Franklin was in this
company; White was his
beard as is the
are told by Chaucer that he was a great householder and an
"Without baked meat never was his house.
Of fish and flesh, and that so
plenteous, It snowed in his house of meat and drink,
Of every dainty
men could bethink."
was a hospitable and
dormant in his hall alway Stood ready covered all throughout the
the repasts of
the Pilgrims he usually presided at one of the tables,
as we found him doing on the occasion when the cook propounded his
problem of the two pies.
day, at an inn just
outside Canterbury, the
on him to
produce the puzzle required of him; whereupon he placed on the table
sixteen bottles numbered 1, 2, 3, up to 15, with the last one marked
"Now, my masters," quoth he, "it will be fresh in your memories how
the good Clerk of Oxenford did show us a riddle touching what hath been
called the magic square.
a truth will I set before
ye another that
seem to be somewhat of a like kind, albeit there be little in common
betwixt them. Here be set out sixteen bottles in form of a square, and
pray you so place them afresh that they shall form a magic square,
up to thirty in all the ten straight ways.
mark well that ye may
remove more than ten of the bottles from their present places, for
therein layeth the subtlety of the riddle."
This is a little puzzle
may be conveniently tried with sixteen numbered counters.