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3/8/2015
3/1/2015 It Is Nearing Tax Time! What uses are made of taxes?
2/22/2015 Zeno in the Wild West A stole a horse from B and made off with him. Five days afte...
2/15/2015 You Need a Lot of Latitude on This Stumper When it is 6 P.M. at St. Paul 98o4'55" west, it is 3...
2/8/2015 One Way to Celebrate Valentines Day! A man and his wife could drink a cask of beer in 20 days ...
2/1/2015 Do All By Monday...On Your Slates! In a one-room North Center School, circa 1810 and relocat...
1/25/2015 A Car Climb the Side of a House? The engine in a car weighing 2750 pounds develops 80 horsep...
1/18/2015 A Traveling? C B? Two men in Boston hire a carriage for $25 to go to Concor...
1/11/2015 Time Flies..... How many minutes are there since the birth of Christ to th...
1/4/2015 Go Past Three Boats, Turn Left at The Gas Station.... A sloop is bound from the main land of Africa to an islan...
12/14/2014 Servant's Suit A servant is engaged for a year for $280 and a suit of cl...
12/7/2014 Who's Answering It? "Smart" Student? "Slow" Student? Should the smartest boys and girls in your class be encoura...
11/30/2014 Is the Answer "One Pile"? Into the bright and refreshing outskirts of a forest, wh...
11/23/2014 A Thanksgiving Problem (Of Sorts) Two monkeys, having stolen a pile of walnuts and filberts fro...
11/9/2014 Investigate the Expanded Collection For more than 1600 problems of the type that have been ...
10/26/2014 Reality Show ala 1924 On the 4th of February, Mrs. Lucinda Picheron, while goin...
10/19/2014 Its Not a Digital Clock A clock loses 8.5 secs. an hour when the fire is alight, ...
10/12/2014 No Wonder They Were Called Vulgar Fractions The denominator of a certain fraction is 5 more than the ...
10/5/2014 Another Way to Count Sheep At Night in Bed A wayfarer asks a shepherd how many sheep he has. He repl...
9/28/2014 The Grass is Always Greener in Old Math Texts The uniformly growing grass on a certain meadow would be co...
9/21/2014 Missing the Conversion by a Mile...or was it a Metre? Consider this article taken from The Oregonian, from April ...
9/14/2014 Mahavira (850 A.D.) In the course of 3/7 of a day, a ship goes over 1/5 of a Kr...
6/8/2014 Why Lawyers Exist....But Can They Do The Math? A dying man wills that if a son is born to him he shall rec...
6/1/2014 What Happened...Something's Wrong! (9.) On a certain day in the American League baseball sea...
5/25/2014 Someone's Goose is Cooked! If a goose can be roasted in an hour and a half when susp...
5/18/2014 Fire!!! Fire!!! Ralph was examining the fire engine Steamer 16 one day, w...
5/11/2014 Union or Non-Union Workers? If 248 men, in 5 days of 11 hours each, dig a trench 230 ...
5/4/2014 What Math Word Problems Sound Like to Students Note: Though this problem is only 33 years old, it is justi...
4/27/2014 "Building Log Tables" in the Good Olde Days Given the common logarithms of the integers from 1 to 10 cor...
4/20/2014 Noli turbare circulos meos! How many changes may be made of the words in the followin...
4/13/2014 Enuff' Snuff If 5/17 lb. of snuff cost 3/14 pounds, what will 150 lbs....
4/6/2014 Scout's Use of Similar Right Triangles
3/30/2014 One Very Long Week-End With Friends Three men lived together, one of them found he could drin...
3/23/2014 A War-Time Calculation: Oh Geometry Don't Fail Me Now! A deep, rushing stream separates two hostile forces. To u...
3/16/2014 Paradox or Not? A Paradox submitted by F.R.S. Take a third of a number, ...
3/9/2014 Making The Easy Hard The Mathematical Miscellany originated in 1836, and was one...
3/2/2014 What if the Owner Lives in the Town of Such? Half of my cattle is in such a place, 1/8 in such, 1/10 i...
2/23/2014 Marching Catch-up If the army of the enemy sets out 6 days ago and is march...
2/16/2014 A Lot of Work for One Apple A man entered an orchard through gates and there took a c...
2/9/2014 Could You Pass... Examination for Admission Jersey City High School June ...
2/2/2014 Geometric Flowering Prove: If squares are constructed outwardly upon the six ...
1/26/2014 What's Your Dental Score? To find the “dental score” of a pupil, one school system ...
1/19/2014 Look For Rental Signs (a) Try to learn whether a small family can rent a flat o...
