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I heard a man boasting the other day about his horsemanship, and among other things told how he had refused all assistance in subduing a vicious horse which failed to throw him from the saddle. Shortly afterwards I met a friend who had witnessed the feat of the bold rider, and who gave me such a humorous description of the incident that it struck me as being worthy of illustration in puzzle form. See if you can find the locality of the accident concealed in the description of the picture.

The concealed location of the bold rider is Dallas.

2. A Charade

In finding my first don’t he long,
And yet not so long for my second;
My whole affects him at the bar,
To whom little profit is recovered.

Cipher Answer.” 2, 18, 9, 5, 6, 12, 5, 19, 19.


3. A Curious Calculation.

When the Great Eastern was launched and was attracting attention from its great size, a mathematically inclined lunatic who had been in the pin business discovered that if a pin were dropped into the hold of the Great Eastern, and on that day week a second pin, and on that day week four pins, and so on, doubling the number of pins each week, for a year, there would be at the end of fifty-two Weeks, deposited no fewer than 4,503,599,627,370,495 pins. Allowing 200 to the ounce, the weight of the whole would be 628,292,358 tons, and to carry them all would require 27,924 ships as large as the Great Eastern, which was calculated to hold 22,500 tons.

4. A Rebus

I'm of little importance, so off with my head;
To a foe I might then be the terror and dread.
Decapitate twice, and reverse what remains.
And lo! You’ve a wandering sprite for your pains.

Cipher Answer. ”20, 18, 9, 6, 12, 5.


5. Anagram Puzzle.

Make one word with the letters nine thumps.


6. Numerical Enigma.

1, 17, 5, 6, 7, an opera.

9, 18, 19, a woman’s care.

15, 14, 10, 12, 16, a bone.

5, 2, 18, 12, a relative.

13, 11, 18, a recluse.

My whole is one of Shakespeare's plays.

Much ado about nothing.

7. Some Evolution Puzzles.

In how few changes can you convert lands into hills substituting one letter at a time and always forming perfect words?

Convert shoe into boot in three one-letter changes, always forming perfect words.

Convert beer into wine in five changes, substituting one letter at a time, always forming perfect words.

In how few changes can north be convened into south, changing only one letter at a time, always forming perfect words?

Lands, bands, hinds, hints, hilts, hills.

Shoe, shot, soot, boot.

Beer, bees, Ben's, bins, wins, wine.

North, forth, forts, torts, toots, tooth, sooth, south.

8. The Pasture Field


A Dutchman with a goat and a goose met a milkmaid leading a cow, whereupon the maiden screamed with terror.

“What frightens you?” asked Hans.

“You are going to kiss me against my will,” said the coy maid.

"How can I do that with these cranky animals on my hands?” asked Hans.

“What prevents you from thrusting your cane into the ground so as to fasten the goat to it and then put your goose under my pail?” queried the maiden.

“Because that cross-looking cow might hook me,” said Hans.

“Oh, that fool cow wouldn't hook nobody, and what is to prevent you from driving all three of them into my pasture field?” replied the terrified maiden. And right here comes the most interesting puzzle of the series which has yet been presented to our friends; for during the subsequent discussion the following facts developed: They found that the goat and the goose together would eat just as much grass as the cow, so if that field would pasture the cow and the goat for forty-five days, or the cow and the goose sixty days, or the goat and the goose for ninety days, how long would it pasture the cow, the goat and the goose? Early replies are requested, as Hans and Katrina are contemplating a speedy partnership.

In the puzzle of the pasture field it becomes necessary to figure upon the daily growth of grass. We were told that the cow eats as much as the goat and the goose. Therefore, if the cow and goat eat the stock of standing grass added to 45 days’ growth in 45 days, it is plain that 2 goats and a goose would take the same time. As a goat and goose would be twice as long, we see that one goat would take 90 days, and that the goose could just keep up with the growing grass. Therefore, if the cow eats 1/60 of the stock per day. and the goat 1/90, together they would eat 1/36. The answer is that the cow and goat would cat up the standing crop in 36 days, while the goose devotes the same time to taking care of the daily growth.

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