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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 oneroom 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 NonUnion 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 WeekEnd With Friends 
Three men lived together, one of them found he could drin... 
3/23/2014 
A WarTime 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 Catchup 
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 PlayByPlay 
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 starshaped polygon, formed by producing the s... 
10/20/2013 
Two Ants ACrawling 
Two ants are 100 paces apart, crawling back and forth alo... 
10/13/2013 
FairSharing a Meal 
There were two men, of whom the first had 3 small loaves ... 
10/6/2013 
PreeMail 
The number of post offices in the United States in 1853 w... 
9/29/2013 
BelieveItOrNot...ComputeItOrNot! 
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 MoralizeZing 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 
AgeLess 
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 
FortyMinute Test: Percentage II 
At the end of the Krampner & Grady text, multiple "F... 
9/2/2012 
FortyMinute 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 
PreEinstein 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 threefourths 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 RunOn! In 1719 No Less... 
A clear case of equationrunon, 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 
Thirtyone U.S. B29 bombers and over forty U.S. fighte... 
12/11/2011 
"Special" Special Days 
In the common year how many days from each Quarterday 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 
BaseIck Mathematics 
Divide 234431 by 414 (quinary), and extract the square root... 
10/30/2011 
ForeWheel of a FourWheel Carriage 
The forewheel 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 halfsta... 
5/29/2011 
Hiding Behind Trees 
The footpaths on the opposite sides of a street are 30 ... 
5/22/2011 
A OneQuestion EndofYear 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 
HeadAcres! 
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 
Oldtime 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 DigIty 
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 Underthetable 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 
TabooHoo 
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 8gallon cask of wine, and desired t... 
4/12/2009 
2 Bee or Not 2 Bee 
Out of a swarm of bees onefifth 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 RealWorld 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 474page 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 346page 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 277page 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 50pound Sailor? 
A submarine compensates its overall weight by adding and ... 
9/30/2007 
Tanks... Alot! 
An Army mediumtank design specified that its tonnage was... 
9/23/2007 
Broken Numbers....Digested....In Ireland? 
Daniel Voster wrote this 280page 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 OldTime Exercise Machine! 
How many men are required upon a treadmill, 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 
DeCart's Horse Problem 
A horse cost onefourth 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 thirtytwo hundred millionths by sixtyfour tenth... 
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 PieroPoloZuanne 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 
Ageless 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, 16001800 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 30foot ladder leaning against a 30foot 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... 