PUZZLES - CRYPTIC CLUES AND ANSWERS

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Post by PanBiker » 24 Mar 2017, 23:10

No 5 answer:
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No 6 answer:
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Post by PanBiker » 24 Mar 2017, 23:42

No 1 answer:
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Cant get 4 or 8.

I'm thinking of getting the GCHQ Puzzle Book published for charity last year, 368 pages to go at in that one. :confused:
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Post by plaques » 25 Mar 2017, 08:07

PanBiker, I haven't looked at your answers yet I'll leave it until more come in. These puzzles have been in a safe place for over five years from what I can remember there were usually two answers... Theirs! and Mine?? Funny enough No 4 gave me some trouble until the penny dropped.

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Post by Stanley » 26 Mar 2017, 03:13

I think I must be an oddball. Puzzles like these have no attraction for me. I can go in the shed and attack real puzzles in three dimensions.... I get my brain Gym from the shed, writing and playing Solitaire!
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Post by plaques » 26 Mar 2017, 07:48

I'm not 100% sure but I think it was Harold Macmillan who said he never did puzzles because there were enough problems in the real world that need solving.

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Post by plaques » 30 Mar 2017, 18:06

All the answers that PanBiker gave are correct. Well done.
No 4. Missing letters are O & N = Newton, Young, Edison, Rontgen.
No8 Final ? letter = P
PARIS
ISPAR
ARISP
SPARI
RISPA

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Post by plaques » 30 Mar 2017, 18:38

Some more Brain Pain to spoil your weekend. Tip of the week. Paracetamol seems to work for me.
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Post by plaques » 06 Apr 2017, 18:37

No registered replies this week. Here are the answers just the same.

No 9.
the scientist were...
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Post by chinatyke » 18 Feb 2018, 13:40

Here is a little puzzle to keep your brains active.

A railway line is 200 miles long. It is rigidly fixed at each end to allow zero movement. In summer the rail expands half an inch per mile and the rail buckles upwards in the middle. What height does it reach?
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Post by PanBiker » 18 Feb 2018, 13:50

Daft question, it depends at what point from the centre that the hypothetical buckling starts.

If it were me, I would rigidly fasten it along all its length but on fasteners that would allow for expansion. :biggrin2: :extrawink:
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Post by chinatyke » 18 Feb 2018, 14:01

PanBiker wrote:
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Daft question, it depends at what point from the centre that the hypothetical buckling starts.

If it were me, I would rigidly fasten it along all its length but on fasteners that would allow for expansion. :biggrin2: :extrawink:
... and the rail buckles upwards in the middle. Assume it slopes up evenly from each end to the middle.

Try it or guess it, you'll be surprised by the answer. It's only a bit of fun.

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Post by PanBiker » 18 Feb 2018, 14:58

100 inches over 200 miles, it's negligible.
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Post by chinatyke » 18 Feb 2018, 15:22

PanBiker wrote:
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100 inches over 200 miles, it's negligible.
If you think that you'll be amazed by the answer!

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Post by Tizer » 18 Feb 2018, 16:10

If it were the continuously welded rail now used in the UK it wouldn't buckle - well not unless the temperature rose to 59C. The rail is stretched then welded together under tension, so it can accommodate most temperature change without buckling. But I suspect that's not the answer to your puzzle!

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Post by PanBiker » 18 Feb 2018, 17:13

chinatyke wrote:
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If you think that you'll be amazed by the answer!
Crack on then amaze me, it's Sunday afternoon and I can't be bothered. :smile:
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Post by plaques » 18 Feb 2018, 19:10

China, This has taken up some of my valuable chess playing time. If it raises up as a true arc of a circle then the calc:s require a lot of shuffling which will take up even more time. But if you are happy with a simple piggysorus calc: then its just under 2100 ft

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Post by PanBiker » 18 Feb 2018, 19:29

I would obviously fail a stupid or cryptic question GCSE or would it be comprehension failure?

My online triangle calculator thingy had it no more than about 6" over 200 miles. I wouldn't have access to that in an exam anyway so there is no chance for me. Five years of calcs and principles that I always knew would never come in useful, what a waste!
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Post by chinatyke » 19 Feb 2018, 01:54

plaques wrote:
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China, This has taken up some of my valuable chess playing time. If it raises up as a true arc of a circle then the calc:s require a lot of shuffling which will take up even more time. But if you are happy with a simple piggysorus calc: then its just under 2100 ft
Pythagorus will do! You are exactly right. The rail will reach 2097' 7" high at the 100 mile centre point, or approx 0.4 miles. Ian, you are right that the rail expands only 100" or 8" 4". In this case the 200 miles is very important. The answer surprised me too. By the way, this is why long lengths of cable between pylons sag so much. The greater the distance between pylons, the more pronounced the effect, even though the cables themselves are only expanding a small amount. As Plaques points out they will be arcs not triangles.

Added: Just thought: Something you will be familiar with, it's the same effect you get with long guy ropes that support antenna masts and sag even though you tighten them, a little expansion makes a big sag.

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Post by Tizer » 19 Feb 2018, 10:09

Have you accounted for curvature of the Earth? :smile:

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Post by PanBiker » 19 Feb 2018, 10:24

Ha, same reason you cant build a sky lift I suppose. Anyway, I didn't loose any sleep.

How many beans make 5?
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Post by plaques » 19 Feb 2018, 10:58

Sky lifts first mentioned by Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Fountains of Paradise' 1979. Link. .
Had my belly full of sagging beams and vibrating strings especially when William Bragg got involved. Best forgotten.

How many beans make 5? Give me a clue, mine won't stand still long enough to count them.

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Post by PanBiker » 19 Feb 2018, 11:24

Did you see the programme on New York, I think BBC2 last night?

Actual ground space is very hard to find now and the program featured the development over a live railway yard. The developers paid $1billion for the vertical airspace above the rail yard and are building multiple developments in fresh air! This involves sinking casements, effectively very long stilts down to the bedrock between the rails in the yard and then building the developments on top. They have done a 60 storey office and apartment building so far but are going to add another 8 or so I think all built the same way. Apartments and office spaces rent for $50 - 60 million if you go to the top.

No clues, it's so easy but pointless and as daft as the last one.
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Re: PUZZLES - CRYPTIC CLUES AND ANSWERS

Post by chinatyke » 20 Feb 2018, 02:33

PanBiker wrote:
19 Feb 2018, 11:24
How many beans make 5?
No clues, it's so easy but pointless and as daft as the last one.
It's got me stumped! :confused:

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