Originally there was enough food for 135 people for 28 days, which totals 3780 rations.
After 9 days, 1215 rations had been eaten.
Therefore there were now 2565 rations left for 171 people, which would last for another 20 days at three-quarter rations per person = (2565 ÷ (3 ÷ 4)) / 171.
Which is 29 days in total from the original sinking.
Below are five phrases that have been tinkered with. Rearrange the words so that when they are read aloud they will sound very similar to the required phrase. For example "Ducks Sits Hound Fa Mill Ear" = "Does it sound familiar".
crows dose my off wind
cab chalk clicks fizz lie lye ox soft
a crowed fall jest lobe Rick oath yell
beef four heap luck Yule
dud rough wharf whorls
my crows off wind dose = Microsoft Windows
lie fizz lye cab ox soft chalk clicks = Life is like a box of chocolates
jest fall oath a yell lobe Rick crowed = Just follow the yellow brick road
luck beef four Yule heap = Look before you leap
wharf rough dud whorls = War of the Worlds
The other day I was sitting in my local tavern, The Spyglass, which overlooks the sea, when in sailed my old friend the pirate Captain Conan Drum. "Well, shiver me barnacles!" he roared on seeing me. He too is a bit of a puzzle addict and so, after joining me for a glass of milk and telling me about his latest exploits on the high seas, he couldn't resist showing me his latest conundrum.
He reached into one of his jacket pockets and produced seven gleaming £5 coins, which he then proceeded to arrange on the table in front of me exactly as shown below. "Now, me lad." he said, with a mischievous look in his eyes. "I'll wager you'll not be able to solve this one. Take away two coins from this here arrangement to leave five coins across and three coins going down."
It was clear the wily old sea dog still had one or two tricks up his sleeve, as I couldn't for the life of me see how it could be done. Can you see through his skulduggery and solve it?
Take away the two coins on the right end of the row of five coins to leave 'five coins, a cross and three coins going down'.
I fell into his trap and misinterpreted what he was actually asking me to do!
Your objective is to place some diagonal mirrors into the grid.
If a ray of light is shone in to the grid from each of the letters, and allowed to bounce off the internal diagonal mirrors, each will exit the grid at the twin of the letter that it entered the grid. For example, a ray entering at either letter D will bounce off some mirrors and exit the grid at the other letter D.
Each row and each column will contain exactly two of the diagonal mirrors.