29 January 2011


Every Friday we like to attempt the Friday puzzle on Prof. Wiseman's blog. Usually we do OK...and we find we have more success if we refer to ourselves in the third person as it's like drawing on a collective intelligence.

This week's puzzle has got us all stumped though, especially me. The poser is this; in what sense is this order of the numbers from 1 to 10 palindromic?

1 ..4 ..3 ..5 ..10 ..2 ..6 ..9 ..8 ..7

I just can't figure it out. How is this palindromic people? How HOW?? IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!

I thought maybe it had something to do with 1 and 7 being prime numbers, 4 & 8 being divisible by 2, 3 and 9 being divisible by 3 and so on, but then we have 5 and 6 and our theory is destroyed. I fear it is something very simple and I'm looking so far beyond the obvious I may never solve it. Try it yourself.

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In the meantime..I was just watching Thunderbirds...awesome! International Rescue were able to save the day which was fantastic because for a minute when the music got all dramatic, I did start to wonder. Makes you wonder really. I mean I know they're not affiliated to the US Government, but what would we do without Americans saving us all the time?

What if no one had ever discovered America and the whole country was just populated by those silly Indians in tee-pees still, all girly long hair and dancing about in feathers. This blog would be in German for one thing.

Anyway, so the Tracy brothers - three of them have got blonde hair and two of them dark brown hair!? The two eldest brothers have the dark hair. This suggests to me that there's been some extra-marital nookie in Daddy Tracy's past.

Is Lady Penelope the mother of the blonde brothers? Is that like one of the sub-plots of the series? The boys think Mummy Tracy tragically died, but really she's the posh sort they all secretly fantasise about and would take their turns with in the pool house if Gerry Anderson ever diversified into puppet bongo films.

This explains why Daddy Tracy was more upset with John than Scott when he found them both wearing Lady Penelope's underwear and experimenting with their urges together. Suddenly it all becomes clear. If only I could unravel the mysteries of Wiseman's puzzle as easily.

Scott Tracey pondering a healthy sexual fantasy yesterday

Blonde haired John Tracy, sporting a pink sash
wrestling with his Oedipal thoughts yesterday

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