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The Noble Demoiselle

Seated one night in the hall of the castle, Sir Hugh desired the company to fill their cups and listen while he told the tale of his adventure as a youth in rescuing from captivity a noble demoiselle who ...

The Tube Railway

The above diagram is the plan of an underground railway. The fare is uniform for any distance, so long as you d...

The Rook's Tour.
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The Rookery.
The White rooks cannot move outside the little square in which they are enclosed except on the final move, in giving checkmate. The puzzle is how to checkmate Black in the fewest possible moves with No. 8 rook,...

A Lodging-house Difficulty.
The Dobsons secured apartments at Slocomb-on-Sea. There were six rooms on the same floor, all communicating, as shown in the diagram. The rooms they took were numbers 4, 5, and 6, all facing the sea. But a litt...

The Baskets Of Plums.
This is the form in which I first introduced the question of magic squares with prime numbers. I will here warn the reader that there is a little trap. A fruit merchant had nine baskets. Every basket contained ...

Farmer Wurzel's Estate.
I will now present another land problem. The demonstration of the answer that I shall give will, I think, be found both interesting and easy of comprehension. Farmer Wurzel owned the three square fields shown i...

Plates And Coins.
Place twelve plates, as shown, on a round table, with a penny or orange in every plate. Start from any plate you like and, always going in one direction round the table, take up one penny, pass it over two othe...

The Passenger's Fare.
At first sight you would hardly think there was matter for dispute in the question involved in the following little incident, yet it took the two persons concerned some little time to come to an agreement. Mr. ...

The Five Dogs Puzzle.
In 1863, C.F. de Jaenisch first discussed the "Five Queens Puzzle"--to place five queens on the chessboard so that every square shall be attacked or occupied--which was propounded by his friend, a "Mr. de R." J...

Tasting The Plum Puddings

"Everybody, as I suppose, knows well that the number of different Christmas plum puddings that you taste...

The "t" Card Puzzle.
An entertaining little puzzle with cards is to take the nine cards of a suit, from ace to nine inclusive, and arrange them in the form of the letter "T," as shown in the illustration, so that the pips in the ho...

The Bag Of Nuts.
Three boys were given a bag of nuts as a Christmas present, and it was agreed that they should be divided in proportion to their ages, which together amounted to 171/2 years. Now the bag contained 770 nuts, and...

The Mandarin's Puzzle.
The following puzzle has an added interest from the circumstance that a correct solution of it secured for a certain young Chinaman the hand of his charming bride. The wealthiest mandarin within a radius of a h...

The Five Pennies.
Here is a really hard puzzle, and yet its conditions are so absurdly simple. Every reader knows how to place four pennies so that they are equidistant from each other. All you have to do is to arrange three of ...

The Twickenham Puzzle.
[Illustration: ( I ) ((N)) ( M ) ((A)) ( H ) ((T)) ( E ) ((W)) ( C ) ((K)) ( ) ] In the illustration we have eleven discs in a c...

The Christmas-boxes.
Some years ago a man told me he had spent one hundred English silver coins in Christmas-boxes, giving every person the same amount, and it cost him exactly L1, 10s. 1d. Can you tell just how many persons receiv...

The Dorcas Society

At the close of four and a half months' hard work, the ladies of a certain Dorcas Society were so delighted with the completion of a beautiful silk patchwork quilt for the dear curate that everybody kisse...

The Keg Of Wine.
Here is a curious little problem. A man had a ten-gallon keg full of wine and a jug. One day he drew off a jugful of wine and filled up the keg with water. Later on, when the wine and water had got thoroughly m...

The Three Railway Stations.
As I sat in a railway carriage I noticed at the other end of the compartment a worthy squire, whom I knew by sight, engaged in conversation with another passenger, who was evidently a friend of his. "How far ha...