# Problematics | Poker cards with a dash of chemistry

Oct 25, 2022 02:55 PM IST

## This week’s puzzles remain mildly challenging, like most of the previous ones.

On Diwali, would you have preferred simpler puzzles that wouldn’t take up too much of your time? My guess is that those who love puzzles will solve them anyway and still find time to celebrate the festival. This week’s puzzles, therefore, remain mildly challenging, like most of the previous ones.

The first one is about poker, the card game. We may go into the detailed rules in future puzzles. For today, all one needs to know is that a poker hand consists of five cards, and that the winner is the player who holds the “best combination” as defined by the rules.

 #Puzzle 9.2 The chemical symbols for five elements use a total of six letters. If you write these six letters one after the other in a certain order, you will get the full name of one of these elements. What are the elements? This shouldn’t take much of your time. Have a Happy Diwali.
 MAILBOX: LAST WEEK’S SOLVERS #Puzzle 8.1  Sir, It will take 7 trips. 1st trip: Man (78 kg) come down with the help of woman (66 kg) plus 6 kg belongings 2nd trip: Chimpanzee (36 kg) comes down with help of 30 kg bundle 3rd trip: Bundle (30 kg) comes down 4th trip: Woman comes down with the help of chimpanzee and 24 kg belongings 5th trip: The 24 kg bundle comes down 6th trip: Chimpanzee comes down with the help of the 30 kg bundle 7th trip: 30 kg bundle comes down  — Arnav Singh, DPS Indirapuram I adapted #Puzzle 8.1 from ‘The Captive Queen’, which appears in The Collected Works of Lewis Carroll, but which I gather was not a puzzle Carroll had created himself. I replaced the Queen with the male climber, the Queen’s daughter with the female climber, the Queen’s son with the chimpanzee, and a dead weight with a bundle of belongings. If the 30 kg in our puzzle were a dead weight, there would have been no acceptable solution given the other weights chosen. But a bundle of belongings gave us the freedom to manipulate its contents. #Puzzle 8.2 The movie is Rocky. CY are in Candy; OC are in Havoc; RO are in Rambo; RK are in Shrek; KY are in Yanks. —  K Sridhar, Navi Mumbai Ravinder Gahlout identifies the movie as SCORN. While that is an obscure film, it has to be counted as correct.
 Solved both puzzles: Arnav Singh (DPS Indirapuram), K Sridhar (Navi Mumbai), Nipun Bamania (Mumbai), Gaganjot Kaur (Mohali), Geetansha Gera (Faridabad), Ravinder Gahlout (Faridabad), Madhuri Patwardhan (Thane), Ayush Tandon (Delhi Technological University), Col (Dr) J S Sabharwal (Mohali), Sandeep Bhateja (Hoshiarpur) Solved #Puzzle 8.1: Gopal Menon (Mumbai), Sudesh Chandra Dogra Solved #Puzzle 8.2: Dipendar Singh, Yash Fulfagar, Eva Anchal, Hardik Goel, Raunaq Nayar (Delhi), Jatin Davis (Jamia Millia Islamia), Sishir Gupta (Indore), Jasvinder Singh (Nabha), Avanti Kashikar (Mumbai)
 Solved both puzzles: Arnav Singh (DPS Indirapuram), K Sridhar (Navi Mumbai), Nipun Bamania (Mumbai), Gaganjot Kaur (Mohali), Geetansha Gera (Faridabad), Ravinder Gahlout (Faridabad), Madhuri Patwardhan (Thane), Ayush Tandon (Delhi Technological University), Col (Dr) J S Sabharwal (Mohali), Sandeep Bhateja (Hoshiarpur) Solved #Puzzle 8.1: Gopal Menon (Mumbai), Sudesh Chandra Dogra Solved #Puzzle 8.2: Dipendar Singh, Yash Fulfagar, Eva Anchal, Hardik Goel, Raunaq Nayar (Delhi), Jatin Davis (Jamia Millia Islamia), Sishir Gupta (Indore), Jasvinder Singh (Nabha), Avanti Kashikar (Mumbai)

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Puzzles Editor Kabir Firaque is the author of the weekly column Problematics. A journalist for three decades, he also writes about science and mathematics.

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