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Under The Veil.
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The Riddle Of The Cellarer

Then Abbot David looked grave, and said that this incident brought to his mind the painful fact that John the Cellarer had been caught robbing the cask of best Malvoisie that was reserved for special occa...

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 "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 Farmer And His Sheep.
Farmer Longmore had a curious aptitude for arithmetic, and was known in his district as the "mathematical farmer." The new vicar was not aware of this fact when, meeting his worthy parishioner one day in the la...

The Cornish Cliff Mystery

Though the incident known in the Club as "The Cornish Cliff Mystery" has never been published, every one remembers the case with which it was connected—an embezzlement at Todd's Bank in Co...

Youthful Precocity.
The precocity of some youths is surprising. One is disposed to say on occasion, "That boy of yours is a genius, and he is certain to do great things when he grows up;" but past experience has taught us that he ...

The Forsaken King.
Set up the position shown in the diagram. Then the condition of the puzzle is--White to play and checkmate in six moves. Notwithstanding the complexities, I will show how the manner of play may be condensed int...

The Archery Butt

The butt or target used in archery at Solvamhall was not marked out in concentric rings as at the present day, but was prepared in fanciful designs. In the illustration is shown a numbered target prepared...

The Six Frogs.
The six educated frogs in the illustration are trained to reverse their order, so that their numbers shall read 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, with the blank square in its present position. They can jump to the next square ...

The Kennel Puzzle.
A man has twenty-five dog kennels all communicating with each other by doorways, as shown in the illustration. He wishes to arrange his twenty dogs so that they shall form a knight's string from dog No. 1 to do...

The Man Of Law's Puzzle

The Sergeant of the Law was "full rich of excellence. Discreet he was, and of great reverence." He was a very busy man, but, like many of us to-day, "he seemed busier than he was." He ...

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...

The Eight Rooks.
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The Hat Puzzle.
Ten hats were hung on pegs as shown in the illustration--five silk hats and five felt "bowlers," alternately silk and felt. The two pegs at the end of the row were empty. The puzzle is to remove two contiguous ...

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 Friar's Puzzle

The Friar was a merry fellow, with a sweet tongue and twinkling eyes. "Courteous he was and lowly of service. There was a man nowhere so virtuous." Yet he was "the best beggar in all his ho...

A Shopping Perplexity.
Two ladies went into a shop where, through some curious eccentricity, no change was given, and made purchases amounting together to less than five shillings. "Do you know," said one lady, "I find I shall requir...

The Twelve Pennies.
Here is a pretty little puzzle that only requires twelve pennies or counters. Arrange them in a circle, as shown in the illustration. Now take up one penny at a time and, passing it over two pennies, place it o...

The Round Table.
Seat the same n persons at a round table on (n - 1)(n - 2) -------------- 2 occasions so that no person shall ever have the same two neighbours twice. This is, of course, equivalent to saying...