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PROPOSITION”Tell what money the conductor must have had.

I WAS RIDING IN A car the other day when I saw a fidgety oId gentleman paying his fare with a one dollar bill. The conductor had only 94 cents, but could not make the situation clear to the nervous old gentleman. Can you throw some light on the transaction by telling what money the conductor must have had?

In that simple little study in United States coins, wherein the conductor happened to be one cent short to change the dollar bill, it will be found that he must have had a fifty-cent piece, two twenty-cent pieces, a three-cent and a one-cent piece. As the smaller coins are of different sizes, he could not have had two two-cent pieces as some supposed.


My first may be borne by some sorrowful hack,
Which adds to his cares, and the sores on his back;
But ah! should he feel all the weight of my second,
His misery, nearly complete, may be reckoned;
My whole often adds to your pleasure or pest;
No more need I say”you‘ll soon find the rest.

Cypher Ans. 16, 1, 3, 11, 1, 7, 5.



When does a man cease to become a man? When he turns into a lane.

What is the difference between an auction and sea-sickness? One is the sale of effects, the other the effects of a sail.

What is the difference between a blind man and a sailor in prison? One cannot see to go out and the other can't go out to sea.

4. One Thing at a Time.

I am reminded of a simple yachting puzzle which was sprung upon me the other day during a conversation with one of the visiting yachtsmen I was invited to inspect the Shamrock, and in reply to casual comment upon the fact that the yachtsmen could not be drawn into an expression of views regarding the merits of the boats, my friend remarked: “You do not understand us Britishers; we are not so taciturn as you suppose but, an Englishman has a habit of doing but one thing at a time, while you Americans do a dozen things at once. An Englishman never talks while he eats or smokes, while with you it is looked upon as the most favorable time for conversation I remember being on a cruise with Sir Thomas,” he added, “when we smoked for two hours without saying a word, and as long as we had tobacco we smoked in silence.” I made a note of the incident for our young puzzlists, and will ask them to discover the locality cleverly concealed in the remark.


One thing at a time occurred at “Lowes.”

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