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 Puzzle 993 Can you find three consecutive primes which total 190,747 when multiplied together? [Ref: ZYEP] © Kevin Stone Hint: Try finding the cube root of 190,747. Answer: 53, 59 and 61. 53 x 59 x 61 = 190,747. The cube root of 190,747 is approximately 58, which is a good starting point for finding the numbers. Puzzle 994 If I took 12 apples from a pile of 23 apples... ...how many apples would I have? [Ref: ZQTH] Hint: The answer isn't 11. Answer: I would have 12 apples and 11 would remain in the pile. Puzzle 995 Which pair of letters comes next in this sequence: on et wo th re ef ou [Ref: ZYWK] Hint: Try removing the spaces. Answer: rf. This sequence spells out the numbers onetwothreefourfive etc. Puzzle 996 At a recent BrainBashers party, I noted the ages of the children who attended. Daniel was 3, James and Keith were 4, Jessica and Rebecca were 5. How old was Lara? [Ref: ZQCJ] © Kevin Stone Hint: Look at the vowels. Answer: 2. Consonants are worth 2 and vowels are worth -1.