Sunday Times Teaser 2728 – Garden Design
by Ian Kay
Published: 4 January 2015 (link)
I have a square garden with sides a whole number of metres in length. It is surrounded by a fence with posts at the corners and then at one metre intervals. I wish to make the garden into four triangular beds surrounding a lawn that has four sides of different lengths. To mark out the lawn I choose one post on each of the sides of the garden and I stretch a length of string around those four posts. I can create my lawn in various ways but the length of string needed is always one of two possible values. I have chosen one arrangement using the smaller of the two lengths.
What is the area of my lawn?