

Scatterbrain the Treasurer was a bit of a ... well, scatterbrain, and he had forgotten how many gold, silver and bronze coins were kept in the town vaults. So he decided to ask the three guards, each of whom guarded one type of coin, how many coins were in his charge. However, the guards were uncooperative, and the best that Scatterbrain could get from each was a statement about the numbers of coins in the other two vaults. Dimwit, who was guarding the gold, said there were 3000 silver and 5000 bronze coins; Thickplank, who was in charge of the silver, said there were 3000 gold and 5000 bronze; while Beefbrain, who was protecting the bronze, said there were 4000 gold and 3000 silver. Unfortunately, only one guard was being truthful, each of the other two stating at least one false amount. If there were 12000 coins altogether, how many of each type were there? ... Hint ... Solution 






In the sum (shown left), the top row added to the middle row gives the bottom one. Working from top to bottom, remove one digit from each row, from any columns (closing the gaps) to leave three columns of digits, then a second digit from each row to leave two columns, and finally a third to leave one column so that a valid sum remains each time. What are the three sets of digits removed? ... Hint ... Solution 


On the previous occasion that the OarThrashers rowing club had met the Heaveho Rowing Club in an Eights event, the Thrashers had lost by several lengths. This time, with a judicious team selection, they had gone out on the river Eel and got even with their rivals. The local paper excitedly reported : "Eights event won on Eel  even!". If they could only manage to keep the same team and order they could maintain their success. However, only the reporter could remember which eight oarsmen had been selected from the 13 in the club and their positions in the boat. He reported that each of the eight crew had a unique team number from 012, the numbers of the club members and that number 3 was four places from 7, 4 sat somewhere in front of 2, and 5 was some place behind 0. Can you give the crew order viewed from the front of the boat? ... Hint ... Solution 

The Archaeologist Doug WitherTrowel was excavating a site in France when he came upon a fourletter English word engraved on a stone. In his notebook, he wrote that no two letters were identical, if one replaced each letter in the word with a number giving its alphabetic position (A=1, B=2 etc) the total of the letters is 20, and the sum of any three of the numbers is exactly divisible by the fourth number. His French assistant, reading the entry in the notebook, claimed the word was French. What was the English word on the stone? ... Hint ... Solution 
Whiskers
the cat was enjoying a prowl one Saturday afternoon when he spied Dotty
the duck in the nearby pond. Under cover of the wall at the top end of the
pond, Whiskers tiptoed towards the water. He sat there watching and waiting,
and when Dotty was close enough, the cat's head popped up from behind the
wall scaring the duck away. Dotty is shown constructed from eight matches
and two small coins. Can you move exactly two matches to change the duck
into a cat? ... Hint
... Solution 

This puzzlepoem of mine from October 1998 appeared in The Daily Telegraph (UK) and appears on the Island of Guernsey Poetry Page! "Hey Daddy,"
said Jill, "I'm feeling quite ill", 




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