Wood Workings.ca - Download the EBook Furniture MakingInformational Site Network Informational
Privacy
Home Top Rated Puzzles Most Viewed Puzzles All Puzzle Questions Random Puzzle Question Search


The Sompnour's Puzzle





(CANTERBURY PUZZLES)

The Sompnour, or Summoner, who, according to Chaucer, joined the party of pilgrims, was an officer whose duty was to summon delinquents to appear in ecclesiastical courts. In later times he became known as the apparitor. Our particular individual was a somewhat quaint though worthy man. "He was a gentle hireling and a kind; A better fellow should a man not find." In order that the reader may understand his appearance in the picture, it must be explained that his peculiar headgear is duly recorded by the poet. "A garland had he set upon his head, As great as if it were for an ale-stake."





One evening ten of the company stopped at a village inn and requested to be put up for the night, but mine host could only accommodate five of them. The Sompnour suggested that they should draw lots, and as he had had experience in such matters in the summoning of juries and in other ways, he arranged the company in a circle and proposed a "count out." Being of a chivalrous nature, his little plot was so to arrange that the men should all fall out and leave the ladies in possession. He therefore gave the Wife of Bath a number and directed her to count round and round the circle, in a clockwise direction, and the person on whom that number fell was immediately to step out of the ring. The count then began afresh at the next person. But the lady misunderstood her instructions, and selected in mistake the number eleven and started the count at herself. As will be found, this resulted in all the women falling out in turn instead of the men, for every eleventh person withdrawn from the circle is a lady.



"Of a truth it was no fault of mine," said the Sompnour next day to the company, "and herein is methinks a riddle. Can any tell me what number the good Wife should have used withal, and at which pilgrim she should have begun her count so that no other than the five men should have been counted out?" Of course, the point is to find the smallest number that will have the desired effect.








Read Answer





Next: The Monk's Puzzle

Previous: The Cook's Puzzle



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK




Random Questions

Puzzle In Reversals.
Money Puzzles
A Charitable Bequest.
Money Puzzles
The Star Puzzle.
The Guarded Chessboard
Plato And The Nines
MISCELLANEOUS PUZZLES
The Baskets Of Plums.
Magic Squares Problem.
The Four Lions.
Chessboard Problems
Rackbrane's Little Loss.
Money Puzzles
The Silver Cubes
Adventures of the Puzzle Club
Queer Relationships.
Money Puzzles
The Sheepfold.
Patchwork Puzzles
The Four Sons.
Patchwork Puzzles
The Table-top And Stools.
Various Dissection Puzzles
The Three Railway Stations.
Patchwork Puzzles
The Montenegrin Dice Game.
Puzzle Games.
Simple Division.
Money Puzzles