Minus' Solution to

Stupid, Cupid!
Posted February 3 - 9, 1997

If the time is between 8:30 and 9:00, the first digit in the time must be 8.

The other two digits are even, so they must be 2 and 4.
8 + 2 + 4 = 14

Which means Cupid releases his arrows at 8:42.

Your Solutions

Three 7th grade Math students from Robert Smalls Middle School in Beaufort, South Carolina came up the sweetest of treats for Minus. This first one is from Stacy Adams:

Cupid starts shooting his arrows at 8:42. This is why.
You first take 8:40 and add up the digits. Then you take 8:42 and add up the digits. You canít use any times in the 8:30ís or 8:50ís because all of the digits have to be even. When you add 8 + 4 + 2, you get 14.

Telia Herndon, of Robert Smalls Middle School, gave Minus this thoroughly delicious answer to spoil his fickle palate.

You know that the hour is going to be 8. So, take 8 and start adding. You know that the answer is going to be in 8:40s because the digits have to be even. So, that means it has to be 8:42, 8:46, or 8:48.
8 + 4 + 2 = 14. That is your answer.
8 + 4 + 6 = 18 and 8 + 4 + 8 = 18 so they cannot be your answer.
Cupid starts shooting arrows at 8:42.

Jason Baldwin is back with another chart. Minus likes creative applications in his meals.

You should first make a chart with all the times and then add the digits in each time then go over all the numbers and see if there are any 14ís there. Then check the times.
8:33, 8:42, and 8:51 should be the only times whose digits equals 14, but 8:33 has odd numbers and two of the digits are the same and 8:51 has odd digits.
So 8:42 is the time the Cupid starts shooting arrows. 8:42 has no two digits the same and no odd numbers.

Sara Berg added some "saucy" reasoning to accompany Minus' lovely entree.

The time is 8:42.....8, 4, 2,are even, and they add up to 14. The time is also between 8:30 and 9:00.

Gail Standing-Forsyth [gstan.for@thezone.net] fed our mascot a mouth-watering side order to munch on:

The next time after 8:30am which contians all even digits is 8:40. The next even digit time which adds up to 14 is 8:42 (8 + 4 + 2). Cupid starts shooting his magic arrows at 8:42am.

Bobby Edwards [BobbyE@webtv.net] added a bit of relish to the meal with his simple explanation:
The time was 8:42 A.M. Because 8 + 4 + 2 = 14, and the digits are even and all different.

Minus would also like to acknowledge chefs that came up with the just the right amount of spice (i.e. the right answer), but forgot to give their solutions a good cookin'. Minus is awfully fearful of food poisoning.
Patrick McBurnie [patrick.mcburnie1@pei.sympatico.ca]
Marc Fogal of Pekin School District 108
Courtney Klassen [Klassenc@meena.cc.uregina.ca]
Mariko Kawamoto of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Merci beaucoup, mes amis!

Good thing our math
shark isn't counting calories!