Sunday Times Teaser 3064 – Turnip Prize
by Victor Bryant
Published Sunday June 13 2021 (link)
The Turnip Prize is awarded to the best piece of work by an artist under fifty. This year’s winning entry consisted of a mobile made up of many different plain white rectangular or square tiles hanging from the ceiling. The sides of the tiles were all whole numbers of centimetres up to and including the artist’s age, and there was precisely one tile of each such possible size (where, for example, a 3-by-2 rectangle would be the same as a 2-by-3 rectangle). Last week one of the tiles fell and smashed and then yesterday another tile fell and smashed. However, the average area of the hanging tiles remained the same throughout.
How old is the artist?