By Henry E. Dudeney, Martin Gardner
For 2 many years, self-taught mathematician Henry E. Dudeney wrote a puzzle web page, "Perplexities," for The Strand Magazine. Martin Gardner, longtime editor of Scientific American's mathematical video games column, hailed Dudeney as "England's maximum maker of puzzles," unsurpassed within the volume and caliber of his innovations. This compilation of Dudeney's long-inaccessible demanding situations attests to the puzzle-maker's reward for growing witty and compelling conundrums.
This treasury of interesting puzzles starts off with a range of arithmetical and algebraical difficulties, together with demanding situations related to cash, time, velocity, and distance. Geometrical difficulties stick with, in addition to combinatorial and topological difficulties that characteristic magic squares and stars, path and community puzzles, and map coloring puzzles. the gathering concludes with a chain of video game, domino, fit, and unclassified puzzles. ideas for all 536 difficulties are incorporated, and fascinating drawings brighten up the e-book.
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THE MAN AND THE DOG "Yes, when I take my dog for a walk," said a mathematical friend, "he frequently supplies me with some interesting puzzle to solve. One day, for example, he waited, as I left the door, to see which way I should go, and when I started he raced along to the end of the road, immediately returning to me; again racing to the end of the road and again returning. He did this four times in all, at a uniform speed, and then ran at my side the remaining distance, which according to my paces measured 27 yards.
1) When does the fly meet B? The fly then turns towards A and continues flying backwards and forwards between A and B. (2) When will the fly be crushed between the two cars if they collide and it does not get out of the way? 87. THE SUBWAY STAIRS We ran up against Percy Longman, a young athlete, the other day when leaving Curley Street subway station. He stopped at the elevator, saying, "I always go up by the stairs. A bit of exercise, you know. But this is the longest stairway on the line-nearly a thousand steps.
The answers given are 22 + 2 = 24, and 33 - 3 = 24. Readers familiar with the old "Four Fours" puzzle, and others of the same class, will ask why there are supposed to be only these solutions. With which of the remaining digits is a solution equally possible? 138. THE NINE BARRELS In how many different ways may these nine barrels be arranged in three tiers of three so that no barrel shall have a smaller number than its own below it or to the right of it? The first correct arrangement that will occur to you is I 23 at the top, then 4 5 6 in the second row, and 789 at the bottom, and my sketch gives a second arrangement.
536 Puzzles and Curious Problems by Henry E. Dudeney, Martin Gardner