Our first puzzle appears in Episode 1. Select the text below if you want to read a hint.
Try selecting the first bullet point alone, see if that helps. If not, select the first two, etc. The answer isn’t really important. The whole point is to enjoy the process of working on a puzzle.
Think of a triangle with endpoints at the centers of all three coins.
What’s its area?
What’s the area of a circle?
What’s a 6th of that?
Can you recreate the shape in question by adding and subtracting areas?
The answer to puzzle 1 is in Episode 2.
The white circle at the center of this image is our solar system, out to Neptune. The proposed new planet’s orbit is the huge orange ellipse on the right side. Image Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt.
Episode 1 is up! The Recent Paper is:
Batygin, K. and M. E. Brown. 2016. Evidence for a distant giant planet in the solar system. The Astronomical Journal 151(2).
And the Decent Puzzle is called “The Three Coins.” Hints will be posted 24 hours after this one, and the solution will be part of the next podcast episode.
The podcast officially launches on Monday, March 28, but you can already download the first episode
here. We will post clues about the first puzzle (“three coins”) 24 hours after launch. Good luck!
Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is hosted by Dan Riskin, and produced by Meagan Perry. It’s a podcast with two parts: First, Dan breaks down a recent scientific journal article for the curious non-expert. Then Dan presents a fun puzzle.
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