## THE NINE ALMONDS.

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Moving Counter Problem)

"Here is a little puzzle," said a Parson, "that I have found peculiarly

fascinating. It is so simple, and yet it keeps you interested

indefinitely."

The reverend gentleman took a sheet of paper and divided it off into

twenty-five squares, like a square portion of a chessboard. Then he

placed nine almonds on the central squares, as shown in the

illustration, where we have represented numbered counters for

convenience in giving the solution.

"Now, the puzzle is," continued the Parson, "to remove eight of the

almonds and leave the ninth in the central square. You make the removals

by jumping one almond over another to the vacant square beyond and

taking off the one jumped over--just as in draughts, only here you can

jump in any direction, and not diagonally only. The point is to do the

thing in the fewest possible moves."

The following specimen attempt will make everything clear. Jump 4 over

1, 5 over 9, 3 over 6, 5 over 3, 7 over 5 and 2, 4 over 7, 8 over 4. But

8 is not left in the central square, as it should be. Remember to remove

those you jump over. Any number of jumps in succession with the same

almond count as one move.

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