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  • Mensa 1888

    I have a few questions / puzzles from a popular pocket encyclopaedia from 1888 which you may like to try...


    1) Divide 2 by 5 so the result will be 1000

    2) Place 15 sheep in 4 pens so that there will be the same number of sheep in each pen

    3) Arrange 5 numbers, none of which are greater than 10, so that when read from left to right, the one on the right will always be nearer to 10
    than the preceding one, and the first number will be nearer 10 than the
    5th

    4) A lady sent a diamond cross to a jeweller to be repaired. She noted
    that the number of diamonds, counting from the bottom of the cross to
    the top, or from the bottom to the end of each cross piece , was 9. The
    jeweller retained 2 diamonds, but the number counted in the same manner
    was still 9. How?

    I've re-phrased the next one as the answer was in the question.

    5) A man rides into town and finds 3 brothers in a bit of a quandary.
    Their father had died and left 17 horses to be shared amongst them. To
    the eldest he leaves 1/2 his horses, to the next 1/3, and to the last
    1/9. The man resolves the issue to everyone's satisfaction without
    sacrificing a horse. How?

    Good Luck!

  • #2
    I'll leave these to How, who's a Mensa member and a Norman to boot. Such things are too hard for simple Saxon folk like me.

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    • #3
      I'd give them a go Robert- they are easier than you think at first

      I only have the given answer for the last one - I worked the others out but I'm not sure about the sheep...

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      • #4
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nemo View Post
          2) Place 15 sheep in 4 pens so that there will be the same number of sheep in each pen
          You don't interweave the planks forming the walls of two of the pens, do you? As in...

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          • #6
            You have three sheep in 2 pens and 6 sheep in 2 pens there Sam...

            My answer is similar I suppose

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nemo View Post
              You have three sheep in 2 pens and 6 sheep in 2 pens there Sam...
              I see an interesting paradox there, Nemo. 3 of those 6 are the same sheep - so how can they be in the same two pens at the same time?

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              • #8
                I'm not sure m8 - I haven't got the answer to this one!

                They were fond of unsolved mysteries in 1888

                Here's my attempt...

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                • #9
                  oops - that's a bit big sorry...

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                  • #10
                    Hope this is OK...

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                    • #11
                      Apologies - I don't seem to be able to delete the biggun...

                      Both those fit the criteria do they not?

                      4 pens with the same number of sheep in each pen?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nemo View Post
                        Both those fit the criteria do they not? 4 pens with the same number of sheep in each pen?
                        I like solution 2 the best

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                        • #13
                          I like the big picture since the dotted sheep are bigger...bigger is more better. Next time, make it horsies in a pen or piggies..

                          Robert...I, uh, paid someone to get in with the eggheads. Don't tell anyone.

                          Good questions Nemo and thanks for posting them. I, uh, have a Jehovah Witless at the door at the moment and I am uh...sort of busy, because we're over here talking 'bout Ecclesiastes,Corinthians, and the second Book of Shlomo...I'll answer the questions a.s.a.p.

                          I laugh at the way the mortal Saxons and Welshmen are stumped with these questions....no wonder the Normans cooked their gooses..or geeses.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by How Brown View Post
                            I laugh at the way the mortal Saxons and Welshmen are stumped with these questions...
                            ... for some reason, I find it difficult to concentrate on anything else when sheep are mentioned. Is it becoz I is Welsh?

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                            • #15
                              I prefer the second solution Sam - but I'm sure I have come across a puzzle similar to this and I don't think that was the answer -

                              I've worked out the definitive answers for the others if that helps - they are much easier than you think - sort of "kick yourself when you know the answer" type of thing

                              + one other puzzle - from the 1893 edition...

                              A board 1" in thickness is 15" long and 9" wide. Saw the board into two pieces which when placed together will form a square 12" on each side


                              I haven't tried this one yet so I have no answer for it at the moment

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