The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Number 37

From the clues given can you correctly label the towns A to F and answer the following questions?

  • Town B is south of town A and northeast of town C
  • Town D is west of town F and northwest of town C
  1. Which town is north of town F?
  2. Which town is southeast of town E?
  3. Which town is south of town F?
  4. Which town is southwest of town E?

Answers on Friday!

Vel.

P.S. As you probably noticed, I finally (after about three months) released the next section of my Memoirs series. I am still continuing to write it! It just takes time, that’s all, so don’t give up hope just yet.

Memoirs: Moving On

In which Veliaf leaves Northshire Valley for the wider world.

The freezing morning air numbed Veliaf’s fingers and shocked his lungs as he stepped out of the inn to face the new day. The sun had risen not long ago and a chill mist, not yet dispersed by wind or heat, still hung above the dew-covered grasses of Northshire Valley. The ground was hard and crisp underfoot, probably signifying the beginnings of a frost, and the moon was still faintly visible in the clear sky. Temperatures in the Valley had dropped dramatically with the recent transition into November, and many in the settlement were now preparing for the harsh winter months as autumn faded away.

Leaving the frosted windows of the inn behind him, Veliaf strode across the barren forecourt and out onto the road, turning south and heading for the trail which would lead down towards the hills and, eventually, the exit from the Valley. It was a shame – he liked the area, with its peaceful vineyards and its cosy community, but mercenaries generally could not afford the luxury of staying for too long in one place. Issues of  reputation aside, the absence of work meant that he would not be able to afford his keep for the winter, and so regrettably he would have to move on and try to find a job elsewhere. Pulling his leather gloves tighter onto his hands, he strode on.

He had been walking for maybe forty minutes, following the stream which had earlier flowed by the Abbey and now gushed alongside the path, when he spotted the guard post in the distance which signalled the boundary between Northshire Valley and the rest of Elwynn Forest. The air was still chillingly cold, and the two lone guards were seated around a small fire just off to one side of the path. As Veliaf, approached, they stood up, chain-mail clanking, and the near one spoke:

“Now then sir, leavin’ for the forest are we, eh? What’ll be your business there then, eh?” The guard’s young features twisted into a suspicious frown.

“Well right now I am headed for the nearest stable to purchase a horse. Either of you two gentlemen care to direct me?” Veliaf replied curtly, annoyed at the interruption.

“How’s about I tell you that when you tell me what your business really is, eh? It’s almost winter. Most people don’t like t’ travel in winter.”

“Well, I don’t have much choice. My business is private, thank you.”

“Is that so, eh?” The guard took a step forward, blocking the path, and shifted his hand towards the sword on his belt. Before he could move further, the other guard, older and weathered, put a hand on his companion’s shoulder and addressed them both:

“Alright, calm down, this is silly. Sir, the closest stable is in Goldshire, just follow the path down into the town. Forgive my colleague here for being overly cautious but some strange traffic passes us these days, and it’s our job to keep folks safe from danger.”

Veliaf nodded. “It’s fine. Thank you for the information; I’ll be on my way now.”

Stepping around the still-tense younger guard, he subtly relaxed his hand from its grip on his concealed dagger under his traveling cloak and wrapped the worn garment around himself once more to keep out the cold. Walking through the guard post – really little more than a walled cover over a small stone bridge – he continued along the path and into the forest.

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The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Shopping (answer)

This week, I gave you this:

“At a shop, the first 15 customers of the day spent an average of £3 each. After a further 30 customers the average amount rose to £9. What was the average amount spent by the last 30 customers only?”

Disputes about the use of Pounds Sterling aside, you all apparently got on quite well with this problem. But what was the answer, and how to get there? See for yourself after the break.

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The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Shopping

At a shop, the first 15 customers of the day spent an average of £3 each. After a further 30 customers the average amount rose to £9. What was the average amount spent by the last 30 customers only?

You have until Friday – good luck!

Vel.

The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Fire Engines (answer)

Finally, a relevant image.

This week, I posed to you this conundrum:

A fire engine travels 6 miles to a fire at a speed of 30 mph. Its tank holds 500 gallons of water but has been leaking throughout the journey at a rate of 25 gallons per hour. The fire engine will need 496 gallons of water to put out the fire; by how many gallons will it be short?

So, how many? Answers after the break!

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The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Fire Engines

A completely unrelated photograph.

A fire engine travels 6 miles to a fire at a speed of 30 mph. Its tank holds 500 gallons of water but has been leaking throughout the journey at a rate of 25 gallons per hour. The fire engine will need 496 gallons of water to put out the fire; by how many gallons will it be short?

Good luck and I’ll see you with the answers on Friday!

Vel.

The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Break the safe! (answer)

Your task this week was to work out which button of this unusual safe you needed to press first, in order for the sequence to complete so you could open it. The  solution is after the break – here’s a reminder of the puzzle:

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