BAFFLED Boscombe residents are puzzled by a piece of graffiti in Boscombe Crescent which shows an advanced maths equation.

The piece of wall art has caused speculation in the area and the Daily Echo is appealing for help from readers to try and solve the problem.

*To see a larger version of the image above, click here.*

*Maths teacher Owen Elton has written a blog post in response to this story. You can read it here.*

Jonathan Crozier, who sent in the photograph, said the graffiti has not been removed or defaced for at least a week.

He said: “Earlier today, when I checked, it had still not been defaced - suggesting that even the local yobs can see the exceptional merit in it. My suspicion is that a mathematics graduate must have done it.”

The councillor for Boscombe West, Chris Wakefield said: “It’s an interesting equation, but I’m not a chemist or a mathematician. If someone would like to come forward and tell us what it means then I would be intrigued.

“The question is, do people think this is wall art or graffiti? It’s quite an interesting debate.

“We have had some problems with politically motivated and offensive graffiti in the surrounding area.”

Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space.

Holly Crosby, a maths graduate from Bournemouth said: “This is clearly a very advanced equation and I would like to have a go at cracking it.”

If you think you can decipher this complicated brainteaser then send your answer to: Jennifer.awford@bournemouthecho.co.uk or comment below.

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42

(It's the answer to everything)

42

(It's the answer to everything)

Doesn't it say "=no vacancies" at the bottom corner? My guess is that it's not actually any sort of equation whatsoever, but a dig at the face the building behind appears to be derelict and could instead be occupied (although who would want to live in such an area anyway?). I suspect it's similar to Ronnie Barker's infamous hieroglyphics sketch....

Doesn't it say "=no vacancies" at the bottom corner? My guess is that it's not actually any sort of equation whatsoever, but a dig at the face the building behind appears to be derelict and could instead be occupied (although who would want to live in such an area anyway?). I suspect it's similar to Ronnie Barker's infamous hieroglyphics sketch....

funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

**** I made it 42 as well.

funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

**** I made it 42 as well.

Shame on the Echo for publishing an April Fool in July!

Shame on the Echo for publishing an April Fool in July!

Looks like gibberish based on the use of Sigma (Σ). This is usually used to denote summing over a range (think Excel spreadsheets). So Σ squared doesn't mean much.

Looks like gibberish based on the use of Sigma (Σ). This is usually used to denote summing over a range (think Excel spreadsheets). So Σ squared doesn't mean much.

It reads...

"Whilst you were trying to work this out... I stole your wallet. Thanks and have a nice day"

It reads...

"Whilst you were trying to work this out... I stole your wallet. Thanks and have a nice day"

That quote by the "maths graduate" is nonsense because it's not "an equation".

It looks like some stuff from a book on algebraic topology or algebraic geometry.

It's a bunch of equations and identities, but it's not clear what order they're in or what is being calculated. Without context, it's just a nice piece of art.

That quote by the "maths graduate" is nonsense because it's not "an equation".

It looks like some stuff from a book on algebraic topology or algebraic geometry.

It's a bunch of equations and identities, but it's not clear what order they're in or what is being calculated. Without context, it's just a nice piece of art.

You say "Baffled Boscombe residents are puzzled..."

Yes, but this is not news it's a local lifestyle!

You say "Baffled Boscombe residents are puzzled..."

Yes, but this is not news it's a local lifestyle!

speedy231278wrote…Doesn't it say "=no vacancies" at the bottom corner? My guess is that it's not actually any sort of equation whatsoever, but a dig at the face the building behind appears to be derelict and could instead be occupied (although who would want to live in such an area anyway?). I suspect it's similar to Ronnie Barker's infamous hieroglyphics sketch....

it could also be someone's attempt at economics with the "= no vacancies" meaning that there are no jobs.

or it could be meaningless bit of trolling. which deserves a congrats as they have got it in the local rag.

speedy231278wrote…it could also be someone's attempt at economics with the "= no vacancies" meaning that there are no jobs.

or it could be meaningless bit of trolling. which deserves a congrats as they have got it in the local rag.

It's ancient wall writings

known to experts as Giro glyphics

It's ancient wall writings

known to experts as Giro glyphics

It states the world is going to end next month, so you might as well buy a REAL Madrid ticket.

It states the world is going to end next month, so you might as well buy a REAL Madrid ticket.

To be fair you could put 2+2= ?? to baffle the local Boscombe residents!!

