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Old March 23rd, 2009, 08:20 AM   #1
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I have a few questions / puzzles from a popular pocket encyclopaedia from 1888 which you may like to try...


1) Divide 2 by 5 so the result will be 1000

2) Place 15 sheep in 4 pens so that there will be the same number of sheep in each pen

3) Arrange 5 numbers, none of which are greater than 10, so that when read from left to right, the one on the right will always be nearer to 10
than the preceding one, and the first number will be nearer 10 than the
5th

4) A lady sent a diamond cross to a jeweller to be repaired. She noted
that the number of diamonds, counting from the bottom of the cross to
the top, or from the bottom to the end of each cross piece , was 9. The
jeweller retained 2 diamonds, but the number counted in the same manner
was still 9. How?

I've re-phrased the next one as the answer was in the question.

5) A man rides into town and finds 3 brothers in a bit of a quandary.
Their father had died and left 17 horses to be shared amongst them. To
the eldest he leaves 1/2 his horses, to the next 1/3, and to the last
1/9. The man resolves the issue to everyone's satisfaction without
sacrificing a horse. How?

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Old March 23rd, 2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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I'll leave these to How, who's a Mensa member and a Norman to boot. Such things are too hard for simple Saxon folk like me.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:18 AM   #3
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I'd give them a go Robert- they are easier than you think at first

I only have the given answer for the last one - I worked the others out but I'm not sure about the sheep...
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 10:41 AM   #4
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 02:30 PM   #5
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2) Place 15 sheep in 4 pens so that there will be the same number of sheep in each pen
You don't interweave the planks forming the walls of two of the pens, do you? As in...

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You have three sheep in 2 pens and 6 sheep in 2 pens there Sam...

My answer is similar I suppose
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You have three sheep in 2 pens and 6 sheep in 2 pens there Sam...
I see an interesting paradox there, Nemo. 3 of those 6 are the same sheep - so how can they be in the same two pens at the same time?
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I'm not sure m8 - I haven't got the answer to this one!

They were fond of unsolved mysteries in 1888

Here's my attempt...

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oops - that's a bit big sorry...
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 03:41 PM   #10
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