Paul reveals his selection of the greatest lateral thinkers in history. Some of the choices surprise Des. All the stories are taken from the book, Think Like an Innovator, published by Pearson. Also the solution to the previous puzzle and a new lateral thinking puzzle.
Professor of Mathematics Des MacHale chooses his six top mathematicians. He tells why he chose them, their impact on the world and some human stories about them. We set a puzzzle from Mathematical Lateral Thinking Puzzles - Can you list 100 consecutive integers, none of which is prime?
We discuss the strange world of coincidences ranging from births and deaths to dreams and meetings. Is it just chance or are there mysterious forces at work? We give the answers to the puzzles in the last episode and we set a lovely new puzzle - If I have a bee in my hand, what do I have in my eye?
We examine some words of Irish origin in the English language including trousers, tory, kibosh and craic. Taken from 1234 Wacky, Witty and Wonderful Words. Also two puzzles. What is the only English word ending in MT? What word has six letters but if you take away one letter you are left with twelve?
Des introduces three recent books. 1001 Silly Questions features funny, provocative or silly questions. The Official Boris Johnson Joke Book is hot off the press. Number and Letter Puzzles includes many puzzles of the 26 L of the EA type. There is a solution to the vanishing town puzzle. And a new puzzle; what is 59 B on an R?
Des and Paul share some super riddles from the book, Kick Yourself Puzzles, published by Sterling Publishing.
A riddle for listeners:
Moses was the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter,
He was also the daughter of the Pharaoh’s son.
How can this be?
Answer in the next podcast.
Paul and Des discuss some wonderful words ranging from banshee to crepuscular. They tell a couple of jokes and Des poses a new lateral thinking puzzle for Paul to chew over. Puzzle for listeners, find an anagram for THE CLASSROOM.
Des and Paul chat about unusual words, palindromes, anagrams, jokes and much more. It features items from their book, World's Best Word Puzzles, which is a delight for word lovers everywhere. The book has some 320 quiz questions and word puzzles.
Puzzle for listeners. Which word starts with seven consonants and ends with nine?
Answer in next podcast.
Our two co-conspirators, Des and Paul, discuss some fiendish lateral puzzles. Drawn from the book Remarkable Lateral Thinking Puzzles and from the website www.lateralpuzzles.com where you can set and solve such puzzles in a forum.
Puzzle for listeners. A couple bought something nice but looked at it only once or twice a year. Why?