1/12/2014 Football Play-By-Play Use this scale drawing of a football field to answer the fo...
1/5/2014 But Rome is Only 100 Miles Away? Two citizens of Oppenheym called Heynrichson and Contz vo...
12/8/2013 Shrinking Woolen In the manufacture of woolens, it is found that when flan...
12/1/2013 Getting In Each Other’s Way A contractor engaged to pave 15 miles of road in 12 month...
11/24/2013 Mummes! Recorde's text was in form of a dialogue between Master a...
11/17/2013 What if Rum Was Thinned With Water? There were three farmers, 3 of whom drank rum and whiskey...
11/10/2013 Corporal Whacking Three problems as a set… John made 3 marks on one leaf ...
11/3/2013 It’s Important to Know Such Trivia Reduce 3 Weeks 1 Day 9 hours 36 min. to the Fraction of a...
10/27/2013 A Hexagon Becomes a Star Prove: The star-shaped polygon, formed by producing the s...
10/20/2013 Two Ants A-Crawling Two ants are 100 paces apart, crawling back and forth alo...
10/13/2013 Fair-Sharing a Meal There were two men, of whom the first had 3 small loaves ...
10/6/2013 Pre-e-Mail The number of post offices in the United States in 1853 w...
9/29/2013 Believe-It-Or-Not...Compute-It-Or-Not! Divide:
9/22/2013 Derisive Division Divide (35 1/2)/(49 2/3) of 119 1/5 by (86 5/7)/607 of 2/...
9/15/2013 Scandalous Clergyman A certain clergyman was to receive a salary of $700 a yea...
9/8/2013 Countin' Birdies With Poor Eyesight A man having his eyesight somewhat altered, began to tell...
6/2/2013 Cube Wrapped in Spherical Packaging What is the largest cube which can be cut from a sphere 4...
5/26/2013 Tasty Watered Beer One measured heap of beer, a quarter of which has been po...
5/19/2013 River Discharged! The depth of a river 500 ft. wide was measured at six equ...
5/12/2013 Only For Disciples of Diophantus To find out three numbers, ye sages refin'd, Your assist...
5/5/2013 Variable Age A gentleman being asked the age of his son, answered, “My...
4/28/2013 Contrived Proof A problem posed by T. Hewitt, London: Ye learned in numb...
4/21/2013 Acres Per Servant A farmer kept a servant for every 50 acres he possessed, ...
4/14/2013 Floatin' Down The River Wishing to ascertain the amount of water discharged by a ...
4/7/2013 Variable Money A gentleman, being asked how much money he had in his poc...
3/31/2013 He Had a Thirst at First A person goes to a tavern with a certain sum of money in ...
3/24/2013 Growing Cannon Ball If a cannon ball of 3 inches diameter weigh 3 ½ lbs., wha...
3/17/2013 Arm of the Crooked Bean A merchant has a fraudulent balance: He buys in on the sh...
3/10/2013 Tired Birds…May Miss Each Other on a Cloudy Day There are three birds in a tree. One flies toward the eas...
3/3/2013 S(Mote) that Moat The wall of a Town is 17 feet high which is surrounded by...
2/24/2013 Can He Pay His Income Tax in Barley Corns? A thrasher worked 20 days for a farmer, and received for ...
2/17/2013 Racing Trees One tree grows 3 feet the first day, and its daily rate o...
2/10/2013 The Long Chase is On Three men, C, D, and E, start at the same time, and from ...
2/3/2013 Can You Pass This Test to Enter High School? Admission Examination Jersey City High School June 1885...
1/27/2013 I’ll Stay on Land...Olde Beef? Suppose the sea allowance for the common men to be 5 lb’s...
1/20/2013 Oaken Barn Floor How many oaken planks will floor a barn 60 1/2 feet long ...
1/13/2013 Sure Sursolids Extract the sursolid, or fifth root, of 30768228211067156...
1/6/2013 Vulgar Moidore Express 6/7 of a moidore in the fraction of a pound.
12/9/2012 No Cold Food For X Months The Daniels family are planning to buy a new refrigerator...
12/2/2012 Dry Your Soap First! If soap is left unwrapped in a dry place, it loses at lea...
11/25/2012 One Shovelful of Coal By saving a shovelful of coal each day, Mrs. Burt saved 1...
11/18/2012 Struck It Rich! A man returning from Pike’s Peak has 36 lb. 8 oz. of pure...
11/11/2012 Cut Cotton Wages After the wages of the girls in the cotton factory had be...
11/4/2012 No Moralize-Zing Here While traveling, I met 11 beggars, 2 were cripples, 3 wer...
