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• ## The largest number is about 45,000,000,000 although mathematicians suspect that…

6 Feb 2010, 17:41 by ashleyrobb

Jean is shorter than Brutus but taller than Imhotep. Imhotep is taller than Jean, but shorter than Lord Scotland. Lord Scotland is twice the height of Jean and Brutus combined but only one-tenth of the height of Millsy. Millsy is at a constant height of x − y. If Jean stands exactly one nautical mile away from Lord Scotland, how tall is Imhotep?

2) Eight ladies go to eight shops at eight o'clock in the morning. Each lady wants to buy eight spiders. For each spider, eight spider shoes must also be bought. But they only have eight pounds between them. With each spider costing eight pence and each spider shoe costing an eighth pence each, will the ladies have enough change for the bus ride home? A journey costing eight pence per stop and made up of eight stops.

3) It’s the future and queen Elizabeth the third and queen Elizabeth the fourth are going to a party held by queen Elizabeth the fifth. They're keen to make the right impression so it’s important that they choose their outfits carefully. Queen Elizabeth the third has forty dresses to choose from, where as Queen Elizabeth the fourth has four thousand. Queen Elizabeth the fifth has just one dress, but it has the ability to transform itself into the shape of any dress. The night before the party Queen Elizabeth the fourth’s handmaiden steals the patents to Queen Elizabeth the third’s dresses and working through till dawn makes forty exact replicas. Can you calculate the probability that all three queens will be wearing the same dress at the party and how many times can Queen Elizabeth’s dress change before it overheats?

The answers... Problem One: Imhotep is invisible. Problem Two: The ladies were eight pence short. Problem Three: The party was canceled.