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The Miller's Puzzle

The Miller next took the company aside and showed them nine sacks of flour that were standing as depicted in ...

The Christmas Geese

Squire Hembrow, from Weston Zoyland—wherever that may be—proposed the following little arithmetical puzzle, from which it is probable that several somewhat similar modern ones have been derive...

How To Make Cisterns.
Our friend in the illustration has a large sheet of zinc, measuring (before cutting) eight feet by three feet, and he has cut out square pieces (all of the same size) from the four corners and now proposes to f...

The Eight Engines.
The diagram represents the engine-yard of a railway company under eccentric management. The engines are allowed to be stationary only at the nine points indicated, one of which is at present vacant. It is requi...

The Eight Villas.
In one of the outlying suburbs of London a man had a square plot of ground on which he decided to build eight villas, as shown in the illustration, with a common recreation ground in the middle. After the house...

The Three Clocks.
On Friday, April 1, 1898, three new clocks were all set going precisely at the same time--twelve noon. At noon on the following day it was found that clock A had kept perfect time, that clock B had gained exact...

The Honeycomb Puzzle.
Here is a little puzzle with the simplest possible conditions. Place the point of your pencil on a letter in one of the cells of the honeycomb, and trace out a very familiar proverb by passing always from a cel...

The Victoria Cross Puzzle.
[Illustration: +---------------------+ | ... A .../ | | (I) |.......| (V) | |_____|_______|_____/| |......| |------| |.. R .| |. I ..| |......| |......|...

The Grocer And Draper.
A country "grocer and draper" had two rival assistants, who prided themselves on their rapidity in serving customers. The young man on the grocery side could weigh up two one-pound parcels of sugar per minute, ...

The Nine Counters.
[Illustration: (1)(5)(8) (7)(9) (2)(3) (4)(6) ] I have nine counters, each bearing one of the nine digits, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. I arranged them on the table in two groups, as shown in ...

St. George And The Dragon.
Here is a little puzzle on a reduced chessboard of forty-nine squares. St. George wishes to kill the dragon. Killing dragons was a well-known pastime of his, and, being a knight, it was only natural that he sho...

The Puzzle Of The Doctor Of Physic

This Doctor, learned though he was, for "In all this world to him there was none like To speak of physic and of surgery," and "He knew the cause of every malady," yet was he not indiff...

Two New Magic Squares.
Construct a subtracting magic square with the first sixteen whole numbers that shall be "associated" by _subtraction_. The constant is, of course, obtained by subtracting the first number from the second in lin...

The Riddle Of The Pilgrims

One day, when the monks were seated at their repast, the Abbot announced that a messenger had that morning brought news that a number of pilgrims were on the road and would require their hospitality.

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Nine Jolly Gaol Birds.
Shortly after the episode recorded in the last puzzle occurred, a ninth prisoner was placed in the vacant cell, and the merry monarch then offered them all complete liberty on the following strange conditions. ...

Ancient Chinese Puzzle.
My next puzzle is supposed to be Chinese, many hundreds of years old, and never fails to interest. White to play and mate, moving each of the three pieces once, and once only. ...

The Eight Queens.
[Illustration: +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+ | | | | ..Q | | | | +---+---+---+...+---+---+---+---+ | | ..Q.. | | | | | +---+...+---+---+---+---+---+---+ |...

The Mystery Of Ravensdene Park

The mystery of Ravensdene Park, which I will now present, was a tragic affair, as it involved the assassination of Mr. Cyril Hastings at his country house a short distance from London.

On February...

The Dovetailed Block.
Here is a curious mechanical puzzle that was given to me some years ago, but I cannot say who first invented it. It consists of two solid blocks of wood securely dovetailed together. On the other two vertical s...

The Pentagon And Square.
I wonder how many of my readers, amongst those who have not given any close attention to the elements of geometry, could draw a regular pentagon, or five-sided figure, if they suddenly required to do so. A regu...