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(editors) Maths teasers


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new Posted: 08:56AM Dec 8, 2012

Hey editors

I got two of my teasers rejected yesterday. One was a duplicate but the other was rejected because it was considered a purely maths question rather than a teaser (ID 49680, 'A Meta-Teaser'). It's not the first time I've got a teaser rejected because of this reason, but I was much more surprised this time than the last (when I checked I had two reject votes, I thought I'd made a mistake in the maths ) because I think this one has quite a bit of brain-teasing element. It does make the reader think (I bet if it had got approved, 90% of the Brainglers who got an answer would have 'no' because they thought quadratic equations can return two roots ).

I've found quite a lot of teasers of the same category on Braingle too (see teasers 193 and 142, for example). On the contrary, I've found a lot of teasers to be purely mathematical (recent examples are 49618 and 49613.)

Do you have a yardstick or a rule of thumb to determine what is purely mathematical and what isn't? Thanks (and sorry if I sound like I'm complaining. )

---This message was edited on 09:15PM Dec 8, 2012---

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