Have you tried the Kent maths puzzle?

A new puzzle for people of all ages from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS), and the first in a new series of brain teasers from the School.

The Thrifty Merchant, a new puzzle from SMSAS, features the character Shylock, iron weights and rare spices by the gram.

Set to challenge and entertain in equal measure it follows the School’s popular contribution to BBC Radio 4’s Puzzles for Today.

The puzzle is available here, with the answer revealed here and at @UniKent on 14 January 2019.

Professor Peter Hydon, Head of SMSAS, said: ‘I hope the puzzle will entertain people of all ages, encouraging them to use maths, their thinking skills and logic to come up with the right answer. Good luck to everybody who takes up the challenge.’