A Christmas Puzzle

A Christmas Puzzle

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me …

You all know the song, Five Gold Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree etc.

But what I want to know is, in total, how many gifts did my true love give me over the twelve days of Christmas?

Answers on a postcard … (or in the comments section!)

Two Turtle Doves
Two Turtle Doves

Thinking Caps on and Merry Christmas!

(pictures courtesy of dots and spots)

Spoiler alert: If you want to see the solution, click here, but why not try and solve the problem yourself first.

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  1. Posted 20/12/2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    OK – I will have a go with 364 items

    Although what I am going to do with 42 swans a swimming I have no idea!


    • A Maths Teacher
      Posted 20/12/2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Congratulations Geoff – you’re spot on.

      And given the weather we’ve been having of late, I’d have thought that 42 swans a swimming was the perfect gift!

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