"It
hath been said that the
proof of a pudding is
ever in the
eating
thereof, and by the teeth of Saint George I know no better way of
showing
how this placing of the figures may be done than by the doing of
it.

Therefore have I in suchwise written the numbers
that they do add up to
twenty and three in all the twelve lines of three that are upon the
butt."

I
think it well here to
supplement the solution of
De Fortibus
with a few
remarks of my own.

The nineteen numbers may be so arranged that the
lines
will add up to any number we may choose to select from 22 to 38
inclusive, excepting 30.

In some cases there are several different
solutions, but in the case of 23 there are only two.

I give one of
these.

To obtain the second solution exchange respectively 7, 10, 5, 8, 9, in
the illustration, with 13, 4, 17, 2, 15.

Also exchange 18 with 12, and
the other numbers may remain unmoved.

In every instance there must be
an
even number in the central place, and any such number from 2 to 18 may
occur.

Every solution has its complementary.

Thus, if for every number
in
the accompanying drawing we substitute the difference between it and
20,
we get the solution in the case of 37.

Similarly, from the arrangement
in
the original drawing, we may at once obtain a solution for the case of
38.