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The Square Of Veneer.
The following represents a piece of wood in my possession, 5 in. square. By markings on the surface it is divided into twenty-five square inches. I want to discover a way of cutting this piece of wood into the ...

The Basket Of Potatoes.
A man had a basket containing fifty potatoes. He proposed to his son, as a little recreation, that he should place these potatoes on the ground in a straight line. The distance between the first and second pota...

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 Four Sons.
Readers will recognize the diagram as a familiar friend of their youth. A man possessed a square-shaped estate. He bequeathed to his widow the quarter of it that is shaded off. The remainder was to be divided e...

The Primrose Puzzle

Select the name of any flower that you think suitable, and that contains eight letters. Touch one of the primro...

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 Artillerymen's Dilemma.
[Illustration: [Pyramid of cannon-balls]] MMMMMMMr MM MM: M 0 rWZX M :...

The Rook's Journey.
This puzzle I call "The Rook's Journey," because the word "tour" (derived from a turner's wheel) implies that we return to the point from which we set out, and we do not do this in the present case. We should n...

Captain Longbow And The Bears

That eminent and more or less veracious traveller Captain Longbow has a great grievance with the public. He claims that during a recent expedition in Arctic regions he actually reached the North Pole, but...

Five Jealous Husbands.
During certain local floods five married couples found themselves surrounded by water, and had to escape from their unpleasant position in a boat that would only hold three persons at a time. Every husband was ...

The Chalked Numbers

"We laughed greatly at a pretty jest on the part of Major Trenchard, a merry friend of the Squire's. Wit...

The Coloured Counters.
The diagram represents twenty-five coloured counters, Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Green (indicated by their initials), and there are five of each colour, numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The problem is so to plac...

The Banner Puzzle.
A Lady had a square piece of bunting with two lions on it, of which the illustration is an exactly reproduced reduction. She wished to cut the stuff into pieces that would fit together and form two square banne...

The Compasses Puzzle.
It is curious how an added condition or restriction will sometimes convert an absurdly easy puzzle into an interesting and perhaps difficult one. I remember buying in the street many years ago a little mechanic...

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 Crescent Puzzle.
Here is an easy geometrical puzzle. The crescent is formed by two circles, and C is the centre of the larger circle. The width of the crescent between B and D is 9 inches, and between E and F 5 inches. What are...

The Four Sevens.
In the illustration Professor Rackbrane is seen demonstrating one of the little posers with which he is accustomed to entertain his class. He believes that by taking his pupils off the beaten tracks he is the b...

Adding The Digits.
If I write the sum of money, L987, 5s. 41/2d., and add up the digits, they sum to 36. No digit has thus been used a second time in the amount or addition. This is the largest amount possible under the condition...

The Scientific Skater.
It will be seen that this skater has marked on the ice sixty-four points or stars, and he proposes to start _from his present position_ near the corner and enter every one of the points in fourteen straight lin...

The Three Villages.
I set out the other day to ride in a motor-car from Acrefield to Butterford, but by mistake I took the road going _via_ Cheesebury, which is nearer Acrefield than Butterford, and is twelve miles to the left of ...