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Topic: POW Solution, Jan. 17-21
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 Problem of the Week Posts: 292 Registered: 12/3/04
POW Solution, Jan. 17-21
Posted: Jan 24, 1994 11:13 AM

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Problem of the Week, January 17-21

Fold a block of eight postage stamps, as indicated below, along the
perforations and without tearing, so as to form a single pile with the
stamps numbered consecutively from top to bottom.

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| 1 | 8 | 2 | 7 |
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| 4 | 5 | 3 | 6 |
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This week's problem was more of a puzzle than a problem, with a
surprising yet simple solution (simple once you knew the answer!).

Ashley Todd & Ila Kavanah Grade 8, Burnaby South Secondary Sch., BC, Canada
Catriona Cheng & Bonita Suen "
Nghiem Vu Grade 10, Fairfield HS, Fairfield, CT

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From: PDALEY@fair1.fairfield.edu

Step 1: Number on both sides of the paper.
Step 2: Fold in half the long way so that you can see the stamps
according to the figure below.
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| 1 | 8 | 2 | 7 |
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Step 3: Form a loop by moving the end with the 7 around the back and
insert in the pocket on the left behind the 1 and in front of the 4.
Step 4: Slide the stamps in until the 7 is on top of the 8.

Fairfield HS
Fairfield, CT

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From: "Jim Swift" <jswift@cln.etc.bc.ca>

The following solution was obtained by Ashley Todd and Ila Kavanah, Grade 8
Students at Burnaby South Secondary School, BC, Canada

Fold the 1 8 2 7 down. Tuck a corner of the 6 between the 5 and 8, then tuck
the 2 between the 4 and 1.
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| Jim Swift, School Phone (604) 664-8560 X1201 |
| Burnaby South 2000 Sec School, |
| Burnaby, BC Canada Home Phone (604) 936-0395 |
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From: "Jim Swift" <jswift@cln.etc.bc.ca>

Fold the stamps along the line between 1 8 2 7 and 4 5 3 6.
Push the 7 and 6 pair between the 1 and 4 pair.
Now push the 7 and 6 pair further in between the 8 and 5 pair tucking the 4
between the 3 and the 5.

Jim Swift
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| Jim Swift, School Phone (604) 664-8560 X1201 |
| Burnaby South 2000 Sec School, |
| Burnaby, BC Canada Home Phone (604) 936-0395 |
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