Blog post # 174:

(174 = 2*29*3.)

Totality Turned Transformatively

Illogical Completion

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Anna Graham puzzles:

1) How do I feel about the fact that "sin is dead"?

(2 words.)

2) Which direction is "old again"?

(1 word.)

(Answers at bottom of this post.)

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Poem (written today):

In An Entropic Knot

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Entangled in an entropic knot,

in thoughts halved

And in truths doubled,

a spiral upon a spiral

Is. The mess is hollowed

yet filled with strings and

Erroneous imagination

-- they curl and loop

And linger weirdly.

Yes, they congregate and

contemplate this hypothesis

Of scribbled swirls each unscribbled,

each formed from

Such infuriating filaments, ha.

Ah, entangled in

The pairing of spirals unequal,

there, that reality

Is eventual, despite

its causality. Entangled in

The selfishness of zeroness,

we are introspective.

For, we perceive those strands

and knots thus,

Perceive those spirals to be

inanimate but unpurposeful,

Perceive these winding existences

to be sequential

Yet summed and sometimes

multiplied, and

Sometimes strung into

such chaos, into such attachment

And complication folded as

all is tied, sometimes strung

Into our vain completion

-- therefore it is quite erosive,

Is quite an illogical mixture.

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Number puzzle:

Write 1 through 9 in a 3-by-3 pattern as so:

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

Starting at any given integer in the array, move from integer to adjacent integer by going up, down, left, or right (never diagonally) after each integer. No number is visited more than once, and some numbers may be not visited at all. You can end anywhere.

The variable n first equals the number you start with.

Every time the path goes up or down, add the number you land on to n. (The number before this in the path was above or below this number.)

Every time the path goes left or right, multiply n by the number you land on. (The number before this in the path was left or right of this number.)

After you finish, the value of n should be 396.

What path did you take?

Note: If doing this on a calculator, be sure to hit = after every step, so that the calculator doesn't follow order-of-operation (which is doing multiplications before sums, which would be wrong for this puzzle).

(I don't know how many solutions there are, but I doubt there is more than one.)

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Answers to anagram puzzles:

1) sad inside

2) diagonal

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Thanks,

Leroy Quet

## Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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