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Tuesday's tortuous, troublesome, tantalising, tricky teaser, I think it's Tuesday)🤔

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Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 07:40:35

Good morning all. Today's question is not too difficult........... I hope.
No skewed squares or distorted images.
Please be gentle with me! wink

Problem strategy: Guess, check and improve

gillybob Tue 07-Apr-20 07:49:20

9x8-9+8 =71

Auntieflo Tue 07-Apr-20 07:52:16

9 x 8 = 72
- 9 = 63
+ 8 = 71

Auntieflo Tue 07-Apr-20 07:53:14

Snap Gilly

Gemini17892 Tue 07-Apr-20 08:04:25

So Marydoll will be sitting in her chair with her 🧙🏻‍♂️ on shouting at the screen ‘ READ THE QUESTION ! NO. YOU CAN’T ADD BRACKETS. ‘ Stamps feet . Waves wand.

I can only do it using 2 sets of brackets. That’s unless I cheat from gillybob who has no business being up so early anyway !

gillybob Tue 07-Apr-20 08:12:15

I was only up early coz the gas fitter was supposed to be here at 8 am Gemini but then he texted to say he couldn’t make it. Grrrrrrr. I’m not used to doing sums before 8 o’clock grin

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 08:41:46

Why wouldn't you add brackets? That's the way to solve it.🤔

BODMAS, remember that? 😁

Pantglas2 Tue 07-Apr-20 08:59:33

Brackets missing


JackyB Tue 07-Apr-20 09:45:17

I would have assumed from the way the question was written that brackets weren't allowed. I've never used bodmas (what does it stand for?)

crazyH Tue 07-Apr-20 09:50:08

The symbol missing is ➗

9x8-9+8= 71

Callistemon Tue 07-Apr-20 09:51:26

BODMAS order of operations:
Brackets, Indices, Divison, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction

crazyH Tue 07-Apr-20 09:53:55

Brackets, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction

Bathsheba Tue 07-Apr-20 10:01:56


Brackets are not needed!

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 10:09:46

Hi all! Thanks for those who tried already.

Just clarify, it's up to individual posters, how they solve it, brackets, BODMAS or some other way.

We all have different learning styles and ways to get to the answer.
I tried to make the question as simple as possible, so posters could do their own thing.

Please don't stress about it, it's not the intention to make people feel bad. It was supposed to be a way of taking our mind off things. I needed to keep my brain active and making up these has been a distraction and good for my wellbeing.
I'm actually being quite selfish, no altruism was intended. wink, grin

EllanVannin Tue 07-Apr-20 10:19:36

As usual I went round the houses to get the answer. 34+37=71

Callistemon Tue 07-Apr-20 10:21:05

Oh ok!

(9 x 8) = 72
72 + 8 = 80
80 - 9 = 71

With a hanging ÷ grin

Which I am trying to use

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 10:49:01

Oh, my fault! blush.
You don't need to use ALL, the symbols. I should have made that clear. I forgot this is a virtual classroom, my real life pupils could read my mind! 🤣

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 13:12:46

Another wee teaser.

gillybob Tue 07-Apr-20 13:15:12

They were struck by lightning ?

Bridgeit Tue 07-Apr-20 13:20:03


gillybob Tue 07-Apr-20 13:23:28

Let it go Bridgeit grin

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 13:24:40

There were no burn marks on them.

The clues are in the open window and the puddle. A bit of imagination needed here.

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 13:25:00

Gilly grin

Marydoll Tue 07-Apr-20 13:26:34

I'm off to watch Doctors. I hope it's on! I will be back later.

Creativity and lateral thinking is the name of the game.

Doodle Tue 07-Apr-20 13:29:56

Hi Miss I’m here. Sorry I’m a bit late but I was still cleaning the boys toilets from yesterday.

My answer to question 2.
Joseph came into the bedroom carrying his nighttime glass of water. His wife Lena had the windows open. We don’t need those open said Joseph it’s far too cold and windy outside we’ll catch our deaths.
Nonsense, said Lena grouchily. A bit of fresh air never did anyone any harm she said as she pushed past him, jogging his elbow and causing him to spill some water on the floor.
Now look what you’ve done said Joseph, going into the bathroom to get some tissue.
Might have known you’d blame me, said Lena, opening the windows even further.
Joseph bent down to clean up the water spill just as Lena turned round from the window. She didn’t see him crouched down and fell backwards over Joseph and banged her head loudly on the floor and lay there unconscious.
Joseph hadn’t seen Lena behind him and was so shocked at the loud bang he jumped up and banged he’s head on the open window frame knocking himself out. It was very cold that night and they both died from hypothermia.

Well that’s my answer Miss. It’s got to be correct, hasn’t it 🤔