jenni939706 and db1986's Mad Marathon Competition Question 1: What Comes Next? - Speedy Award Brainy Award Timing Award Something nice and easy to start. Using the previous elements in the sequence, decipher what comes next in the sequence and explain why. The number of question marks following the sequence indicates how many characters you should provide for your answer. 1. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, ?? 2. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ?? 3. Angel, Old Street, Moorgate, Bank, ?????? ?????? 4. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, ? 5. J, F, M, A, M, ? 6. E, F#, G#, A#, C, ? 7. 98, 77, 56, 35, ?? 8. Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, ?? 9. 19, 4, 18, 1, 23, 11, 3, 1, ? 10. I, V, X, L, C, ? 11. 30, 31, 31, 28, 30, 31, ?? 12. 17, 23, 5, 18, 20, ?? 13. H, Li, C, Ne, P, ?? 14. 100000, 90000, 72000, 50400, 30240, ????? 15. 3, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, ? 16. PS, CoS, PoA, ??? 17. A, D, G, J, M, P, T, ? 18. 7, 19, 37, 53, ?? 19. op, en, su, ns, rj, sm, he, sv, ?? 20. 9, 19, 11, 5, 20, 3, ? 21. 10.11, 101.10, 1000.01, 1011.00, 1101.11, 10000.10, 10011.01, ?????.?? 22. 11, 14, 9, 12, 5, 20, ? 23. oe, o, ee, ou, ie, i, ee, ei, ie, e, ??? 24. A, AA, BA, ABAA, AAABBA, CABBAA, ACAABBBA, ?????????? 25. JM, M, R, FJ, MM, ?? Scoring: 1 point per correct next element in the sequence, 1 point per correct explanation for the sequence. (Max = 50) This question will close at 3:00pm on Monday 15th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: 7:00am on Monday 15th February Western USA time (UTC-8:00) 9:00am on Monday 15th February Central USA time (UTC-6:00) 10:00am on Monday 15th February Eastern USA time (UTC-5:00) 3:00pm on Monday 15th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) 8:30pm on Monday 15th February India time (UTC+5:30) 11:00pm on Monday 15th February Western Australia time (UTC+8:00) 1:00am on Tuesday 16th February Eastern Australia time (UTC+10:00) Edit: Please remember that entries should be PM'ed to the person posting the question

where do we post answers? I hope Jenni understands geometric and arithmetic series for my explanations

1) im not grading this one tyvm. db is XD u can pm ur stuff to me all you want but until db's pm box gets filled, i'll just ignore urs nino 2) i know series. math is my strong point thx. 3) dont underestimate me please and onto the next one: Question 2: Dear Valentine - Timing Award Love is in the air, it's time for a drawing round. Simply draw any depiction of the word "Valentine" as you see fit. You may hand-draw your image or use any image-editing software, provided that all elements in your image are drawn by yourself. You may also write letters in order to depict signs, conversations and feelings. All images may be of any reasonable size for the forum and must comply with normal forum posting rules. Once this question has closed, a poll will be created for you to vote for your favourite/favorite (i refuse to exclude my own spellings thx) images. Scoring: You will score 25 points on receipt of your picture. Poll scoring will be detailed once the question is closed. (Max = ??) Honourable Mention: An Honourable Mention will be awarded to the forumite who attains the most votes in the poll. This question will close at 4:00pm on Friday 19th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: 8:00am on Friday 19th February Western USA time (UTC-8:00) 10:00am on Friday 19th February Central USA time (UTC-6:00) 11:00am on Friday 19th February Eastern USA time (UTC-5:00) 4:00pm on Friday 19th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) 9:30pm on Friday 19th February India time (UTC+5:30) 12:00am on Saturday 20th February Western Australia time (UTC+8:00) 2:00am on Saturday 20th February Eastern Australia time (UTC+10:00) xoxo <3 for all Love, Jen

