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  • THE FORTY-NINE STARS.
    on May 28, 2013
    The puzzle in this case is simply to take your pencil and, starting from one black star, strike out all the stars in twelve straight strokes, ending at the other black star. It will be seen that the attempt shown in the illustration requires fifteen...
  • THE LANGUISHING MAIDEN.
    on May 20, 2013
    A wicked baron in the good old days imprisoned an innocent maiden in one of the deepest dungeons beneath the castle moat. It will be seen from our illustration that there were sixty-three cells in the dungeon, all connected by open doors, and the mai...
  • THE ANTIQUARY'S CHAIN.
    on May 7, 2013
    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 not to be together. The following illustr...
  • THE FIVE CRESCENTS OF BYZANTIUM.
    on Apr 30, 2013
    When Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, found himself confronted with great difficulties in the siege of Byzantium, he set his men to undermine the walls. His desires, however, miscarried, for no sooner had the operations been...
  • A PROBLEM IN MOSAICS.
    on Apr 17, 2013
    The art of producing pictures or designs by means of joining together pieces of hard substances, either naturally or artificially coloured, is of very great antiquity. It was certainly known in the time of the Pharaohs, and we find a reference in the...
  • THE ABBOT'S WINDOW.
    on Apr 8, 2013
    Once upon a time the Lord Abbot of St. Edmondsbury, in consequence of "devotions too strong for his head," fell sick and was unable to leave his bed. As he lay awake, tossing his head restlessly from side to side, the attentive monks noticed that som...
  • THE NINE SCHOOLBOYS.
    on Apr 8, 2013
    This is a new and interesting companion puzzle to the "Fifteen Schoolgirls" (see solution of No. 269), and even in the simplest possible form in which I present it there are unquestionable difficulties. Nine schoolboys walk out in triplets on the six...
  • THOSE FIFTEEN SHEEP.
    on Mar 5, 2013
    A certain cyclopædia has the following curious problem, I am told: "Place fifteen sheep in four pens so that there shall be the same number of sheep in each pen." No answer whatever is vouchsafed, so I thought I would investigate the matter. I saw t...
  • A PUZZLE FOR MOTORISTS.
    on Feb 26, 2013
    Eight motorists drove to church one morning. Their respective houses and churches, together with the only roads available (the dotted lines), are shown. One went from his house A to his church A, another from his house B to his church B, another from...
  • THE TUBE INSPECTOR'S PUZZLE.
    on Feb 19, 2013
    The man in our illustration is in a little dilemma. He has just been appointed inspector of a certain system of tube railways, and it is his duty to inspect regularly, within a stated period, all the company's seventeen lines connecting twelve statio...
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