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Improbable John Conway/Pizza Hut collaboration for π day

John Conway, here pictured browsing the character table of $Fi_{23}$

Restaurant chain Pizza Hut in the US have announced a promotion for “Pi Day” on March 14, involving an unlikely partnership with renowned group-theorist, Life-wrangler and apparent pizza-lover John Conway. (Apparently, pizza and pie are somehow linked in America. It is probably best not to worry about this.)

Featuring on their blog as the inaugural post under the optimistic tags ‘math‘ and ‘John Conway‘, they explain that three maths puzzles set by Conway will be posted on Pi Day, “varying in level of difficulty from high school to Ph.D. level”. Residents of the 48 contiguous US states can leave their answers in the comments when the puzzles are posted, and the winners receive a 3.14-year supply of pizza (or, as the rules clarify, a somewhat more prosaic $1600 Pizza Hut gift card).

Obviously we will have to wait for the questions to be unveiled to be able to judge the appropriate level of excitement for this promotion, but with Conway involved, no maths-is-really-hard nonsense in the blog post, and not a formula for the perfect anything in sight, things are looking promising for a nice bit of harmless maths/poor childhood diet fun.

More information

Pizza Hut partners with mathematician John H. Conway for National Pi Day math contest – the blog post announcing the competition

John Conway on Wikipedia

Puzzlebomb – March 2016

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Puzzlebomb is a monthly puzzle compendium. Issue 51 of Puzzlebomb, for March 2016, can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 51 – March 2016

The solutions to Issue 51 can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 51 – March 2016 – Solutions

Previous issues of Puzzlebomb, and their solutions, can be found at Puzzlebomb.co.uk.

GCHQ Christmas puzzles winners and solutions announced

GCHQ nonogram puzzle

The first puzzle is a super-fun 25×25 nonogram puzzle

Before Christmas, the benign megasurveillance bods at GCHQ released a set of festive puzzles, in the form of a Christmas card and associated website. An initial nonogram puzzle led to a sequence of increasingly fiendish teasers, and solvers of the final set of puzzles were invited to email in their answers, with the correctest winning a fancy paperweight, signed book and, GCHQ were at pains to stress, not an Imitation-Game-style secret job offer.

Puzzlebomb – February 2016

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Puzzlebomb is a monthly puzzle compendium. Issue 50 of Puzzlebomb, for February 2012, can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 50 – February 2016

The solutions to Issue 50 can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 50 – February 2016 – Solutions

Previous issues of Puzzlebomb, and their solutions, can be found at Puzzlebomb.co.uk.

Puzzlebomb – January 2016

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Puzzlebomb is a monthly puzzle compendium. Issue 49 of Puzzlebomb, for January 2016, can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 49 – January 2016

The solutions to Issue 49 can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 49 – January 2016 – Solutions

Previous issues of Puzzlebomb, and their solutions, can be found at Puzzlebomb.co.uk.

Puzzlebomb – December 2015

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Puzzlebomb is a monthly puzzle compendium. Issue 48 of Puzzlebomb, for December 2015, can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 48 – December 2015

The solutions to Issue 48 can be found here:

Puzzlebomb – Issue 48 – December 2015 – Solutions

Previous issues of Puzzlebomb, and their solutions, can be found at Puzzlebomb.co.uk.

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