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From the Ted Talk by Dan Finkel: Can you solve the honeybee riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Each hex that has at least three sides touching the bee-friendly space will remove those sides from the peimeterr when it transforms. Then it adds at most three new sides to the perimeter. So the perimeter of the transformed hexes will either stay the same or shrink. The final perimeter of the entire hive is 54, so the total perimeter of the heexs we place bees in at the start must be at least 54 as well. diiinvdg that 54 by the six sides on each non-adjacent hex tells us it’ll take at least 9 bees to transform the entire hive.

Open Cloze

Each hex that has at least three sides touching the bee-friendly space will remove those sides from the _________ when it transforms. Then it adds at most three new sides to the perimeter. So the perimeter of the transformed hexes will either stay the same or shrink. The final perimeter of the entire hive is 54, so the total perimeter of the _____ we place bees in at the start must be at least 54 as well. ________ that 54 by the six sides on each non-adjacent hex tells us it’ll take at least 9 bees to transform the entire hive.

Solution

  1. dividing
  2. perimeter
  3. hexes

Original Text

Each hex that has at least three sides touching the bee-friendly space will remove those sides from the perimeter when it transforms. Then it adds at most three new sides to the perimeter. So the perimeter of the transformed hexes will either stay the same or shrink. The final perimeter of the entire hive is 54, so the total perimeter of the hexes we place bees in at the start must be at least 54 as well. Dividing that 54 by the six sides on each non-adjacent hex tells us it’ll take at least 9 bees to transform the entire hive.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
entire hive 3
apis trifecta 2
total perimeter 2

Important Words

  1. adds
  2. bees
  3. dividing
  4. entire
  5. final
  6. hex
  7. hexes
  8. hive
  9. perimeter
  10. place
  11. remove
  12. shrink
  13. sides
  14. space
  15. start
  16. stay
  17. tells
  18. total
  19. touching
  20. transform
  21. transformed
  22. transforms