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A Question Of Definition.
"My property is exactly a mile square," said one landowner to another. "Curiously enough, mine is a square mile," was the reply. "Then there is no difference?" Is this last statement correct? ...

The Amazons.
This puzzle is based on one by Captain Turton. Remove three of the queens to other squares so that there shall be eleven squares on the board that are not attacked. The removal of the three queens need not be b...

The Stonemason's Problem.
A stonemason once had a large number of cubic blocks of stone in his yard, all of exactly the same size. He had some very fanciful little ways, and one of his queer notions was to keep these blocks piled in cub...

Queens And Bishop Puzzle.
It will be seen that every square of the board is either occupied or attacked. The puzzle is to substitute a bishop for the rook on the same square, and then place the four queens on other squares so that every...

The Manciple's Puzzle

The Manciple was an officer who had the care of buying victuals for an Inn of Court—like the Temple. The particular individual who accompanied the party was a wily man who had more than thirty maste...

Heard On The Tube Railway.
First Lady: "And was he related to you, dear?" Second Lady: "Oh, yes. You see, that gentleman's mother was my mother's mother-in-law, but he is not on speaking terms with my papa." First Lady: "Oh, indeed!" (Bu...

The Great Dispute Between The Friar And The Sompnour

Chaucer records the painful fact that the harmony of the pilgrimage was broken on occasions by the quarrels between the Friar and the Sompnour. At one stage the latter threatened that ere they reached Sit...

"strand" Patience.
The idea for this came to me when considering the game of Patience that I gave in the _Strand Magazine_ for December, 1910, which has been reprinted in Ernest Bergholt's _Second Book of Patience Games_, under t...

Bishops In Convocation.
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The Sixteen Sheep.
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Visiting The Towns.
A traveller, starting from town No. 1, wishes to visit every one of the towns once, and once only, going only by roads indicated by straight lines. How many different routes are there from which he can select? ...

The Nine Schoolboys.
This is a new and interesting companion puzzle to the "Fifteen Schoolgirls" (see solution of No. 269), and even in the simplest possible form in which I present it there are unquestionable difficulties. Nine sc...

A Shopping Perplexity.
Two ladies went into a shop where, through some curious eccentricity, no change was given, and made purchases amounting together to less than five shillings. "Do you know," said one lady, "I find I shall requir...

A Study In Thrift.
Certain numbers are called triangular, because if they are taken to represent counters or coins they may be laid out on the table so as to form triangles. The number 1 is always regarded as triangular, just as ...

Gold Packing In Russia.
The editor of the _Times_ newspaper was invited by a high Russian official to inspect the gold stored in reserve at St. Petersburg, in order that he might satisfy himself that it was not another "Humbert safe."...

Square Money.
"This is queer," said McCrank to his friend. "Twopence added to twopence is fourpence, and twopence multiplied by twopence is also fourpence." Of course, he was wrong in thinking you can multiply money by money...

The Cab Numbers.
A London policeman one night saw two cabs drive off in opposite directions under suspicious circumstances. This officer was a particularly careful and wide-awake man, and he took out his pocket-book to make an ...

Mrs. Perkins's Quilt.
It will be seen that in this case the square patchwork quilt is built up of 169 pieces. The puzzle is to find the smallest possible number of square portions of which the quilt could be composed and show how th...

Placing Halfpennies.
Here is an interesting little puzzle suggested to me by Mr. W. T. Whyte. Mark off on a sheet of paper a rectangular space 5 inches by 3 inches, and then find the greatest number of halfpennies that can be place...

Card Magic Squares.
Take an ordinary pack of cards and throw out the twelve court cards. Now, with nine of the remainder (different suits are of no consequence) form the above magic square. It will be seen that the pips add up fif...