10/28/2012 Oh To Be Tobey Wasteful! Tobey Wasteful spends each day for beer 15 cents, for cig...
10/21/2012 Age-Less If A’s age were increased by its 3/7, its 4/5, and 19, t...
10/14/2012 Have You Heard of This Herd? Half of my cattle is in such a place, 1/8 in such, 1/10 i...
10/7/2012 Peg to Peg A man drives 97 pegs on a straight line and spaces them 3...
9/30/2012 When Men Were Men If a man and a half, all of whom speak Scot’s Gaelic as w...
9/23/2012 Plane Geometry
By Emma Rounds
'Twas Euclid, and the constant pi Did plane and solid ...
9/16/2012 IF... If you can solve a literal equation And rationalize de...
9/9/2012 Forty-Minute Test: Percentage II At the end of the Krampner & Grady text, multiple "F...
9/2/2012 Forty-Minute Test: Percentage II At the end of the Krampner & Grady text, multiple "F...
6/3/2012 Quoth and Demand Three Persons, viz. A, B, C, thus discourse together conc...
5/27/2012 Pre-Einstein Perspective A man running 30o west of north at 8 miles per hour overt...
5/20/2012 Reduce...Or I'll Call Jenny Craig! Reduce 1/2 of 2/3 of 3/4 of 4/5 of 5/6 of 7/8 to a single f...
5/13/2012 The Problem with Geese A man overtaking a maid driving a flock of geese, said to...
5/6/2012 Horse and His Furniture A horse in his furniture is worth £37 5 s., out of it 14 ...
4/29/2012 Neptune Realty Neptune laid out 1,000 square miles of the surface of the...
4/22/2012 Age of the World Add the age of the world before Christ, 4004 to the year ...
4/15/2012 Safe...Then Out...Then... It takes three-fourths of a second for a ball to go from th...
4/8/2012 Negative Arithmetic in 1719...Negative! Negative Arithmetic....Not what you thought it would be! In...
4/1/2012 Vulgar Division in 1719 Can you figure out how this division of fractions works? ...
3/25/2012 Longer Long Division in 1719 Can you figure out how this long division problem works? ...
3/18/2012 Equation Run-On! In 1719 No Less... A clear case of equation-run-on, call the mathematical poli...
3/11/2012 Plethora of Arithmetics in 1719 Did you know there were this many types of Arithmetic...and...
3/4/2012 Broken Numbers in 1719 Consider this description of "fraction"...complet...
2/26/2012 Pass the Test? But...No Algebra? Entrance Examination In Mathematics (Fuh Tan University...
2/19/2012 Hiding Behind A Tree The footpaths on the opposite sides of a street are 30 ft...
2/12/2012 Math Magic If 1/3 of 6 were three, what would 1/4 of 20 be?
2/5/2012 Vulgar Fractions, No Less! Reduce .1’, .3’, .9’, .`01’, and .`142857’ to their equiv...
1/29/2012 You Sit Here, You Sit There A young scholar, coming to town for the convenience of a ...
1/22/2012 Threepenny vs Fourpenny? If 144 threepenny loaves serve 18 men for 6 days, how man...
1/15/2012 The Fortune of a Dower What sum did a gentleman receive as a dower with his wife...
1/8/2012 Feel the Breeze? Allowing the earth to revolve on its axis in exactly 24 h...
1/1/2012 Using Mathematics As Chinese Propaganda Thirty-one U.S. B-29 bombers and over forty U.S. fighte...
12/11/2011 "Special" Special Days In the common year how many days from each Quarter-day to...
12/4/2011 First, What's a Moiety of Oranges? If a chest of oranges, 1292 in number, be distributed, on...
11/27/2011 Is His Salary Increasing or Decreasing? A servant agrees with a master for 12 months, on the cond...
11/20/2011 For the Clock Watchers A watch which is 10’ too fast at noon on Monday gains 3’1...
11/13/2011 How To Lose Friends A party at a tavern had a bill of £4 to pay between them,...
11/6/2011 Base-Ick Mathematics Divide 234431 by 414 (quinary), and extract the square root...
10/30/2011 Fore-Wheel of a Four-Wheel Carriage The fore-wheel of a carriage makes 6 revolutions more tha...
10/16/2011 Does This Radical Problem Fit the Common Core Standards? Find the cube root of 1 - 6x + 21x2 – 56x3 + 111x4 – 174x...
10/9/2011 Horse Trading Mathematics A man wishing to purchase a horse, refused to give 24 dol...
10/2/2011 Give This Problem a Hand If you should lose one finger from one hand; how many wou...
9/25/2011 But Did He Walk While in Town? A man walks to town at the rate of 4 mi. per hour and rid...
