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The Tapiser's Puzzle

Then came forward the Tapiser, who was, of course, a maker of tapestry, and must not be confounded with a tap...

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 Lockers Puzzle.
[Illustration: A B C ================== ================== ================== | +--+ +--+ +--+ | | +--+ +--+ +--+ | | +--+ +--+ +--+ | | | | | |...

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 Dutchmen's Wives.
I wonder how many of my readers are acquainted with the puzzle of the "Dutchmen's Wives"--in which you have to determine the names of three men's wives, or, rather, which wife belongs to each husband. Some thir...

Drawing A Spiral.
If you hold the page horizontally and give it a quick rotary motion while looking at the centre of the spiral, it will appear to revolve. Perhaps a good many readers are acquainted with this little optical illu...

The Nelson Column

During a Nelson celebration I was standing in Trafalgar Square with a friend of puzzling proclivities. He had for some time been gazing at the column in an abstracted way, and seemed quite unconscious of ...

The Antiquary's Chain.
An antiquary possessed a number of curious old links, which he took to a blacksmith, and told him to join together to form one straight piece of chain, with the sole condition that the two circular links were n...

The Peal Of Bells.
A correspondent, who is apparently much interested in campanology, asks me how he is to construct what he calls a "true and correct" peal for four bells. He says that every possible permutation of the four bell...

The Underground Maze

The only way out of the yard that I now was in was to descend a few stairs that led up into the centre (A) of an underground maze, through the winding of which I must pass before I could take my leave by ...

The Skipper And The Sea-serpent

Mr. Simon Softleigh had spent most of his life between Tooting Bec and Fenchurch Street. His knowledge of the sea was therefore very limited. So, as he was taking a holiday on the south coast, he thought ...

Pocket Money.
What is the largest sum of money--all in current silver coins and no four-shilling piece--that I could have in my pocket without being able to give change for a half-sovereign? ...

Counting The Rectangles.
Can you say correctly just how many squares and other rectangles the chessboard contains? In other words, in how great a number of different ways is it possible to indicate a square or other rectangle enclosed ...

The Eight Queens.
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The Nine Treasure Boxes.
The following puzzle will illustrate the importance on occasions of being able to fix the minimum and maximum limits of a required number. This can very frequently be done. For example, it has not yet been asce...

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 Tramps And The Biscuits

Four merry tramps bought, borrowed, found, or in some other manner obtained possession of a box of biscuits, which they agreed to divide equally amongst themselves at breakfast next morning. In the night, ...

New Measuring Puzzle.
Here is a new poser in measuring liquids that will be found interesting. A man has two ten-quart vessels full of wine, and a five-quart and a four-quart measure. He wants to put exactly three quarts into each o...

Foxes And Geese

Here is a little puzzle of the moving counters class that my readers will probably find entertaining. Make a diagram of any convenient size similar to that shown in our illustration, and provide six count...

Queer Chess.
Can you place two White rooks and a White knight on the board so that the Black king (who must be on one of the four squares in the middle of the board) shall be in check with no possible move open to him? "In ...