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Festive numbers quiz

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

  1. NewToTeachingOldToMaths

    NewToTeachingOldToMaths Lead commenter

    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. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

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

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well... I feel stupid now...

    Look forward to the answers.

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

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

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

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    At a glance I think I know the answer to No 6 and 9.
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  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star 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. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    and 2 - ish
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  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star 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 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star 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. :oops:
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star 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. gargs

    gargs Star 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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  12. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

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

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

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

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

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  16. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

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

    gargs Star commenter

    A sovereign?
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Oh good point... didn't even think of middle names.. sheesh... I'm definitely out then.
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  19. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star 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. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

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

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