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Compiled by Ross Hunter
  1. Magic Squares

Lisa’s story on pp. 42-43 was inspired by a famous wood-cut by Albrecht Durer, from 1514, which includes a magic square, shown below. There is a clue when he did the engraving, in the square. Can you make one? 3x3 or 4x4, or larger (but they get very tricky), all you have to do is fill in numbers so that every row, every column and both diagonals add up to the same number. These have been known about in the ancient Chinese, Arab and Western world for thousands of years. I’ve added a couple, plus space for you to do one. Good luck! Perhaps Sudoku is not so new. By the way, at the bottom of Durer’s engraving, called ‘Melancholia’, is part of an Angel’s wing.


Hint: pick a row total

  1. Photo quiz

Lisa and the cubs saw all these birds in under an hour during a walk through Sparrow Hills and Neskuchny Sad. Can you match the names to the pictures?

Certha familiaris
Пищуха обыкновенная
Great Tit
Parus major
Большая Синица
Fringilla coelebs
Chloris chioris
Blue Tit
Parus caerulus

Remember! Enjoy seeing pictures of wild birds’ eggs. But, please, never go looking for eggs or interfering with nests.

The Country code: “Take only Photographs – Leave Only Footprints”.

  1. Mini Sudoku & May answers

Mini Sudoku - June

Answers to May puzzles

Sudoku: see

Chistye Prudye was Kirovskaya (to 1990)
Kropotkinskaya   Dvorets Sovietov (to 1957)
Teatralnaya   Ploshchad Sverdlova (to 1990)
Lubyanka   Dzerzhinskaya (to 1990)
Okhotny Ryad   LM Kaganovich 1955-57; Pr. Marksa 1961-90
Sparrow Hills (1959)   Leninskiye Gory (to 1999)
Dobryninskaya   Serpukhovskaya (to 1961)
Partizanskaya   Izmailovsky Park (to 2005)

Metro Bridges: Sparrow Hills, red line; Kievskaya, light blue

Outside the MKAD: Mitono, NW on Purple; Novokosino, E on Yellow

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