Question 3: Number Chain - Speedy Award Brainy Award Timing Award Follow the chain of clues and calculate their numerical answers. Once you have solved all the clues given, follow the sequence of mathematical operators in order to calculate the final result. At the end of each question are four options. You should match your resulting number to one of these options. In each question only one option will be possible. _____________________ 1. The most recent year of the dragon in the Chinese calendar - the year of the first moon landing + the number on the shirt of David Beckham when he played for Real Madrid - the only even prime number is equal to: A. An even number B. A prime number C. A negative number D. A square number _____________________ 2. The value for each player at the deuce situation in tennis - the total number of spots on a regular die - the total number of pawns on a chessboard at the start of a game of chess x the number of sides on a heptagon is equal to: A. A prime number B. A multiple of 3 C. A cube number D. An even number _____________________ 3. The day in January on which Australia Day is celebrated - the number of balls pitched in 3 overs in cricket x the probability of choosing an 8 from a regular pack of cards which has one 7 and one ace missing x the number of seconds in 2½ minutes is equal to: A. The number of "Years On" according to Digitonal's song B. The age at which Katharine Hepburn died C. The largest prime number that is less than 100 D. MMMCMXLVIII ÷ XLII _____________________ 4. The difference in number of strokes between an albatross and a double bogey in golf x the radius of a circle that has an area of 36pi units + the value of double unity - the second cube number is equal to: A. The atomic number of Manganese B. The ninth number in the Fibonacci sequence C. The second perfect number D. The largest number in row 6 of Pascal's Triangle _____________________ 5. The number of letters in the name of the longest Welsh train station x the length of a crotchet compared to a minim in music - the number of carats in pure gold x the value of a + b in the simultaneous equations, 7a - 8b = 31 and 3a + 5b = 47 is equal to: A. The ASCII code for "B" B. The number of minutes in 1.1 hours C. 3 x the number on Michael Jordan's basketball vest D. The equivalent decimal number for hexadecimal "41" _____________________ 6. The highest score using 3 darts on a regular dartboard ÷ The number of factors the number 12 has + The number of colours in the rainbow - The number of books in the New Testament is equal to: A. The number of different piano keys in 1 octave B. The house number of the UK's Prime Minister C. The number of candles on a Menorah D. The number of hours in 0.375 days _____________________ 7. The value of "clickety-click" in Bingo - The freezing point of water in degrees Fahrenheit + The number of sides on 2 circles - The number of days in which God made the world is equal to: A. The number of days in February 1944 B. The number of days in September 1945 C. The number of days in June 1946 D. The number of days in February 1947 _____________________ 8. The number of days in 8 years ÷ The number of verb endings in Spanish + The number of days of Lent - 2 x the number of world continents is equal to: A. A number divisible by 7 B. The number of bytes in a KB C. The emergency services phone number in the UK D. A valid binary number _____________________ 9. The first number that contains an 'a' in its spelling x The first prime number - The value of legs in Bingo - The highest number to get a valid "checkout" in darts is equal to: A. A prime number B. A number divisible by 3 C. The birth year of Britain's longest serving monarch D. Charles Darwin's birth year _____________________ 10. The year that the Moonlight Sonata was completed - The number of cards in your hand when shouting "Uno!" ÷ The number of carats in a 75% gold ring - The number "trois" is equal to: A. A prime number B. XLVIII C. A number divisible by 3 D. The state route number from Red Bluff to Wheeler Ridge _____________________ Scoring: 3 points per correct option. (Max = 30) You will lose 2 points per incorrect option. You will not gain or lose any points if you do not select an option. Hint: One incorrect option will be removed at random from every question, thus reducing your choice to 3 options per question. This question will close at 6:00am on Sunday 21st February UK and Ireland time (UTC) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: 9:00pm on Saturday 20th February Western USA time (UTC-8:00) 11:00pm on Saturday 20th February Central USA time (UTC-6:00) 12:00am on Sunday 21st February Eastern USA time (UTC-5:00) 6:00am on Sunday 21st February UK and Ireland time (UTC) 11:30am on Sunday 21st February India time (UTC+5:30) 2:00pm on Sunday 21st February Western Australia time (UTC+8:00) 4:00pm on Sunday 21st February Eastern Australia time (UTC+10:00)

sorry guys, but it is a marathon XD this'll be (hopefully) the last one for the next week? :$ Question 4: Word Trail - Speedy Award Brainy Award Timing Award In each of the 3 lists, find a suitable word to fit with each of the 15 clues. The last letter of the previous word must be identical to the first letter of the next word. Example: A farm animal - Pig, A character from Lord of the Rings - Gandalf, A part of a whale - Fin, etc. There are many suitable words that you can choose from for each clue, and I will accept any complete 15 clue solutions that fit. ...............List A...........................................................List B...........................................................List C ''1. A citrus fruit............................................1. An Olympic throwing style event..........'..'.......'..1. A room in the house ''2. A human body part..............................''''...2. A synonym for the word "zero"................'.........2. A head movement ''3. A flavour of jam...............................'........3. A type of material...........................'.......'.......3. A form of currency ''4. A type of boat..............................''..........4. A game played with a bat and ball..........''....'.....4. An emotion ''5. A method of transport.....................''.........5. A road sign...........................................'.'.....5. A type of weather ''6. A piece of tennis equipment............'...........6. A type of punctuation......................''.......'......6. A chemical element ''7. A piece of furniture...................................7. A household animal.............................'''..........7. A unit of distance ''8. A type of tree....................'......''..............8. A colour/color...............................................''......8. An animal ''9. A unit of time...................................'.......9. A compass direction.........................''.....''.......9. A musical term 10. A synonym for the word "same"........''''.......10. A body organ.........................................'.....10. A human sense 11. An African country's name.................''......11. A computer peripheral......................''............11. A moon's name in the Milky Way 12. A sign of the zodiac...........................'.....12. A type of pitch surface....................'..'...''......12. A historical battle's location 13. A form of clothing.....................'.....'...''....13. A country's symbol.................................''.....13. A number that is less than 100 14. A musical intrument...................''...'...''.....14. A measure of weight.....................................14. A Harry Potter spell 15. A single digit number.........................'......15. A type of family relationship.................''.........15. A vegetable Scoring: 1 point per word found whose first and last letters match the first and last letters of its adjacent words. (Max = 45) Hint: You will receive the first letters of all the words in one list. (Please PM the list number if you wish to receive this hint.) This question will close at 11:00am on Saturday 27th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: 3:00am on Saturday 27th February Western USA time (UTC-8:00) 4:00am on Saturday 27th February Central USA time (UTC-6:00) 6:00am on Saturday 27th February Eastern USA time (UTC-5:00) 11:00am on Saturday 27th February UK and Ireland time (UTC) 4:30pm on Saturday 27th February India time (UTC+5:30) 7:00pm on Saturday 27th February Western Australia time (UTC+8:00) 9:00pm on Saturday 27th February Eastern Australia time (UTC+10:00) <3 good luckkk -Jen

