Times Table Help? – Elevens

The Land of Eleven
Once upon a time there was a mighty King who lived and ruled in the Land of Eleven.

He had won many battles, but was getting old. He said to his followers, “The first person to tell me the ‘Secret of Eleven,’ they would become King or Queen.”

One smart young boy said he knew the secret. The King laughed saying, “That’s not possible.”

The boy ran to the King’s side and wrote down the following –
1 x 11 = 11
2 x 11 = 22
3 x 11 = 33
4 x 11 = 44
5 x 11 = 55
6 x 11 = 66
7 x 11 = 77
8 x 11 = 88
9 x 11 = 99
10 x 11 = 110

The King noticed what was missing. “Young boy, you didn’t tell me the last two.”

The boy quickly yelled out, “Eleven times eleven is 121…even my sister remembers that.”
Then he added, “Eleven times twelve is 132.”

Legend has it that the boy became King. Since many people heard about the secret and shared it, he changed the name of the land to the ‘Land of Twelve.’

He followed the last King’s challenge and announced the following. “The first person to tell me the ‘Secret of Twelve,’ would become King or Queen.” He smiled because he knew the secret, and didn’t expect anyone else to know it.

At the boy’s coronation, the King asked him how he knew the entire ‘Secret of Eleven.’

The boy’s answer is worth remembering, but don’t expect to be King or Queen. Your parents might call you a Wizard though.

1. Any number less than 10 multiplied by 11, you replace the 11 with that number. (Example 9 x 11 is 99, each digit of the number 11 is replaced by a 9)
2. Any number multiplied by 10, you just add a zero to the number. (Example 10 x 11 is 110)
3. 11 x 11 is 121, which needs to be remembered. (If you say ’11 times 11 is 121’ ten times, you should be able to recall it – try it)
4. Only really smart people would know that 11 x 12 is 132. However, you have to remember the trick that it is not 1-2-3, but you just switch the last two digits to get 132.


About Dick C Waters

Five published novels in the Scott Tucker series, and one short-story anthology. One romance novel published under Dixie Waters. Born in Boston Massachusetts Attended NorthEastern University Now Retired - Forty Plus Years in Computer Manufacturing/Distribution Former Real Estate Broker - MA Former PMI Certified Project Manager Several Director Level Positions Enjoy Reading and Writing
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One Response to Times Table Help? – Elevens

  1. Many parents and grandparents try to help with remembering the times tables. I wrote this story for my grandchild, and to my surprise, he remembered the Elevens table. If you are having some problems in this area, just maybe they will enjoy this quick story, and perhaps remember the Elevens. It is also nice to see that a school is still teaching the times tables. Good luck.

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