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Stephen Buxton
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When is zero squared a cube?

I know that those of you in the UK should be able to get this puzzle. I am not too sure about those of you in other countries.
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I've just had a PM from Steve Fowkes, who not only has the right answer, but has also informed me that American puzzle solvers should be able to get this too
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Surely more than one person is going to solve this?
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I'm confused since zero squared IS a cube!
Zero squared is zero and zero is also the cube of zero.

When ISN'T zero squared a cube?

Stan
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Does this have to do with freezing water?
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Nothing to do with frozen water, however you have the right shape Jonathan.

Stan, You are absolutely correct. There is a really neat solution to this, though. It will help if you write the sum out as an equation
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Sum? Product, you mean?

Confused,

/Tomas
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When z*e*r*o = n^(3/2) where n is a positive integer?

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Yeah, ok: product.

As for the z*e*r*o etc: no.

Zero squared, could be written as 0^2. How else could it be written?
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00, 0*0, 0x0, 0.0 (with the dot slightly higher up) or of course 0 with a small 2 in the upper right corner. Hmmm, so does that resemble a logo for some UK company which has something to do with cube shaped objects? Trying to get my head around why it should work better for brits and americans. Smile

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Ah, found that a company named "oxo" makes stock cubes. http://www.oxo.co.uk/

So the answer is "When you interpret '0' as the letter 'o' and the multiplication sign as the letter 'x'."

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You have stumbled on the right answer, Thomas. One of those you mentioned is indeed a brand name. Feel free to do an internet search
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X post... You have the right answer!

OXO is a brand of gravy stock, commonly known (in the UK and US) as an Oxo cube
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