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Answers to Newsletter Puzzles

We hope you enjoyed solving the festive puzzles published in our December newsletter!

As promised, here are the answers:

1. 12 Days Of Christmas
According to the traditional song, on the first day of Christmas, my true love sent me a partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent me three presents: two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave me six presents: three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. This carries on until the twelfth day of Christmas. After the twelve days of Christmas are over, how many presents has my true love sent me altogether? Is there a quick way to work out the answer?

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1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 + 45 + 55 + 66 + 78 = 364 presents

A quick way to solve this would be to multiply the presents by the number of days it was given and then add them up:

12 Partridges (12 days x 1)
22 Turtle Doves (11 days x 2)
30 French Hens (10 days x 3)
36 Calling Birds (9 days x 4)
40 Gold Rings (8 days x 5)
42 Geese Laying (7 days x 6)
42 Swans swimming (6 days x 7)
40 Maids a Milking (5 days x 8)
36 Ladies dancing (4 days x 9)
30 Lords a Leaping (3 days x 10)
22 Pipers Piping (2 days x 11)
12 Drummers drumming (1 day x 12)

2. Dancer, and Prancer, and Blitzen, and Vixen…
Other than Rudolph, can you name the only one of Santa’s nine reindeer who does not have an ‘E’ in his name?


The reindeer’s name is Cupid.

3. The Christmas Tree Riddle
“I planted five rows of four Christmas trees each,” the man boasted to his boss. The boss looked at him and said, “Are you saying you planted 20 Christmas trees in one day?” “No,” the man said, “I only planted 10 trees.” How did he do it?


He planted the trees in the shape of a five-pointed star, planting one tree on each point where two sides intersect.