# Mr McVey’s Mysterious Maths – Eurovision Edition

No doubt like me, you were glued to the TV on Saturday night enjoying the fabulous feast of quality music and eclectic costumes on offer from across Europe and of course Australia!

The Eurovision Song Contest brings music and maths into homes across the world. Obviously, the songs are a big part of the evening but so is the voting. Many people will sit and try and work out how many points particular countries will need to win. In fact, if you think about it, elements of maths can be found throughout Eurovision. For example, in the rhythms found in songs, in the measurements needed to build the sets and in the statistics that journalists will quote when talking about the different entries.

This edition’s challenge is a Eurovision-based logic puzzle that will get you thinking. As usual there will be a prize for correct answers that can be submitted to me in person or by email. Good luck and make sure you don’t get ‘nul points’!

The Puzzle:

There are five Eurovision acts performing in the final, each from a different country:

Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece, and Germany

Each act has a different colour as their primary costume colour:

Red, blue, green, yellow, and pink

Each act has a different musical genre:

Pop, Rock, Electronic, Jazz, and Country

• The act from Spain is wearing a red costume.
• The electronic act is not from Italy.
• The jazz act is wearing a blue costume.
• The act from UK is not wearing a pink costume.
• The rock act is from Germany.
• The pop act is not from Sweden.
• The act from Italy is wearing a yellow costume.

Can you work out what colour each act is wearing and what genre their song is?

Mr McVey

Maths Department

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