9/18/2011 The Clever Tramp A tramp came to a merchant and purchased a pair of blanke...
9/11/2011 Olde Calculation Algorithms IN 1702, Alain Manesson Mallet published his La Geometrie P...
9/4/2011 Could You Pass This Entrance Test? High School Entrance Examination For Mathematics (China...
6/5/2011 Using Mathematics As Chinese Propaganda In the United States of America, the number of half-sta...
5/29/2011 Hiding Behind Trees The footpaths on the opposite sides of a street are 30 ...
5/22/2011 A One-Question End-of-Year Exam The following question was the ONLY question on a Russi...
5/15/2011 Pick a Number This number trick was proposed as a mathematical “stick...
5/8/2011 Crossing the River of Jealousy There are three men, young, handsome, and gallant, who ...
5/1/2011 The Great Balsam Theft Three men robbed a gentleman of a vase containing twent...
4/24/2011 Choose Raise of $2.50 Quarterly! Two clerks are engaged, one at a salary which begins at...
4/17/2011 Is Ben's “Frugal Thought” Correct…. In an Acre of Land are 43560 square feet, In 100 Acres...
4/10/2011 At Least Two Things Are Wrong...Can You Find Them? In the words of Benjamin Franlin: "Numbers that ar...
4/3/2011 Are You Up to This Scissor Challenge? Prove, by a drawing, that 40 cards 3” x 5” can be cut fro...
3/27/2011 Mind You...Meeting of the Medians Could today's students do problems 5 or 10... Or, is it ...
3/20/2011 Ebay Eureka! On ebay, a vendor recently was trying to sell the cover t...
3/13/2011 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #7 Is it possible to make a symmetrical trapezium using no m...
3/6/2011 Math History ala a Digital Clock A slight variation this week for something unusual....(i.e....
2/27/2011 Rule of Thumb or Proveable? Consider this page from a rare geometry text: On the l...
2/20/2011 Same Car Problems Today?....It's Cheaper to Get a New Car! Before going on a long trip, Mr. Dean had the following w...
2/13/2011 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #6 Is it possible to make a rhomboid without using more than...
1/30/2011 How Clever Friends Lose Their Cleverness One fourth of Sarasa birds are seen in the midst of a clu...
1/23/2011 Darn Dirhem Division Dilemma A dirhem and a half is to be divided equally among one pe...
1/16/2011 Sort of Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #5 In how many ways can you divide an equilateral triangle i...
1/9/2011 Channeling...to Work Together There is a reservoir with five channels bringing in water...
1/2/2011 What Is The Problem? Another glimpse at the past.... The caption of this news...
12/12/2010 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #4 Given an arc of a circle: it is required to find the cent...
12/5/2010 But Do Rabbits and Pheasants Get Along? A number of pheasants and rabbits are placed together in th...
11/28/2010 And All I Wanted Was Some Eggs? Cockerels cost 5 qian each, hens 3 qian each and three ch...
11/21/2010 Pace Yourself When Doing This Problem There is a square town of unknown dimensions. There is a ...
11/14/2010 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #3 Can you divide an angle into four equal angles, without u...
11/7/2010 Nein, Nine! Suppose that, after going through a town gate, you see 9 ...
10/31/2010 Sheepish Question Boy shepherd B with his one sheep behind him asked shephe...
10/24/2010 Division Happiness Find a number so that upon division by 3 you get a remain...
10/17/2010 Pascal, Do You Recognize this Problem? "Draw a square. Beginning at half the square, draw t...
10/10/2010 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #2 Can you construct a square on a line without using any ot...
10/3/2010 Three Impossible Problems of Antiquity Solve these three problems, within the constraints of Gre...
9/26/2010 Seeking the Seked If a pyramid is 250 cubits high and the side of its base ...
9/19/2010 Problem of Points...I Get...You Get... Suppose gamblers A and B agree to play a series of fair d...
9/12/2010 Can You...Maybe Yes...Maybe No... #1 Can you divide a line into four equal parts, without usin...
9/5/2010 Seven Bridges to Travel A river runs through Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, ...
5/30/2010 Even Martin Gardner Shared "Golden Oldies" In one of his early "Mathematical Games" columns,...
5/23/2010 Measure Twice...Cut Once? The following page is taken from Arthur Hopton's Baculum Ge...
5/16/2010 Horse Trading A dealer sold two horses for $150 each; on one he gained ...
5/9/2010 Walk the Apple Line Place 100 apples in a right line, 3 yd. from each other, ...
5/2/2010 No Extra Blades of Grass! How long a rope will it take to fasten a horse to a post ...
