## LIONS AND CROWNS.

(

Chessboard Problems)

The young lady in the illustration is confronted with a little

cutting-out difficulty in which the reader may be glad to assist her.

She wishes, for some reason that she has not communicated to me, to cut

that square piece of valuable material into four parts, all of exactly

the same size and shape, but it is important that every piece shall

contain a lion and a crown. As she insists that the cuts can only be

made along the lines dividing the squares, she is considerably perplexed

to find out how it is to be done. Can you show her the way? There is

only one possible method of cutting the stuff.

[Illustration:

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## Answer:

Here is the solution. It will be seen that each of the four pieces

(after making the cuts along the thick lines) is of exactly the same

size and shape, and that each piece contains a lion and a crown. Two of

the pieces are shaded so as to make the solution quite clear to the eye.