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Mathematical Puzzles
1974 The Old Farmer's Almanac

1974 Old Farmer's Almanac
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Reproduced here are various Mathematical Puzzles from The Old Farmer's Almanac, published continuously since 1792. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

As mentioned in an earlier post, a while back I bought a box full of vintage Old Farmer's Almanacs (OFA) at a yard sale, figuring there would be a bunch of good items to post here on RF Cafe and on my Airplanes and Rockets hobby website. Chief amongst the postworthy features is the Mathematical Puzzles section. They are a fair challenge to an engineer's cerebration, contemplation, and deliberation. These particular mathematical posers appeared in the 1974 issue of OFA. #10, while rated a difficulty of 4 (where 5 is most difficult), is really not even a mathematical challenge when you think about it (hint - it's an old riddle you've probably seen before). Enjoy!

Old and New Mathematical Puzzles

Blanton C. Wiggin, Editor

Last year, a number of excellent answers made judging very difficult. So we are proud to announce the 1973 winner: Richard Stegner, Deerfield, Illinois. We made a special exception and awarded two ad hoc second prizes to: Richard L. Collier, Guilderland, New York; and Melzer Smith, Cutler, Maine.

For 1974, we have selected from a large number of fine entries the following fifteen puzzles, arranged in an easy-to-hard order. No calculus or "higher math" needed. We will award one prize of $15 for the best set of solutions to puzzles No. 12 through No. 15 received before April 1, 1974. The answers for these four puzzles are therefore omitted here. After April 1, 1974, however, we will send the answers to these four, together with a discussion of the other answers, to anyone sending a . stamped, self-addressed envelope to "Puzzle Answers." Yankee, Inc., Dublin, N .R. 03444. Our usual $5 offer holds for any original puzzle we use in The 1975 Old Farmer's Almanac. Closing date for these submissions is also April 1, 1974. Entries become the property of Yankee, Inc., and cannot be acknowledged or returned. Editor will choose among duplicates.

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