There were four football matches taking place on Tuesday evening.

Dave thought the winners would be , , , and .

Nick thought that , , , and would be the winning teams.

John said ", , , and would all win their matches and that would once again score no goals."

Who played who?

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## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Fr D Byrne, St Columb's
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• This is a great starter - I used it with a year 9 class prior to a lesson on trial and improvement and it really got their brains in gear.
• SH, Brighton
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• Am I being completely thick here? I can see how you can work out the 8 teams, but where is the criteria that tells you how to ascertain who played who?
• Mr L, Weeting
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• Start with the simple fact that if every game is taking place Tuesday night, anyone that is listed as a possible winner in one persons list CANNOT be playing each other, since they wouldn't both be able to win.
• Triton Fun Math,
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• I think we are missing some information.
• Harry Beaux, Sheffield
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• With the clues given I got Derby v Bradford and Wolves v Leeds. Not enough info for the other 4 teams.
• King Edwards, Y12
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• Leeds v Bradford, Millwall v Coventry, Wolves v Derby, Crewe v Stoke - we drew out a table and eliminated teams.
• Mr. Edmonds, Year 9s
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• There is definitely enough information to work out the teams, this is a really good 10 minute starter to engage minds, 10/10 would use again!
• Stanley, Plymouth
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• This is a great functional maths/problem solving starter. You can even change the team names.
How to solve it:
1. Establish the names of the 8 teams
2. Draw a two way table with the 8 teams across and down
3. Start working out who cannot play whom (if they are in a list of winners they cannot be playing each other)
4. Once you have a “fixture” you know that team is not playing one of the other teams.
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• A great starter- but Bradford FC will always score goals!!
• J Riley, West Yorks
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• Great starter will definitely use in my next problem solving lesson.
• Noah, Age 14, Hampshire
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• Did it for revision, not too hard.

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