Creative Accounting

A farmer sent three sons to college. On their return home, wishing to see how their college education had fitted them for business, he gave to his youngest son ten eggs, to the second son thirty eggs, and to the eldest son fifty eggs. He told them to take their eggs to the market to […]

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Conundrum

The following couple of verses would be familiar to those who know the nursery rhyme As I was Going to St. Ives. As I was going to Handover Fists I met a man with seven wrists. The seven wrists had seven hands; The seven hands bore seven bonds; The seven bonds hid seven wounds: How […]

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Grandpa’s Magic Square Puzzle

When I was a boy, my grandfather used to give me puzzles for me to solve. The following puzzle is one of them. A magic square is an arrangement of numbers from 1 to n² in an n² matrix in which each number should only occur once. Every row, column, and diagonal of a magic […]

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A Riddle That Might Make You Angry

Here’s a trivia. There are only two “common” words which end in “-gry”: angry and hungry. The puzzler named “Nightowl” mentioned the old “-gry” words riddle in her Rochester, New York, newsletter The Ag Mine, Mar. 1997: A local newspaper columnist found the first logical explanation I have seen of that so-called riddle. The correct version of the riddle is […]

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More Solutions To The “17 Elephants/Cows/Horses/Camels” Type Puzzle

Previously, I posted a famous puzzle about an owner of seventeen elephants with three sons who died. In his will he wrote, “My eldest son gets half of my elephants, my middle son gets one-third, and my youngest son one-ninth of the seventeen elephants.” The man owned 17 elephants so it’s impossible to follow the will […]

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Little Octagons To A Big Octagon

A decoupage problem consists of cutting up one figure in order to reassemble its pieces in the shape of another figure. A closely related problem is one of assembling, starting with several figures of identical shape and then cutting them into pieces as economically as possible in order to reconstruct a similar figure of greater […]

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Country Names With One Syllable

There are only five countries which have one-syllable names in the English language. Can you name these countries?

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