4/25/2010 Do We Read Decimals? Read the following decimal number: 13.0008241094710947.
4/18/2010 Makes Little Cents! What part of 3 cents is 2/3 of 2 cents.
4/11/2010 Tithed Reading The Bible has 31173 verses: in how many days can I read i...
4/4/2010 Mr. Brown's Account Book The following is Mr. Brown’s private account for two week...
3/28/2010 Choosing the Cheaper Suit Which is the cheaper, a suit of clothes which costs $56 a...
3/21/2010 Head-Acres! From a section of land bought of the U.S. Government at $...
3/14/2010 Using Laths to Work Up a Lather At 40¢ a bunch for laths, 5¢ a sq. yd. for labor, and 8¢ a ...
3/7/2010 Old-time GPS Needed When it is 8 o’clock A.M. in New Orleans, it is 9 hr. 5 m...
2/28/2010 Is That Demi Moore Cooking in the Kitchen? How many demijohns containing 1 gal. 1 qt. 2 gi. can be f...
2/21/2010 Sign as a Unit of Measure? How many degrees in a sign? In 7 signs? In 11 signs? In 1...
2/14/2010 Watch My Watch My friend’s watch loses 2 minutes in 3 hours, and mine ga...
2/7/2010 Ride n'Walk How far may a person ride in a coach, which goes at the r...
1/31/2010 Drink Pear Mead in Pairs B can drink 6 quarts of mead in 4 days; 2/3 of what B dri...
1/24/2010 A Horse at Hand How many feet high is a horse which measures 15 ½ hands h...
1/17/2010 Hot Dig-Ity It has been found that the temperature of the earth near th...
1/10/2010 1904 Plus Some Change In the United States the average cost of living in 1860 w...
12/13/2009 Double Fellowship? A and B hold a piece of ground in common, for which they ...
12/6/2009 But, This Was Proven Impossible by Wantzel in 1837?
11/22/2009 No Wonder Girls Were Turned Off By Mathematics Pretty girl with tremulous eyes, if thou know the correct...
11/8/2009 Ah...the Days Before PACs and Under-the-table PERQs The Vice President's salary is $5000 a year: if his daily...
11/1/2009 After Uncle Sam Takes a Third of That Income? How many dollars a day must a man spend, to use an income...
10/25/2009 What Recipe Requires 32/43 Of A Pound? If 11/13 of a pound of sugar cost 7/15 of a shilling, wha...
10/18/2009 Math Questions Can Be So Practical Sometimes.... A cucumber grew to the length 1/3960 of a mile; what part...
10/11/2009 Taboo-Hoo A company at a tavern had 8 pounds 15 shillings to pay fo...
10/4/2009 Racing by Leaps and Hounds, Winning By A Hare A hare is 50 leaps before a grey hound, and takes 4 leaps...
9/27/2009 A Fishy Story There is a fish, whose tail weighs 9 lb, his head weighs ...
9/20/2009 The Will Will Rule! A man dying left his wife in expectation, that a child wo...
9/13/2009 Which Is The Best Nag? A gentleman has two horses of considerable value, and a s...
8/30/2009 And the Son's Frustration Continues... To begin the school year, I am reprinting a "classic&quo...
5/31/2009 A Lot....If He Still Owns The Land Today A man purchased a house for 2375 dollars, and expended 34...
5/24/2009 At Least It Wasn't a Noble, Which Equals 20 Groats! By selling 240 oranges at 5 for 2 d. half of which cost 3...
5/17/2009 Must Have Trained Hens.... The length of my garden is 94 feet; now if eggs be laid a...
5/3/2009 Tomorrow's Headlines: Wolf Eats Boatman! A boatman has to ferry across a stream a wolf, a goat, an...
4/26/2009 Odd...You Don't Even Have to Know What A Ducat Is Two persons wish to barter. One has wax worth 8 1/2 ducat...
4/19/2009 The Difference Between Fish and Wine Two men purchased an 8-gallon cask of wine, and desired t...
4/12/2009 2 Bee or Not 2 Bee Out of a swarm of bees one-fifth part settled on a blosso...
3/29/2009 Dog Wins Race By a Hare! A dog chasing a hare which has a start of one hundred an...
3/22/2009 202 In The Fifth Fold And 0 In The Other Folds? A sheperd had a flock two hundred and two sheep in differ...
3/15/2009 The Original Odd Couple An ape and an eagle lived at the top of a cliff one hundr...
3/8/2009 Now This Is a Real-World Problem.... If there are seven thousand eight hundred and ninety coun...
3/1/2009 Do Ewe Know? The number of sheep in a flock was such that if there had...
2/15/2009 What About the Number 1, Theon? Why is it that cubical numbers are always equal to the su...
