The Monk that went
with the party was a great
lover of sport.
he had as swift as fowl of flight: Of riding and of hunting for the
Was all his love,
for no cost would he spare." One day
he addressed the
pilgrims as follows:
"There is a little
matter that hath at times
certes it is of no great weight; yet may it serve to try the wits of
that be cunning in such things.
Nine kennels have I for the use of my
dogs, and they be put in the form of a square; though the one in the
middle I do never use, it not being of a useful nature.
Now the riddle
to find in how many different ways I may place my dogs in all or any of
the outside kennels so that the
number of dogs on every side of the
square may be just ten.
The small diagrams
show four ways of doing it,
and though the fourth way is merely a reversal of the third, it counts
Any kennels may be