The last extract
that I will give is one that
will, I think,
interest
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
in our
parish, proposed
a puzzle in arithmetic that looks simple, but nobody present was able
to
solve it.
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
mathematics
and a great scholar, failed to show us the answer.
He did assure us
that
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.
Master
Herbert
brought with him two cubes of solid silver that belonged to his
mother.
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
anybody
give him exact dimensions for two cubes that should together contain
just
seventeen cubic inches of silver?'"
Of course the cubes
may be of
different sizes.
The
idea of a Christmas Puzzle
Party, as devised
by the old
Squire, seems
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
parties.
Prizes could be awarded to the best solvers of the puzzles propounded
by
the guests.
See
answer
