This is from the UKMT Senior Challenge of 2004.

“L, M, and N are midpoints of a skeleton cube, as shown. What is the value of angle LMN?

_____A_90°_____B_105°_____C_120°_____D_135°_____E_150°”

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This is from the UKMT Senior Challenge of 2004.

“L, M, and N are midpoints of a skeleton cube, as shown. What is the value of angle LMN?

_____A_90°_____B_105°_____C_120°_____D_135°_____E_150°”

This is problem #25 from the UKMT 2014 Senior Challenge.

“Figure 1 shows a tile in the form of a trapezium [trapezoid], where *a* = 83⅓°. Several copies of the tile placed together form a symmetrical pattern, part of which is shown in Figure 2. The outer border of the complete pattern is a regular ‘star polygon’. Figure 3 shows an example of a regular ‘star polygon’.

How many tiles are there in the complete pattern?

_____A_48_____B_54_____C_60_____D_66_____E_72”

See the Star Polygon Problem.

This is from the UKMT Senior Challenge of 1999.

What is the sum to infinityof the convergent series

____________________________________A_7/4_____B_2_____C_√5_____D_9/4_____E_7/3”

Here is a problem from the UKMT Senior (17-18 year-old) Mathematics Challenge for 2012:

“A semicircle of radius r is drawn with centre V and diameter UW. The line UW is then extended to the point X, such that UW and WX are of equal length. An arc of the circle with centre X and radius 4r is then drawn so that the line XY is tangent to the semicircle at Z, as shown. What, in terms of r, is the area of triangle YVW?”

See the Rising Sun

This is a problem from the UKMT Senior Challenge for 2001. (It has been slightly edited to reflect the colors I added to the diagram.)

“The [arbitrary] blue triangle is drawn, and a square is drawn on each of its edges. The three green triangles are then formed by drawing their lines which join vertices of the squares and a square is now drawn on each of these three lines. The total area of the original three squares is A1, and the total area of the three new squares is A2. Given that A2 = k A1, then

_____A_ k = 1_____B_ k = 3/2_____C_ k = 2_____D_ k = 3_____E_ more information is needed.”

I solved this problem using a Polya principle to simplify the situation, but UKMT’s solution was direct (and more complicated). See the Six Squares Problem.

Here is a problem from the UKMT Senior (17-18 year-old) Mathematics Challenge for 2012:

“Tom and Geri have a competition. Initially, each player has one attempt at hitting a target. If one player hits the target and the other does not then the successful player wins. If both players hit the target, or if both players miss the target, then each has another attempt, with the same rules applying. If the probability of Tom hitting the target is always 4/5 and the probability of Geri hitting the target is always 2/3, what is the probability that Tom wins the competition?

______A 4/15______B 8/15______C 2/3______D 4/5______E 13/15”

Here is a problem from the UKMT Senior (17-18 year-old) Mathematics Challenge for 2009:

“Four positive integers *a, b, c*, and *d* are such that*_________abcd + abc + bcd + cda + dab + ab + bc + cd + da + ac + bd + a + b + c + d* = 2009.

What is the value of *a + b + c + d*?

_________A 73_________B 75_________C 77_________D 79_________E 81”

See the Challenging Sum

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This is another UKMT Senior Challenge problem, this time from 2006.

“A toy pool table is 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. It has pockets at each of the four corners P, Q, R, and S. When a ball hits a side of the table, it bounces off the side at the same angle as it hit that side. A ball, initially 1 foot to the left of pocket P, is hit from the side SP towards the side PQ as shown. How many feet from P does the ball hit side PQ if it lands in pocket S after two bounces?”

Pool Partiers should have no difficulty solving this. See More Pool.

This is a fun little problem from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Math Challenge of 2008.

“What is the remainder when the 2008-digit number 222 … 22 is divided by 9?”

(Hint: See The Barrel of Beer) See A Multitude of 2s.

This is an interesting problem from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Math Challenge of 2008.

“The length of the hypotenuse of a particular right-angled triangle is given by √(1 + 3 + 5 + … + 23 + 25). The lengths of the other two sides are given by √(1 + 3 + 5 + … + (x – 2) + x) and √ (1 + 3 + 5 + … + (y – 2) + y) where x and y are positive integers. What is the value of x + y?”

See the Right Triangle with Roots.