess at a farthing compared t some new money, again got to work it out.[/QUOTE]
Having divided a pound into old fashioned pennies (240) it can't be a farthing? threepeny bit and a pound?

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11. ### gargsStar commenter

But wouldn't that mean only one wife? If they didn't recognise the divorce, they wouldn't have recognised subsequent marriages. Or are you thinking that subsequent marriage after she had died would be ok?

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13. ### Flere-ImsahoStar commenter

And if you're Anglican does the first one not count because it was "annulled".

14. ### SpiritwalkernessStar commenter

I'd go for it being a threepenny bit but not sure what in though - a guinea?

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15. ### SpiritwalkernessStar commenter

hahhahhaaa

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16. ### SpiritwalkernessStar commenter

Number 5 I wondered if it was a mile in on athletics track as they run anti clockwise - but the distance is wrong

A sovereign?

18. ### lanokiaStar commenter

Oh good point... didn't even think of middle names.. sheesh... I'm definitely out then.

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19. ### Lara mfl 05Star commenter

Thing is a sovereign is just another word for a pound gargs. Guinea was variable- pound plus same amount of shillings, so £3 3 shillings, £2 2 shillings etc

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20. ### gargsStar commenter

Is number 5 some other sporting event?
Something like sailing round the world?