2/8/2009 Well, Before I Get the Answer.... A cistern can be filled by 4 pipes. One fills it in a day...
2/1/2009 This Situation is Debata"Bull"! The son had a herd of bulls and cows, all of which were w...
1/25/2009 Another Corny Mule Yarn A mule and a donkey were going to market laden with corn....
1/18/2009 How to Frustrate Your Son! A parent called to his son across a field, and bade him c...
1/11/2009 Are You "Series"ious? Seven old women go to Memphis; each woman has seven mules...
1/4/2009 How Many Spans in a Cubit? In a certain lake the tip of the bud of a lotus was seen ...
12/7/2008 (Un)Fair(er) Share Divide $40 among 5 men, 6 women, and 7 boys; giving each wo...
11/23/2008 John Wayne Would Get this One Right.... A drover bought cattle at $46.56 per head, and sold them ...
11/16/2008 Can I Use a Ruler? Without the use of a protractor, construct a parallelogra...
11/9/2008 You Have 10 Seconds....
11/2/2008 What If It Was Digital? A time bomb is set to explode when the hands of the contr...
10/26/2008 Measuring Change: Lesson IX 1. In 2 cords how many cord feet? 2. In 4 cords how man...
10/19/2008 Tale of the Tail A fisherman sells a sturgeon weighing sixty pounds to three...
10/12/2008 No Water? Eighteen poor men, women and children ate eighteen loaves...
10/5/2008 Was His Name Rosie? A riveter in a West Coast yard reported that in one week'...
9/28/2008 Was It Worth It? The cost of Christopher Columbus' voyage to America was $...
9/21/2008 Equivalent to a SAT Score of ? ANNUAL CATALOGUE OF THE GEORGIA SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY Organ...
9/14/2008 You Have 10 Seconds...
9/7/2008 Did George Washington Study this Book? In Paris in 1770, Etienne Bézout wrote a 474-page book on A...
8/31/2008 Did You Get the Yoke? But suppose I have a piece of meadow that is three times...
6/15/2008 A Neat but "Frail" Problem! If 24 lb. of raisins cost 6s. 6d. what will 18 frails cos...
6/8/2008 A Division Problem For Calvin... Divide 558001172606176724 by 2708630425.
6/1/2008 No Rum? Shipped for Barbadoes 500 pair of stockings at 3s. 6d. pe...
5/11/2008 Look Under the Sofa? Show how to find sides, integral, fractional, and irrationa...
5/4/2008 No Slowing Down for a Stop at the Station? A train runs at a uniform rate between two points 280 mil...
4/20/2008 No Money Left for Insurance A man estimated that the engine of his car burns one gall...
4/13/2008 Danger: Requires High Levels of Thought!
4/6/2008 Notice...."The Art of...." In London in 1721, William Hawney wrote this 346-page text...
3/30/2008 Watering Spirits Down...Legal in Canada? How much water must be added to a cask containing 60 gallon...
3/23/2008 And Send 8 Bushels to the IRS, Please! A man worked 8 days and received in payment 24 bushels of p...
3/16/2008 Logs Are a Bear! If the logarithm of 3 is 0.477121, what is the logarithm of...
3/9/2008 Little Chicken Little A rooster costs five pieces of money, a hen three pieces, a...
2/24/2008 Shake on It Recognize this current classic in old clothes? In a lodge...
2/17/2008 What...No Pigs? A problem supposedly posed by the great Leonhard Euler: Fo...
2/10/2008 Krispy Kreme Lolipop or....? Jane is inclined to be lazy and takes little exercise. She ...
2/3/2008 Hide and Seek at Sea A destroyer division in attempting to intercept an enemy ...
1/27/2008 Greener Pastures A problem supposedly posed by the great Isaac Newton: Thre...
1/13/2008 Call Me Mr. Predictable A cryptographer in deciphering an enemy message composed ...
12/16/2007 Ah, "Square" the Circle and Draw the Two Diagonals... If a carpenter has a circular piece of wood, how can he det...
12/9/2007 Jeeper by the Dozen An army jeep covers a certain patrol in 78% of the time r...
12/2/2007 Round and Round It Goes.... The automobile tire of a combat car is 34 in. in diameter...
11/25/2007 A Dilemma From the Good Old Days..... In a city, a desirable building lot for a house costs $2200...
11/18/2007 Before or After Little Johnny in Row 2 Exhaled? In a schoolroom 27 feet wide, 34 feet long, and 10 feet h...
11/11/2007 A Test: Is a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words? In Paris in 1764, Abbé De la Caille wrote this 277-page tex...
