Thanks again to Sirisha for this wonderful puzzle. As I mentioned this was more of a teaser, and a play with words more than math. I only got two correct answers – One from Girish Tutakne and another from Vikas Jangra – well done both!
If you read the puzzle again, pay attention to the following:
- Read every “a” as a variable a
- Read every “be” and “bee” as a variable b
- Circle stands for ‘0” (the number zero)
- combine means + i.e. addition
- a^2 is not 0 and b^2 is not 0 => neither a nor b are zero
- If you read carefully, the answer is given in “one negativity” which stands for “-1“
Putting all of this together (copying the answer from Girish Tutakne)
Any combination of a and b where a*b = -1 is the answer.
a^2.b^2 + a^3.b^3 = 0
a, b both not equal to 0.
a^2.b^2.(1+a.b) = 0
Hence, a*b = -1
Hope you all enjoyed the puzzle!