To be fair you could put 2+2= ?? to baffle the local Boscombe residents!!

speedy231278wrote…I wanted to move into one of these flats when they were finished but unfortunately after about 20 months of waiting for them to be finished we moved to another new build about 5 minutes down the road.

I used to live on the next road over from the Crescent but we moved to a smaller property down the road. Was very happy there for 2 1/2 years!

speedy231278wrote…I wanted to move into one of these flats when they were finished but unfortunately after about 20 months of waiting for them to be finished we moved to another new build about 5 minutes down the road.

I used to live on the next road over from the Crescent but we moved to a smaller property down the road. Was very happy there for 2 1/2 years!

Bob49wrote…It's ancient wall writings

known to experts as Giro glyphics

Definitely ancient that hoarding was put up before Tregonwell came to Bournemoiuth well it seems that long

Bob49wrote…It's ancient wall writings

known to experts as Giro glyphics

Definitely ancient that hoarding was put up before Tregonwell came to Bournemoiuth well it seems that long

rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…I used to live on the next road over from the Crescent but we moved to a smaller property down the road. Was very happy there for 2 1/2 years!

So ?

rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…So ?

Cllr Wakefield says " Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space"

Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

Cllr Wakefield says " Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space"

Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

the derelict building behind the boards which is such a blight on the Crescent, is owned by some people who now live in Poland. as far as i can determine, the council has done nothing to encourage its restoration or demolition. Why? .

the derelict building behind the boards which is such a blight on the Crescent, is owned by some people who now live in Poland. as far as i can determine, the council has done nothing to encourage its restoration or demolition. Why? .

It's the recipe for crystal meth

It's the recipe for crystal meth

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…You put the normal cliche "Who would want to live in such an area anyway" - the answer is plenty of people who aren't snobs.

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…You put the normal cliche "Who would want to live in such an area anyway" - the answer is plenty of people who aren't snobs.

Gary Sherbornewrote…Cllr Wakefield says " Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space"

Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

They want to encourage people to use the park but they took the seats away. Now that's some clever thinking!

Gary Sherbornewrote…Cllr Wakefield says " Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space"

Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

They want to encourage people to use the park but they took the seats away. Now that's some clever thinking!

funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

DAMNIT. I got 41. Back to the beginning...

funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

DAMNIT. I got 41. Back to the beginning...

The councillor for Boscombe West, Chris Wakefield said: “It’s an interesting equation, but I’m not a chemist or a mathematician.No, your a pratt !

The councillor for Boscombe West, Chris Wakefield said: “It’s an interesting equation, but I’m not a chemist or a mathematician.No, your a pratt !

simcalwrote…Gary Sherbornewrote…Cllr Wakefield says " Boscombe Crescent is currently undergoing a phase of improvements to try and encourage more residents and visitors to use the park as a safe and attractive public open space"

Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

I think they took the seats away because people who wanted to use them never got a look in because they were being used by people drinking tinnies.

simcalwrote…Gary Sherbornewrote…Could he tell us when this next phase will take place and what can we expect?

I think they took the seats away because people who wanted to use them never got a look in because they were being used by people drinking tinnies.

The last council parks officer who developed the "make-over" for the crescent has moved on and now works in London. Like he really cared about what people want.

The last council parks officer who developed the "make-over" for the crescent has moved on and now works in London. Like he really cared about what people want.

rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…But I didn't put in any cliché about not wanting to live there, nor has anyone else at this time of writing I think. I suggest you keep your responses/insults ('snobs') in your head until the appropriate comment comes up (if it does) rather than trying to make it up.

rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…But I didn't put in any cliché about not wanting to live there, nor has anyone else at this time of writing I think. I suggest you keep your responses/insults ('snobs') in your head until the appropriate comment comes up (if it does) rather than trying to make it up.

"I think they took the seats away because people who wanted to use them never got a look in because they were being used by people drinking tinnies."

so now the seats have been taken away they do get a look in ?

Meanwhile in the real world this was yet another total waste of money, unless it was like Boscombe Seafront where yellow lines were stuck everywhere to keep folk away (it worked).

As the £55,000 spent has certainly kept everyone away - and it looks an absolute eyesore .

"I think they took the seats away because people who wanted to use them never got a look in because they were being used by people drinking tinnies."

so now the seats have been taken away they do get a look in ?

