the Squire's Yeoman, who formed one of his
pilgrims, "A forester was he truly as I guess," and tells us that "His
arrows drooped not with feathers low, and in his hand he bare a mighty
a halt was made one day atayside
inn, bearing the old
sign of the "Chequers," this yeoman consented give the
exhibition of his skill.
nine good arrows, he said, "Mark ye,
good sirs, how that I shall shoot these nine arrows in such manner that
each of them shall lodge in the middle of one of the squares that be
the sign of the 'Chequers,' and yet of a truth shall no arrow be in
with any other arrow."
diagram will show exactly how he did this,
no two arrows will be found in line, horizontally, vertically, or
the Yeoman said: "Here then is a riddle for ye.
three of the arrows each to one of its neighbouring squares, so that
nine shall yet be so placed that none thereof may be in line with
a "neighbouring square" is meant one that adjoins, either
laterally or diagonally.