### A Crossnumber Puzzle With Squares

By Stephen Meskin
For those who remember the puzzles I posed in my “Crossnumber Puzzles” (January/February 2019), the puzzles this time are to fill a 4 × 5 matrix in which each of the nine clues (four across and five down) is the same: a perfect square with the proviso that all nine perfect squares are different.

### The Big Wheel

By Josh Feldman
All throughout my childhood, my favorite game show was “The Price Is Right.”

### Squaring the Circle

By Stephen Meskin
As with many mathematical concepts, “squaring the circle” has become a metaphor, in this case for something impossible to do. The ancient Greeks asked if by using a straight-edge and compass one could draw a square with the same area as a given circle in a finite number of steps.

### The Free Throw Challenge

By Josh Feldman
A couple of days ago, I talked on Zoom with some actuary friends for the first time since the pandemic started; we hoped to cheer each other up with a distracting story or two.

### Chaucer’s Puzzles

By Stephen Meskin
Because we are elderly, my wife feels it is important for us to downsize.

By Josh Feldman
One of the interesting things about living in a small town is that it feels like everyone knows one another.

### Differences

By Stephen Meskin
When I was a kid, I delivered a daily newspaper in Levittown, a planned community on Long Island.

### The Election

By Joshua Feldman
When not writing or grading puzzles for Contingencies, for the past few years I have had a second extracurricular actuarial activity take up my time: I am the president of the Central State Actuarial Forum (CSAF), a proud affiliate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

### Sum of Cubes Equals Square of Sum

By Stephen Meskin

### Celebrating Retirement

By Josh Feldman
I never was supposed to be an actuary. Instead, once it became clear I wasn’t going to be a pro surfer, it was quietly assumed that I would follow in my dad’s footsteps and be a physicist.