11/4/2007 No Lunch Break? A contractor's dredge can travel 7 miles per hour. It att...
10/28/2007 Religion and Mathematics If an archbishop can pray a soul out of purgatory in an ...
10/14/2007 An Old Surpriser... A bottle and a stopper cost $1.10, and the bottle cost $1...
10/7/2007 A 50-pound Sailor? A submarine compensates its overall weight by adding and ...
9/30/2007 Tanks... Alot! An Army medium-tank design specified that its tonnage was...
9/23/2007 Broken Numbers....Digested....In Ireland? Daniel Voster wrote this 280-page text Arithmetick in Whole...
9/16/2007 2 Cents Worth.....Please! Items on the first printed menu in America, for the restu...
9/9/2007 Draw a Diagram, Set up a Table... Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I ...
9/2/2007 2 1/2 months....For a Teaching Job? In case you cannot read it: Three boys A, B, and C went...
8/26/2007 Hammurabi Puzzler Two bur is the area; the length exceeded the width by 126...
6/17/2007 Measuring Change: Lesson VII 1. In 2 yards how many inches? 2. In 4 rods how many ya...
6/10/2007 One for You, Two for Me.... Divide 100 loaves among 10 men including a boatman, a fo...
6/3/2007 The Old-Time Exercise Machine! How many men are required upon a tread-mill, 20 feet in ...
5/27/2007 Let Me Check My PDA (Patriotic Date Assistant)? The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4th, 177...
5/20/2007 Why Would You Put a Hogshead in a Well? The diameter of a cistern is 8 feet; what must be its he...
5/13/2007 brickwall What is the cost of a brick wall 60 feet long, 20...
5/6/2007 Need a Log Table? If a piece of round timber be 18 feet long, and the quart...
4/29/2007 Who is Trying to Escape? The top of a castle is 45 yards high and the castle is su...
4/22/2007 C is for Competitive, A is for Arrogant, B is for Between.... A has 20% more money than B, who has 25% more than C. A h...
4/15/2007 Ah...So You Want to Go Back to the Basics Find one edge of a cube whose volume is 2515.456 cubic in...
4/1/2007 De-Cart's Horse Problem A horse cost one-fourth more than a carriage; the horse w...
3/25/2007 Watch the Watch.... At what time between 8 and 9 o'clock are the hands of a w...
3/18/2007 Equal Shares....Means No Beef! A man wished to divide 75 cwt. 2 qrs. 10 lbs. of beef equ...
3/11/2007 Corn Husking? A and B can husk a field of corn in 10 days. A can do it ...
3/4/2007 Pose a Problem Circa 1920 This boy and girl have measured the room. They find it to...
2/25/2007 Do You Mean Money or Liquor? A man earned 7/8 of one dollar for his work. He spent 3/...
2/18/2007 Would You Please Repeat that Slowly.... To gauge a cask, that is, to find how much it holds, Find...
2/11/2007 Three Collinear Points Forming Rectangles? Proposition 1: If from A, the vertex of any triangle ABC,...
2/4/2007 How Many Rods in a Rood? A man has 3 farms; the first containing 150 acres, 2 rood...
1/28/2007 Watch That Ladder A ladder is placed perpendicular to the plane of the hor...
1/21/2007 The Job Prob A can do a job in 9 days. B can do the job in 6 days and C ...
1/14/2007 Poetic Problems: I Do! When first the Marriage Knot was tied Between my Wife an...
1/7/2007 Fishy Mathematics The head of a fish is 9 inches in length, its tail is as ...
12/31/2006 A Ducat for Your Thoughts Reduce 246 Venetian ducats de Banco into sterling money....
12/17/2006 Always Wanted to be a Cheesemonger Pay a baker's bill of two pounds, a grocer's of three pou...
12/10/2006 And Which War Would This Be? A certain captain being asked how many soldiers he had in...
12/3/2006 Teacher with Brains? Is there a danger that one may know too much mathematics ...
11/19/2006 You Bet Your Life! A man has two life insurance policies, one for $1500 an...
11/12/2006 25 1/2% Off? A certain stove listed at $64 is sold with discounts of...
11/5/2006 Doesn't "Remaining" Mean to Subtract? Add the greatest and the least of the three fractions 1...
10/29/2006 Where's My Slide Rule? Divide thirty-two hundred millionths by sixty-four ten-th...
10/22/2006 Horse For Sale A horse was sold so that 4/5 of the gain was 2/15 of the ...
10/15/2006 Perch? What will be the cost of building a stone wall 40 rods long...
10/1/2006 Play a Game of Young Maid A maid being asked her age, replied If it by three be mu...
