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 present for growing witty and compelling conundrums.
This treasury of interesting puzzles starts off with a variety of arithmetical and algebraical difficulties, together with demanding situations concerning cash, time, pace, and distance. Geometrical difficulties persist with, besides combinatorial and topological difficulties that characteristic magic squares and stars, direction and community puzzles, and map coloring puzzles. the gathering concludes with a chain of online game, domino, fit, and unclassified puzzles. suggestions for all 536 difficulties are integrated, and captivating drawings liven up the booklet.
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113. FACTORIZING What are the factors (the numbers that will divide it without any remainder) of this number-l 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 I? This is easily done if you happen to know something about numbers of this peculiar form. In fact, it is just as easy for me to give two factors if you insert, say, one hundred and one noughts, instead of eleven, between the two ones. There is a curious, easy, and beautiful rule for these cases. Can you find it? 114. FIND THE FACTORS Find two whole numbers with the smallest possible difference between them which, when multiplied together, will produce 1234567890.
WEIGHING THE BABY "I saw a funny incident at the railway station last summer," said a friend. , and they were engaged in the apparently difficult Weight Puzzles task of weighing the baby. Whenever they attempted to put the baby alone on the machine she always yelled and rolled off, while the father was holding off the dog, who always insisted on being included in the operations. " He produced a photograph, from which I have simply copied the dial, as that is all we need. "Then the man turned to his wife and said, 'It seems to me, my dear, that baby and I together weigh 162 lb.
Anderson and Brown have to go twenty miles and arrive at exactly the same time. They have only one bicycle. Anderson can only walk four miles an hour, while Brown can walk five miles an hour, but Anderson can ride ten miles an hour to Brown's eight miles an hour. How are they to arrange the journey? Each man always either walks or rides at the speeds mentioned, without any rests. Speed & Distance Puzzles 19 64. MORE BICYCLING Referring to the last puzzle, let us now consider the case where a third rider has to share the same bicycle.