Summer 2011 Brainteaser winners and answers

Well done to all the winners and runners up who submitted entries to the Forsight Summer 2011 challenge. 

We thought this last Brainteaser was extremely difficult, and couldn't believe anyone could possibly get 90. Amazingly,  two did and the winner – an old friend of ours – scored a miraculous 97.  How he managed it we really don’t know. A further five scored over 80.  The prizewinners were:

1st with 97: C.T. Chantler, of Bath – £50
2nd with 91; Jean Baker, of Chesterfield – £30
Joint 3rd with 86.5 – and sharing the £20 prize – are Diane Humble, of York
and Margaret Donald of Aberdeenshire.   

Then came:

83     Mr and Mrs G.T.Jones
82.5  Jane Tann
82     Mr and Mrs A. Sanders
81.5  Brian Penketh
81     Barbara Murphy (2nd Attempt)
79     Barbara Murphy (1st Attempt)
78     Mrs D. Rock
77.5  Mrs K. Damen
77     Brian Stone
76.5  Prof. Graham Whitehouse
75.5  Mrs Jean Redsell
75     Dr David  O’Halloran
75     Mr K.W. Beech
71.5  Linda Robson
70.5  Gill Wickes
65     Mr and Mrs T. Kane

Entrants came from all over Britain and only two clues defeated everyone… 

55 is “ECT:  Eleven Choose Two”, i.e. the number of pairs which can be chosen from 11.  (Use your calculator to find “superscript 11 C subscript 2”). 

83 is “Parts to Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah”, a code of Jewish law roughly equivalent to the Bible.

And now… to check out all the other clues which drove you potty all summer – click here to download the solution (188kb PDF). This is the last brainteaser that the incomparable David Lennard is going to compile for Forsight, but if enough followers plead with us(!) we will try to find something similarly devilish for you all for Christmas.

Thanks to you all – buying our brainteasers, raffle tickets, cakes, plants and jams has helped raise the £150,000 for the wonderful EYESI Simulator in just under two years. So when you have finished checking these solutions – take a bow!

The Eye Team at Arrowe Park Hospital are keen to buy more equipment to keep them at the forefront of eye care, so Forsight will be continuing raising funds to help save sight in Wirral and beyond.

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