Meanwhile in the real world this was yet another total waste of money, unless it was like Boscombe Seafront where yellow lines were stuck everywhere to keep folk away (it worked).

As the £55,000 spent has certainly kept everyone away - and it looks an absolute eyesore .

It's definitely a housing benefit equation to work out how much they can fleece.

Note the upward arrows indicating a rent increase.

It's definitely a housing benefit equation to work out how much they can fleece.

Note the upward arrows indicating a rent increase.

Holly Crosby, a maths graduate from Bournemouth said: “This is clearly a very advanced equation and I would like to have a go at cracking it.”

I hope we didn't have to pay for your education !

you+me=1 square'd ?

in Boscombe ??

God help us !!!

Holly Crosby, a maths graduate from Bournemouth said: “This is clearly a very advanced equation and I would like to have a go at cracking it.”

I hope we didn't have to pay for your education !

you+me=1 square'd ?

in Boscombe ??

God help us !!!

Whatever it is, it all adds up to 'no vacancies'...

Whatever it is, it all adds up to 'no vacancies'...

It's probably someone who went to university, got a degree and now can't find a decent job, so they're fiddling about, wasting time writing stuff like that in Boscombe.

I hope it's a formulae for making cornflour jump about on a speaker, that's great fun and not at all a waste of time.

It's probably someone who went to university, got a degree and now can't find a decent job, so they're fiddling about, wasting time writing stuff like that in Boscombe.

I hope it's a formulae for making cornflour jump about on a speaker, that's great fun and not at all a waste of time.

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…Ali8, Rozmister was quoting speedy231278 who commented ''(although who would want to live in such an area anyway?)'' see above...

I think someone owes Ali8 an apology (aside from Speedy231278 that is!)

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…Ali8, Rozmister was quoting speedy231278 who commented ''(although who would want to live in such an area anyway?)'' see above...

I think someone owes Ali8 an apology (aside from Speedy231278 that is!)

It's the equation that councillors used to define success of the IMAX and surf reef.......

It's the equation that councillors used to define success of the IMAX and surf reef.......

Your ALL wrong ! It is the calculation used to create the Boscombe Surf Reef !!!

Your ALL wrong ! It is the calculation used to create the Boscombe Surf Reef !!!

This isn't even a maths equation!!! Why is this even news? It's just a load of **** that some idiot has written on a wall!

This isn't even a maths equation!!! Why is this even news? It's just a load of **** that some idiot has written on a wall!

Wall art?

No just some mindless vandal with too much time on their hands!

Wall art?

No just some mindless vandal with too much time on their hands!

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…If you look at the original post I quoted in my first post it says exactly what I said - "Who would want to live in such an area anyway". I thought it was you that said it but when I look again it wasn't so I'm sorry about that but the original post I quoted when I responded did say that and I stand by the fact it's the normal cliche about Boscombe and it's snobbery.

ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…ali8wrote…rozmisterwrote…speedy231278wrote…If you look at the original post I quoted in my first post it says exactly what I said - "Who would want to live in such an area anyway". I thought it was you that said it but when I look again it wasn't so I'm sorry about that but the original post I quoted when I responded did say that and I stand by the fact it's the normal cliche about Boscombe and it's snobbery.

It was the janitor.

It was the janitor.

Looks like a load of old calculus to me.

Looks like a load of old calculus to me.

Is it Eddie Mitchell's last set of accounts!!!

Is it Eddie Mitchell's last set of accounts!!!

It's the formulae they used to create the lossless trouble free version of the Twin Sails Bridge.They couldn't fathom it out though hence all the problems.

It's the formulae they used to create the lossless trouble free version of the Twin Sails Bridge.They couldn't fathom it out though hence all the problems.

The equation appears to be a formula to predict the way an object moves through a medium. The use of sigma, and sigma squared as a standard deviation and variance would take into account any deviation from the expected data caused by random, unpredictable anomalies.

The equation appears to be a formula to predict the way an object moves through a medium. The use of sigma, and sigma squared as a standard deviation and variance would take into account any deviation from the expected data caused by random, unpredictable anomalies.

Having a quick look at it, it is not a formula but just random math equations scribbled on a wall,on the other hand it could be the formula of how to keep a woman happy???

Having a quick look at it, it is not a formula but just random math equations scribbled on a wall,on the other hand it could be the formula of how to keep a woman happy???

Having a quick look at it, it is not a formula but just random math equations scribbled on a wall,on the other hand it could be the formula of how to keep a woman happy???

