The last extract that I will give is one that
will, I think,
those readers who may find some of the above puzzles too easy .
It is a
hard nut, and should only be attempted by those who flatter themselves
that they possess strong intellectual teeth.
"Master Herbert Spearing, the son of a widow lady
a puzzle in arithmetic that looks simple, but nobody present was able
Of a truth I did not venture to attempt it myself, after the
young lawyer from Oxford, who they say is very learned in the
and a great scholar, failed to show us the answer.
He did assure us
he believed it could not be done, but I have since been told that it is
possible, though, of a certainty, I may not vouch for it.
brought with him two cubes of solid silver that belonged to his
He showed that, as they measured two inches every way, each contained
eight cubic inches of silver, and therefore the two contained together
sixteen cubic inches.
That which he wanted to know was—'Could
give him exact dimensions for two cubes that should together contain
seventeen cubic inches of silver?'"
Of course the cubes may be of
The idea of a Christmas Puzzle
Party, as devised
by the old
to have been excellent, and it might well be revived at the present day
by people who are fond of puzzles and who have grown tired of Book Teas
and similar recent introductions for the amusement of evening
Prizes could be awarded to the best solvers of the puzzles propounded