*Solution*.---They went that day to the Bank of England. `A` stood in front of it, while `B` went round and stood behind it.

Two answers have been received, both worthy of much honour. ADDLEPATE makes them borrow "0" and steal "0," and uses both cyphers by putting them at the right-hand end of the 1,000*l*., thus producing 100,000*l*., which is well over the mark. But (or to express it in Latin) AT SPES INFRACTA has solved it even more ingeniously: with the first cypher she turns the "1" of the 1,000*l*. into a "9," and adds the result to the original sum, thus getting 10,000*l*.: and in this, by means of the other "0," she turns the "1" into a "6," thus hitting the exact 60,000*l*.

AT SPES INFRACTA. |

ADDLEPATE. |

*Problem* 2.---`L` makes 5 scarves, while `M` makes 2: `Z` makes 4 while `L` makes 3. Five scarves of `Z`'s weigh one of `L`'s; 5 of `M`'s weigh 3 of `Z`'s. One of `M`'s is as warm as 4 of `Z`'s: and one of `L`'s as warm as 3 of `M`'s. Which is best, giving equal weight in the result to rapidity of work, lightness, and warmth?

*Answer*.---The order is `M`, `L`, `Z`.

*Solution*.---As to rapidity (other things being constant) `L`'s merit is to `M`'s in the ratio of 5 to 2: `Z`'s to `L`'s in the ratio of 4 to 3. In order to get one set of numbers fulfilling these conditions, it is perhaps simplest to take the one that occurs `twice` as unity, and reduce the others to fractions: this gives, for `L`, `M`, and `Z`, the marks 1, , 4/3. In estimating for `lightness`, we observe that the greater the weight, the less the merit, so `Z`'s merit is to `L`'s as 5 to 1. Thus the marks for `lightness` are , 5/3, 1. And similarly, the marks for warmth are 3, 1, . To get the total result, we must *multiply* `L`'s 3 marks together, and do the same for `M` and for `Z`. The final numbers are 1()3, ()(5/3)1, (4/3)1(); *i.e.* multiplying throughout by 15 (which will not alter the proportion), 9, 10, 5; showing the order of merit to be `M`, `L`, `Z`.

Twenty-nine answers have been received, of which five are right, and twenty-four wrong. These hapless ones have all (with three exceptions) fallen into the error of *adding* the proportional numbers together, for each candidate, instead of *multiplying*. *Why* the latter is right, rather than the former, is fully proved in textbooks, so I will not occupy space by stating it here: but it can be *illustrated* very easily by the case of length, breadth, and depth. Suppose `A` and `B` are rival diggers of rectangular tanks: the amount of work done is evidently measured by the number of *cybical feet* dug out. Let `A` dig a tank 10 feet long, 10 wide, 2 deep: let `B` dof one 6 feet long, 5 wide, 10 deep. The cubical contents are 200, 300; *i.e.* `B` is the best digger in the ratio 3 to 2. Now try marking for length, width, and depth, separately; giving a maximum mark of 10 to the best in each contest, and then *adding* the results!

Of the twenty-four malefactors, one gives no working, and so has no real claim to be named; but I break the rule for once, in deference to its success in Problem 1: he, she, or it, is ADDLEPATE. The other twenty-three may be divided into five groups.

First and worst are, I take it, those who put the rightful winner *last;* arranging them as "Lolo, Zuzu, Mimi." The names of these desperate wrong-doers are AYR, BRADSHAW OF THE FUTURE, FURZE-BUSH and POLLUX (wo send a joint answer), GREYSTEAD, GUY, OLD HEN, and SIMPLE SUSAN. The latter was *once* best of all; the Old Hen has taken advantage of her simplicity, and beguiled her with the chaff which was the bane of her own chickenhood.

Secondly, I point the finger of scorn at those who have put the worst candidate at the top; arranging them as "Zuzu, Mimi, Lolo." They are GRAECIA, M. M., OLD CAT, and R. E. X. "`Tis Greece, but---."

The third set have avoided both of these enormities, and have even succeeded in putting the worst last, their answer being "Lolo, Mimi, Zuzu." Their names are AYR (who also appears among the "quite too too"), CLIFTON C., F. B., FIFEE, GRIG, JANET, and MRS. SAIREY GAMP. F. B. has not fallen into the common error; she *multiplies* together the proportionate numbers she gets, but in getting them she goes wrong, by reckoning warmth as a *de*-merit. Possibly she is "Freshly Burnt," or come from "From Bombay." JANET and MRS. SAIREY GAMP have also avoided this error: the method they have adopted is shrouded in mystery&151;I scarcely feel competent to criticize it. MRS. GAMP says "if Zuzu makes 4 while Lolo makes 3, Zuzu makes 6 while Lolo makes 5 (bad reasoning), while Mimi makes 2." From this she concludes that "therefore Zuzu excels in speed by 1" (*i.e.* when compared with Lolo; but what about Mimi?). She then compares the 3 kinds of excellence, measured on this mystic scale. JANET takes the statement, that "Lolo makes 5 while Mimi makes 2," to prove that "Lolo makes 3 while Mimi makes 1 and Zuzu 4" (worse reasoning than MRS. GAMP'S), and thence concludes that "Zuzu excels in speed by 1/8"! JANET should have been ADELINE, "mystery of mysteries!"

The fourth set actually put Mimi at the top, arranging them as "Mimi, Zuzu, Lolo." They are MARQUIS AND CO., MARTREB, S. B. B. (first initial scarcely legible: *may* be meant for "J"), and STANZA.

The fifth set consists of AN ANCIENT FISH and CAMEL. These ill-assorted comrades, by dint of foot and fin, have scrambled into the right answer, but, as their method is wrong, of course it counts for nothing. Also AN ANCIENT FISH has very ancient and fishlike ideas as to *how* numbers represent merit: she says "Lolo gains 2 on Mimi." Two and a half *what?* Fish, fish, art thou in thy duty?

Of the five winners I put BALBUS and THE ELDER TRAVELLER slightly below the other three---BALBUS for defective reasoning, the other for scanty working. BALBUS gives two reasons for saying that *addition* of marks is *not* the right method, and then adds "it follows that the decision must be made by *multiplying* marks together." This is hardly more logical than to say "This is not Spring: *therefore* it must be Autumn."

DINAH MITE. | E. B. D. L. | JORAM. |

BALBUS. | THE ELDER TRAVELLER. |

With regard to Knot V., I beg to express to VIS INERTIAE and to any others who, like her, understood the condition to be that every *marked* picture must have *three* marks, my sincere regret that the unfortunate phrase "*fill* the columns with oughts and crosses" should have caused them to waste so much time and trouble. I can only repeat that a *literal* interpretation of "fill" would seem to *me* to require that *every* picture in the gallery should be marked. VIS INERTIAE would have been in the First Class if she sent in the solution she now offers.

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Stefan Bilaniuk, Department of Mathematics, Trent University

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