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Maths Reaction [BB322]

7 August, 2011

US puzzler Ed Pegg posted today’s head-scratcher as part of National Public Radio’s excellent Sunday puzzler – a link I can recommend to Dabblers in general.

Ed asked listeners to consider the periodic table’s first nine elements, as listed below. Your challenge is to select one letter per element, moving in sequence down the list, and so create a nine letter word that’s related to mathematics, with no mixing (or compound chemistry) required.

Question being, are you made of the right stuff?

hydrogen
helium
lithium
beryllium
boron
carbon
nitrogen
oxygen
fluorine

[And as a bonus puzzle, what prominent name of sport comprises two chemical symbols side by side?]

Any other chemical conundrums cooking on your back burner?

SOLUTION NEXT WEEK
BB321 SOLUTION: W/asp, f/ox, f/owl, b/ass, t/ern, s/mew, l/izard (the izard is a cousin of the chamois)

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