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Removal of doomed Solskjær will not solve Manchester United’s problems

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Ever feel like you’ve been had? As the final notes in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s long goodbye play themselves out, as statements are issued and narratives massaged, it is worth taking a step back from all that background n...

Did you solve it? The man who changed the course of magic

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Professor Hoffman was the pen-name of Angelo Lewis, a Victorian barrister whose book Modern Magic, published in 1876, is considered one of the most important and influential magic books of all time. (I read about him ...

Can you solve it? The playful genius of Hungarian puzzles

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When it comes to the world of mathematical puzzles, Hungary is a superpower. Not just because of the Rubik’s cube, the iconic toy invented by Ernő Rubik in 1974, but also because of its long history of maths outreach....

TechScape: could a router revolution solve all your wifi woes?

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When was the last time you thought about your wifi network? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “the last time it broke”. Internet access, like electricity or clean water, is one of those modern conveni...

Simply throwing money at the NHS won’t solve all its problems

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Watch the news each day and you might regard Britain’s NHS as a black, swirling pit into which ever vaster sums of money constantly vanish. All it does is answer back with screams of hospitals near collapse, queueing ...

Individuals cannot solve vaccine inequality. If you’re offered a booster, take it

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Looking back to spring last year, many people were predicting that we wouldn’t have any vaccines available by now, and even the most optimistic didn’t predict that 6.5bn doses of highly effective Covid-19 vaccines wou...

Croatian police solve mystery of woman with no memory found on rock

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A woman rescued from a Croatian island with no memory of how she got there, where she came from or who she was, has been identified as a Slovakian former designer who had lived in the US and made jewellery for celebri...

Did you solve it? The magic of the Borromean rings

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Earlier today I set the following puzzle, inspired by the Borromean rings (left), which are three interlocking loops with the property that when you remove any one of them, the other two are no longer linked. In the p...

Can you solve it? The magic of the Borromean rings

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The image above is the Borromean rings, three interlinked rings that have the curious property that when any one of the rings is removed, the other two are no longer linked. The rings are studied by mathematicians and...

‘I want to solve problems and be useful’: meet the rising star prosthetics engineer

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Nate Macabuag knows he has a huge task ahead of him. The founder of London-based Koalaa is on a mission to make prosthetics that are comfortable and affordable for everyone in the world who needs them. “People with li...

The balance on my student loan is a mystery I can’t solve

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In Desember, I received a letter from the Student Loans Company (SLC) telling me I was due to finish repaying my student loan within the next year, and that I needed to change my payment plan to avoid overpaying. I ca...

Did you solve it? Carl Friedrich Gauss, money saving expert

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Earlier today I set you the following two puzzles, inspired by a money-saving trick devised by Carl Friedrich Gauss. (Click to the original for the explanation of the trick, and what it has got to do with Gauss). 1. T ...

Can you solve it? Carl Friedrich Gauss, money saving expert

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Financially well-informed readers may have recently learned about a money-saving trick that uses a formula supposedly devised by Carl Friedrich Gauss, the 19th century maths colossus. The viral 100 envelope challenge ...

Climate and nature crises: solve both or solve neither, sê kenners

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Humanity must solve the climate and nature crises together or solve neither, according to a report from 50 of the world’s leading scientists. Global heating and the destruction of wildlife is wreaking increasing damag...

Did you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights

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Earlier today I set you four puzzles by Paulo Ferro, a Portuguese puzzle maker. 1. Trapezium or trap-not-so-easy-um? The trapezium is composed of 7 matchsticks. Move the positions of 3 matchsticks in order to obtain ...

Can you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights

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Vandag, four tasty treats from Paulo Ferro, a puzzlesmith from Porto. 1. Trapezium or trap-not-so-easy-um? The trapezium is composed of 7 matchsticks. Move the positions of 3 matchsticks in order to obtain 2 equilater...

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