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27th Birthday - Cheese and Wine

27th Birthday – Cheese and Wine

Today is a special occasion! Your wife is turning 27. Knowing how depressed she gets as she edges closer to the dreaded 30, you decide to plan something personal & special for her. Being a massive cheese fan, you decide to do a romantic cheese and wine evening. So you went out and bought her favourite bottle (or rather bottles (!) of wine; namely B Side Napa Valley Red Wine) & of course a wide selection of cheese.

As you get home you eye the big cube of cheese and come up with a genius idea. You will cut the cheese into 27 smaller little cubes. Instead of 27 candles on a birthday cake, you will present these on the table to your cheese loving wife instead. How many straight cuts of the knife do you need to divide the cheese?


Six straight slices is the bare minimum you will need to cut the cube of cheese into 27 smaller cubes.

Source: Frank Hawthorne, a supervisor with New York’s Department of Education, published the puzzle in 1950.





Stating the obvious here, but I enjoy riddles & puzzles. Anyone else also struggling with seemingly simple 5th grade math problems?

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