Is it wingdings?

Is it wingdings?

"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

Its something to do with lack of planning permission granted leads to lovely building being allowed to rot being screened by boarding upon which interesting graffiti is being painted on a pre-blacked out board. A similar equation was used at the cliff end hotel, and a slightly modified version was used at the david lloyd site.

Its something to do with lack of planning permission granted leads to lovely building being allowed to rot being screened by boarding upon which interesting graffiti is being painted on a pre-blacked out board. A similar equation was used at the cliff end hotel, and a slightly modified version was used at the david lloyd site.

Its a secret recipe to cook up a batch of Crack Cocaine or something similar I should imagine.

Its a secret recipe to cook up a batch of Crack Cocaine or something similar I should imagine.

Bournefrewrote…It was the janitor.

How do you like them apples?

Bournefrewrote…It was the janitor.

How do you like them apples?

Gary Sherbornewrote…the derelict building behind the boards which is such a blight on the Crescent, is owned by some people who now live in Poland. as far as i can determine, the council has done nothing to encourage its restoration or demolition. Why? .

you mean there are still people living in poland !

Gary Sherbornewrote…you mean there are still people living in poland !

Bob49wrote…"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

depends what country you are from Bob49

Bob49wrote…"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

depends what country you are from Bob49

Where is Carol Vorderman or Prof Brian Cox when we need them ;)

Where is Carol Vorderman or Prof Brian Cox when we need them ;)

scrumpyjackwrote…funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

YES but what is the question

scrumpyjackwrote…funkyferretwrote…42

(It's the answer to everything)

YES but what is the question

TWERLYwrote…Your ALL wrong ! It is the calculation used to create the Boscombe Surf Reef !!!

Ooooops sorry Even I got it wrong - it is the calculation used by the petroleum company's to determine today's price for petrol and diesel. Note there is no reference though to whether they use per litre, per pint, per gallon or per barrel !

TWERLYwrote…Your ALL wrong ! It is the calculation used to create the Boscombe Surf Reef !!!

Ooooops sorry Even I got it wrong - it is the calculation used by the petroleum company's to determine today's price for petrol and diesel. Note there is no reference though to whether they use per litre, per pint, per gallon or per barrel !

The question is: what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Where have you been ?

The question is: what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Where have you been ?

UrbanCrabwrote…Its something to do with lack of planning permission granted leads to lovely building being allowed to rot being screened by boarding upon which interesting graffiti is being painted on a pre-blacked out board. A similar equation was used at the cliff end hotel, and a slightly modified version was used at the david lloyd site.

Yes! Although by now we should have seen that in a lot more places.

UrbanCrabwrote…Yes! Although by now we should have seen that in a lot more places.

It's Nigel Farage's last tax return, right down the "No Vacancies" at the end.

It's Nigel Farage's last tax return, right down the "No Vacancies" at the end.

mgibbswrote…The equation appears to be a formula to predict the way an object moves through a medium. The use of sigma, and sigma squared as a standard deviation and variance would take into account any deviation from the expected data caused by random, unpredictable anomalies.

Ballistics maybe? It is Boscombe after all.

mgibbswrote…Ballistics maybe? It is Boscombe after all.

If in doubt choose answer 'B'.

If in doubt choose answer 'B'.

Q - Can you solve mystery maths equation on Boscombe wall?

A - No.

Q - Can you solve mystery maths equation on Boscombe wall?

A - No.

This looks to be an attempt at inter-dimensional membrane penetration energy level requirements requirements. There are errors.

This looks to be an attempt at inter-dimensional membrane penetration energy level requirements requirements. There are errors.

U+ME=1^2 "you and me = more than the sum of our parts" (X^2-Y^2) dx+(XY^2)+dy=0 "without each other we are nothing" also.. for public information the last comment posted on this huge board in boscombe was "the rich pi** on us whilst the media tell us its raining" just irony how they didn't publish that one! LOL

U+ME=1^2 "you and me = more than the sum of our parts" (X^2-Y^2) dx+(XY^2)+dy=0 "without each other we are nothing" also.. for public information the last comment posted on this huge board in boscombe was "the rich pi** on us whilst the media tell us its raining" just irony how they didn't publish that one! LOL

