The butt or target used in archery at Solvamhall
marked out in
concentric rings as at the present day, but was prepared in fanciful
In the illustration is shown a numbered target prepared by Sir
It is something of a curiosity, because it will be found
that he has so cleverly arranged the numbers that every one of the
lines of three adds up to exactly twenty-two.
One day, when the archers were a little tired of
Sir Hugh de
Fortibus said, "What ho, merry archers!
Of a truth it is said that a
fool's bolt is soon shot, but, by my faith, I know not any man among
who shall do that which I will now put forth.
Let these numbers that
upon the butt be set down afresh, so that the twelve lines thereof
make twenty and three instead of twenty and two."
To rearrange the numbers one
to nineteen so that
shall add up to twenty-three will be found a fascinating puzzle. Half
lines are, of course, on the sides, and the others radiate from the