Time for the next one Question 5: Perfect Fit - Timing Award Fit each set of shapes into each grid respectively. Each shape may be rotated but not flipped in any way. If you fit the shapes in a certain way, the names of a few forumites can be spelled from left to right, top to bottom in each grid. If you would like to be e-mailed the Excel file to complete, please PM your e-mail address to db1986. Scoring: 1 point per filled grid, 3 points per filled grid in order that the forumite names can be read in the correct way and 1 point per correct forumite name found. (Max = ??) Hint: You will receive the first letters of all the forumite names in 2 grids. (Please PM the 2 grid numbers if you wish to receive this hint.) This question will close at 9:00pm on Monday 8th March UK and Ireland time (UTC) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: 1:00pm on Monday 8th March Western USA time (UTC-8:00) 3:00pm on Monday 8th March Central USA time (UTC-6:00) 4:00pm on Monday 8th March Eastern USA time (UTC-5:00) 9:00pm on Monday 8th March UK and Ireland time (UTC) 2:30am on Tuesday 9th March India time (UTC+5:30) 5:00am on Tuesday 9th March Western Australia time (UTC+8:00) 7:00am on Tuesday 9th March Eastern Australia time (UTC+10:00)

Question 6: Crossword Puzzle - Timing Award All the 34 forumite names from all 7 small grids of Question 5 provide a list for the forumite names in the larger 21x18 grid. Fit the 42 3x3 squares to complete a crossword containing 33 of these forumite names. There is one forumite that is found in Question 5 but not found in this 21x18 grid. If you would like to be e-mailed the Excel file to complete, please PM your e-mail address to db1986. Scoring: 1 point per 3x3 square in the correct position, 3 points for the correct unfeatured forumite name. (Max = 45) This question will close at 44:00 on ....some day... ....sometime.... in the future... i'll get back to you on that EDIT: if you guys want, you can email the excel file to me at jen939708@live.com

Question 7: Easter Eggspressions - Timing Award How about another round of drawing? Simply draw your interpretation of the word "Easter". Just as before you may hand-draw your image or use any image-editing software, provided that all elements in your image are drawn by yourself. You may also write letters in order to depict signs, conversations and feelings. All images may be of any reasonable size for the forum and must comply with normal forum posting rules. Once this question has closed, a poll will be created for you to vote for your favourite images. Scoring: You will score 25 points on receipt of your picture. Poll scoring will be detailed once the question is closed. (Max = ??) Honourable Mention: An Honourable Mention will be awarded to the forumite who attains the most votes in the poll. This question will close at 3:00pm on Sunday 11th April UK and Ireland time (UTC+1:00) According to www.timeanddate.com/worldclock, this equates to: Note: The UK is now in BST, the USA is now in DST and the majority of Australia is now in EST. The following times have been adjusted accordingly, the correct times are displayed for the following regions. If you are unsure, please check www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html for details on your region. 7:00am on Sunday 11th April Western USA time (UTC-7:00) 9:00am on Sunday 11th April Central USA time (UTC-5:00) 10:00am on Sunday 11th April Eastern USA time (UTC-4:00) 3:00pm on Sunday 11th April UK and Ireland time (UTC+1:00) 7:30pm on Sunday 11th April India time (UTC+5:30) 9:00pm on Sunday 11th April Western Australia time (UTC+7:00) 11:00pm on Sunday 11th April Eastern Australia time (UTC+9:00)