As a Boscombe resident I quite enjoy reading the graffiti that appears on this hoarding, at least it's not a ridiculous tag. I am always curious to see what the next message will be, sadly I doubt it is any great mathematical equation, as I think I know who the culprit is and I suspect the ramblings only make sense to that person as does the really bizarre music she has a habit of singing and wailing outside my home in the early hours before scribbling odd messages on nearby Walls. At the end of the day it harms no one, Boscombe undoubtedly has an unfair share of problems but things like this just make me smile, the eccentricities of some of our residents make the area. To all those who take every story about Boscombe as an opportunity to spout vile comments about the area and it's residents you really might be surprised to find that some of us are relatively normal affluent people who choose to live in a lively area that benefits from amazing architecture fantastic beaches and a bit of life rather than the boring urban sprawl that makes up the majority of Bournemouth.

As a Boscombe resident I quite enjoy reading the graffiti that appears on this hoarding, at least it's not a ridiculous tag. I am always curious to see what the next message will be, sadly I doubt it is any great mathematical equation, as I think I know who the culprit is and I suspect the ramblings only make sense to that person as does the really bizarre music she has a habit of singing and wailing outside my home in the early hours before scribbling odd messages on nearby Walls. At the end of the day it harms no one, Boscombe undoubtedly has an unfair share of problems but things like this just make me smile, the eccentricities of some of our residents make the area. To all those who take every story about Boscombe as an opportunity to spout vile comments about the area and it's residents you really might be surprised to find that some of us are relatively normal affluent people who choose to live in a lively area that benefits from amazing architecture fantastic beaches and a bit of life rather than the boring urban sprawl that makes up the majority of Bournemouth.

K + Yn = D no it doesn't !

This is a load of rubbish, it means nothing!!!

K + Yn = D no it doesn't !

This is a load of rubbish, it means nothing!!!

DUCKFEEDERwrote…Bob49wrote…"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

And you need to get a sense of humour

DUCKFEEDERwrote…Bob49wrote…"random math equations"

I think you mean maths

as in mathematics

And you need to get a sense of humour

I think you will find that it is meaningless as no values are given.

I believe it is a parody to some Physics equations.

You can tell its exam time cant you. :)

I think you will find that it is meaningless as no values are given.

I believe it is a parody to some Physics equations.

You can tell its exam time cant you. :)

Kilroy was not there

Kilroy was not there

Blob01wrote…Its a secret recipe to cook up a batch of Crack Cocaine or something similar I should imagine.

How original...

Why would you need a possible Maths equation to cook up a bit of crack?

It's more a practical thing using simple quantities & ratios of ingredients, all available,cocaine apart, from any supermarket.

Blob01wrote…Its a secret recipe to cook up a batch of Crack Cocaine or something similar I should imagine.

How original...

Why would you need a possible Maths equation to cook up a bit of crack?

It's more a practical thing using simple quantities & ratios of ingredients, all available,cocaine apart, from any supermarket.

Maybe they've been filming a British version of The Big Bang Theory. I hope the script calls it maths not math.

Also glad to see this story has upped the standard of posting from the usual constant grizzling, or is it just that everyone has cheered up with the sun coming out?

Maybe they've been filming a British version of The Big Bang Theory. I hope the script calls it maths not math.

Also glad to see this story has upped the standard of posting from the usual constant grizzling, or is it just that everyone has cheered up with the sun coming out?

Is it tax time?

It's obviously a rough copy of what Dave Wells' accountant sends to the inland revenue.

Is it tax time?

It's obviously a rough copy of what Dave Wells' accountant sends to the inland revenue.

Lord Springwrote…Kilroy was not there

I'm sorry to spoil your little joke,

Kilroy WAS there

but his pencil broke !

Lord Springwrote…Kilroy was not there

I'm sorry to spoil your little joke,

Kilroy WAS there

but his pencil broke !

It would appear the problem has been solved. In one of the daily Nationals there was a feature. A maths genius said it makes absolutely no sense at all. Meaningless bit of fun!

It would appear the problem has been solved. In one of the daily Nationals there was a feature. A maths genius said it makes absolutely no sense at all. Meaningless bit of fun!

It was the 5th most read story on the BBC website at one point today

It was the 5th most read story on the BBC website at one point today

losttimetravellerwrote…This looks to be an attempt at inter-dimensional membrane penetration energy level requirements requirements. There are errors.

Beer, Chinese food and a condom?

losttimetravellerwrote…Beer, Chinese food and a condom?