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HERE'S a problem which has been puzzling Clancy ever since he got on the force. He has made a diagram of the situation and asks for the assistance of our clever puzzlists. He patrols seven blocks of the eighth ward, beginning and ending his nightly tour from the point he is indicating at the corner of Avenue A and Second Street. His orders are to patrol an uneven number of blocks on each street and avenue, so, as shown by the route, he goes either one, three, five or seven blocks before he turns. He knows all the servant girls in the houses he passes and some of them he says are right smart and pert, but before he selects a wife he would like to extend his route so as to discover a dark eyed beauty named Maggie Murphy, who he thinks lives in one of the houses off of his beat. You see he only passes those white houses and he wishes to find a route which complies to the regulations about only going an odd number of blocks on each avenue and street but will take him past the greatest possible number of houses.

Now, see if you can aid Clancy in the search for Maggie Murphy’s home.

Clancey's route is shown on the following diagram:


2. A Charade

Behead something irritating and leave something soothing.

Cipher Answer. — 20, 5, 1, 19, 9, 14, 7.


3. A Charade

My first is a creature of wonderful form;
My second gives shelter in sunshine and storm;
The empire of Flora embraces my whole,
Entire you may find me where sea-billows roll.


4. Rebus.

Whether backwards or forwards I'm read,

     Matters to me not a bit;

I am gentle and light, and transposed

     Am ever ready and fit.


5. A Charade

Aristides had, of Grecian fame,
My first appended to his name!
Where Boreas reigns my next is found,
Immersed in ocean's depths profound;
My whole the balance rightly scans,
And battles Fraud’s unhallowed plans!

Cipher Answer.— 10, 21, 19, 20, 9, 3, 5.


6. A Rebus

Four letters form me quite complete,

     As all who breathe do show;

Reversed, you’ll find I am the seat

     Of infamy and woe.

Transposed once more, I oft am seen mean,

     My name betrays my race;

Transposed once more,

     I oft am seen

To hide a lovely face.

Cipher Answer. — 12, 9, 22, 5.


7. A Charade

!FlatVers Enchain my vile first for the general weal, That a nation’s sad wounds may have leisure to heal; Encage my fierce next, but he springs from his lair, And gives thee for combat no time to prepare; Suppress my dire whole, lest, before thy shocked gaze Each smoldering spark burst into a blaze. !

Cipher Answer. — 18, 5, 2, 5, 12, 12, 9, 15, 14.




While discussing the problem of squaring an oblong, let us tell of a practical experience which befell our little friend Bo-Peep.

According to authorities on Mother Goose the carpenter who constructed the sheepfold for Miss Bo-Peep discovered that he could save two posts by making the fold square instead of oblong. "Either way would hold the same number of sheep” said the clever mechanic, “but the square thing is to have a post for every sheep to tie to!”

How many sheep must there have been in this famous flock?

Miss Bo-Peep must have had at least eight sheep in her flock. Eight posts arranged in a square would contain the same area as ten posts of an oblong—of course, assuming that the posts were in both cases set a uniform distance apart. For instance, if the posts he set one foot apart, an oblong with five posts on one side and two on the other would enclose four square feet and require ten posts. Whereas eight posts set one foot apart and arranged in a square will likewise enclose four square feet.

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