Can you draw 4 straight lines, without taking your pencil off the paper, which pass through all 9 roses?

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

• Year 9, Wilmslow High School
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• Where is the answer to the 16 flowers?
• Transum,
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• Here's a clue to get you started. Number the flowers from 1 to 16 in the normal way. The first line passes through flowers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and extends slightly beyond the edge of the square. The second line then passes throught 8, 11 and 14 and also extends slightly beyond the edge of the square.
Can you complete the other four lines given this start? The full answer is available to Transum subscribers below.
• Stacey, Student Teacher
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• Can you cross a flower more than once?

[Transum: Yes Stacey, you can.]
• Transum,
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• This is one mathematical challenge that can be solved by literally thinking outside the box! You'll know what I mean when you find the answer.

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## Extension

Can you draw 6 straight lines, without taking your pencil off the paper, which pass through all 16 flowers:

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#### Bridge Crossing

Here are the six islands of Transumberg connected by nine bridges. Can you find a route, starting on any of the islands, that crosses each bridge once?
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#### Without Lifting The Pencil

Can you draw these diagrams without lifting your pencil from the paper? This is an interactive version of the traditional puzzle.