This puzzle is a puzzle that combines English and math from my puzzle book Fun with Hilton Head and Beaufort. I’ve taken several quotes from a novel that’s set in Hilton Head and Beaufort, but left you to supply some of the necessary words to complete the quote correctly. Sometimes you’ll be choosing the correct homophone, sometimes you’ll have to choose the correct possessive form, and sometimes you’ll be forced into choosing the word that is actually spelled correctly. After you’ve chosen the proper word, evaluate the expression above it. Find the value of that expression in the grid that follows the quotes, and put the problem letter on the blank above the number you’ve found.
Remember! Whenever a number is raised to a negative power, all the negative sign in the exponent tells you to do is take the reciprocal of the base. Therefore, ( 2/3 ) to the negative one power is merely 3/2. ( 1 1/2 ) to the negative two is 4 / 9. (This description block allows no exponents . . . the Prelude that accompanies the puzzle DOES a better job of explaining negative exponents.)
By the time you finish the puzzle you’ll be a wizard at powers of ten . . . maybe even capable of understanding our national deficit. By the time you decode the grid you’ll be ready to read some great mystery fiction set in the Beaufort/Hilton Head area.
10 Cents a Dollar, A Grammar and Negative Exponent Blend
by Jay Waggoner
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