The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized on our site under The Odyssey Times. 

Mind-Bending Math
by Kathy Wierenga“Eugene,” Connie said, coming into Whit’s End one morning. “I have a mind game for you.”

“You have a mind game for me?” Eugene was very curious. “Please proceed.”

Connie handed him a piece of paper and a sealed envelope. “Write a three-digit number near the top of the paper, but it can’t end with a zero or start and end with the same number.”

Eugene thought for a moment, and then jotted down a number.

“Reverse the number. For example if the number is 321, then write 123 below it.”

She gave Eugene a minute. “Now look at those two numbers, and find the smaller one. Subtract the smaller number from the larger one.”

Eugene quickly calculated, then looked back to Connie.

“If you’re left with a two-digit number, put a zero in front of it. If it’s a three-digit number, leave it as is.”

Eugene nodded his understanding.

“Under that number, write the reverse of it, and then add them together. Circle the total.”

With a flourish, Eugene circled the final number and smirked at Connie.

“Now open the envelope I gave you at the beginning, and your number will be inside.”

Eugene laughed. “Certainly not. The probability of you guessing it correctly is barely conceivable.”

He quickly tore open the envelope and took out the number. “1,089!” he looked up, shocked. “Unbelievable! How did you know?”

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: Which of Whit’s inventions allows kids to see what might happen in the future?
Whit’s End Wonder: Who played the scarecrow in Kids’ Radio presentation of “The Great Wishy Woz”?
Eu-genius: What was the name of Bethany’s imaginary friend?

Answers: The Room of Consequence allows kids to see the future. Tom Riley played the scarecrow. Bethany’s imaginary friend was named Belinda.


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