9/17/2006 Pipe Schemes A fountain has 4 receiving pipes, A, B, C, and D; A, B, a...
9/3/2006 Cigars for Food There were 1032467 cigars made in Westfield in 1 month. I...
8/27/2006 Rushing Russians Two old women started at sunrise and each walked at a con...
6/25/2006 Me and My Shadow The longest noonday winter shadow of an upright object is...
6/18/2006 The Gold Room How many $20 gold pieces can be put in a room 20 feet lon...
6/11/2006 Whether Weather... It has been clear for 15 consecutive days, what is the ch...
6/4/2006 At Precisely 11:11 pm on..... A owes me $100 due in two years, and I owe him $200 due ...
5/28/2006 Can I Use My Fingers? Divide 558001172606176724 by 2708630425. Multiply 6247486...
5/14/2006 Left, Right, Across.... Three men, C, D, and E, start at the same time, and from th...
5/7/2006 Weigh Way A merchant had a fradulant balance: He buys in on the short...
4/30/2006 Principle = Interest? One KUR is borrowed at interest. How many years before the ...
4/23/2006 A Barrel of Fun The mean diameter of a barrel being equal to the head diame...
4/16/2006 More Than a Round Farm? What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distan...
4/9/2006 Weed Waste A man pays $6 yearly for tobacco from the age of 16 until he ...
3/26/2006 Mother Goose Dilemma There was an old woman tossed up in a basket Ninety times as...
3/12/2006 An Ancient Value of Pi Add 4 to 100, multiply by 8 and add 62,000. This is the appr...
3/5/2006 Baker (1568) A mayde carieing egges unto the market, and it happened a mer...
2/26/2006 Pacioli (1494) A mouse is at the top of a poplar tree 60 braccia high, and a...
2/19/2006 Baker (1568) A man having his eyesight somewhat altered, began to tell a...
2/12/2006 Tartaglia (1556) A man who had a certain amount of capitol, fell to gambling a...
1/29/2006 Some Horseshoe Sum Then what you say to this equation? If I sold unto you an hor...
1/22/2006 Fibonacci (1202) There is a lion in a well whose depth is 50 palms. He climbs...
1/8/2006 Brahmagupta (628 A.D.) A cat sitting on a wall 4 cubits high, saw a rat prowling 8 c...
1/1/2006 Diophantus or Heron in Greek Anthology (500 A.D.) I am a brazen lion; my spouts are my two eyes, my mouth, ...
12/18/2005 Ye Olde Piero-Polo-Zuanne Problem Three merchants have invested their money in a partnership, w...
12/11/2005 Help? A contractor contracts to finish a piece of work in 30 days...
12/4/2005 Why 792? If when a number is divided continuously by 8, 9, and 11 the ...
11/27/2005 A and B Are Still At It A and B, starting at opposite corners of a square whose side ...
11/13/2005 The Race A and B run a mile, and A wins by 80 yards. A and C run over...
11/6/2005 Who Cares...Let's Play! In a game of skill A can give B 10 points in 100, and B can g...
10/23/2005 Price Manipulation How much per cent must a tradesman add on to the cost price o...
10/16/2005 Whats a Plough? If 16 horses can plough 1280 acres in 8 days, how many acre...
10/2/2005 Age-less Problem One man is 25 years 33 weeks and 6 days old, and another is 3...
9/25/2005 Greece, 250 A.D. Question: Where are the apples gone my child? Answer: In...
9/18/2005 Hindu, ca. 1150 Arjuna, exasperated in combat, shot a quiver of arrows to...
9/11/2005 China, 300 B.C. A bamboo shoot ten feet tall has a break near the top. T...
9/4/2005 Examination Question for Prospective Teachers in New England, 1897 Three boys have some eggs to sell. Boy A had 10, boy B...
8/28/2005 Babylon, 1600-1800 B.C. A reed stands against a wall. If I go down 9 feet [at the t...
8/21/2005 Egypt, 300 B.C. A circular field of land can contain an equilateral triangl...
8/14/2005 Mahavira, ca. 850 A powerful, unvanquished, excellent black snake which is 80...
8/7/2005 Italy, 1202 A certain lion could eat a sheep in 4 hours and a leopard...
7/31/2005 Italy, 1300 A.D. There is a 30-foot ladder leaning against a 30-foot tower...
7/24/2005 Egypt, 300 B.C. An erect pole of 30 feet has its base moved out 18 feet. ...
1/1/1900 9/17/2010 Suppose two people, A and B, agree to play a series of fair g...
1/1/1900 But Rome is Only 100 Miles Away? Two citizens of Oppenheym called Heynrichson and Contz vo...

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