6 Missing Letters

Fill the blanks with 6 different letters to read a meaningful sentence.

A _losopher of _sic in _na _ght about the _ances of _tch.

You should add the 6 Greek letters φ (phi), μ (mu), χ (chi), τ (tau), ν (nu), π (pi), and get the sentence:

A philosopher of music in China taught about the nuances of pitch.

Clean Death

A man was going to bleach his socks because they had gotten muddy the day before. As he was pouring the bleach into the washing machine, he spilled some on the floor. He got some cleaning fluid and mopped it up with a rag. Minutes later he was dead. What killed him?

When the ammonia (NH3), found in cleaning fluids, is mixed with bleach (a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite, NaOCl), a deadly gas (monochloramine, NH2Cl) is produced that can kill a person instantly. The resulting chemical reactions are the following:

  1. Bleach decomposes, forming hydrochloric acid and subsequently chlorine gas:
    NaOCl → NaOH + HOCl
    HOCl → HCl + O
    NaOCl + 2HClCl2 + NaCl + H2O
  2. The chlorine gas reacts with the sodium hypochlorite in the bleach, releasing chloramine as a vapor:
    2NH3 + Cl2 → 2NH2Cl

Bicycle Tracks

You are chasing a criminal riding a bicycle, and you find his tracks left in the dirt. By investigating the tracks, can you determine which direction the criminal has fled to: left or right?

The front wheels of the bicycle are traveling more distance and making sharper turns. Thus, the red tracks (as shown on the image below) correspond to the front wheel, and the green tracks correspond to the back wheel.

Then, since the back wheel is always pointing towards the front wheel, we conclude that the bicycle is moving towards the right.