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# Sending a Parcel

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*Sending a Parcel printable sheet*

The Post Office used to have a strange way of limiting the size of parcels. The maximum allowed was "6 feet combined length and girth". That meant you added together the distance round the middle of the parcel (that's the girth) and the length.

You could have sent a fishing rod very nearly 6 feet long and just a few inches round the girth!

Bringing the problem up-to-date, let's set the maximum combined length and girth to be 2 metres (which is a bit more than 6 feet).

**What is the greatest volume you can now get for a cuboid parcel with whole centimetre dimensions?**

According to Plutarch, the Greeks found all the rectangles with integer sides, whose areas are equal to their perimeters. Can you find them? What rectangular boxes, with integer sides, have their surface areas equal to their volumes?

This jar used to hold perfumed oil. It contained enough oil to fill granid silver bottles. Each bottle held enough to fill ozvik golden goblets and each goblet held enough to fill vaswik crystal spoons. Each day a spoonful was used to perfume the bath of a beautiful princess. For how many days did the whole jar last? The genie's master replied: Five hundred and ninety five days. What three numbers do the genie's words granid, ozvik and vaswik stand for?