The
Miller next
took the company aside and showed them nine
sacks of
flour that were standing as depicted in the sketch.

"Now,
hearken,
all
and some," said he, "while that I do set ye the riddle of the nine
sacks
of flour.

And
mark ye, my
lords and masters, that there be single sacks
on the outside, pairs next unto them, and three together in the middle
thereof.

By
Saint
Benedict, it doth so happen that if we do but
multiply
the pair, 28, by the single one, 7, the answer is 196, which is of a
truth the number shown by the sacks in the middle.

Yet
it be not
true
that the other pair, 34, when so multiplied by its neighbour, 5, will
also make 196.

Wherefore
I do
beg you, gentle sirs, so to place anew
the
nine sacks with as little trouble as possible that each pair when thus
multiplied by its single neighbour shall make the number in the
middle."

As
the Miller has
stipulated in effect that as few bags as possible
shall
be moved, there is only one answer to this puzzle, which everybody
should
be able to solve.

See answer