took the company aside and showed them nine
flour that were standing as depicted in the sketch.
and some," said he, "while that I do set ye the riddle of the nine
mark ye, my
lords and masters, that there be single sacks
on the outside, pairs next unto them, and three together in the middle
Benedict, it doth so happen that if we do but
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.
it be not
that the other pair, 34, when so multiplied by its neighbour, 5, will
also make 196.
beg you, gentle sirs, so to place anew
nine sacks with as little trouble as possible that each pair when thus
multiplied by its single neighbour shall make the number in the
the Miller has
stipulated in effect that as few bags as possible
be moved, there is only one answer to this puzzle, which everybody
be able to solve.