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The beginning of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?
Mwaey tmg nyqauuauq ld qyl oyhj lahyx dz gallauq nj fyh gaglyh du lfy nmup, mux dz fmoauq udlfauq ld xd: duey dh ltaey gfy fmx cyycyx auld lfy nddp fyh gaglyh tmg hymxauq, nrl al fmx ud caelrhyg dh eduoyhgmladug au al, 'mux tfml ag lfy rgy dz m nddp,' lfdrqfl Mwaey 'talfdrl caelrhyg dh eduoyhgmladu?'
The piece of text is from the original book and should read:
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?'
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
a has been represented by m.
b has been represented by n.
c has been represented by e.
d has been represented by x.
e has been represented by y.
f has been represented by z.
g has been represented by q.
h has been represented by f.
i has been represented by a.
j has been represented by k.
k has been represented by p.
l has been represented by w.
m has been represented by s.
n has been represented by u.
o has been represented by d.
p has been represented by c.
q has been represented by b.
r has been represented by h.
s has been represented by g.
t has been represented by l.
u has been represented by r.
v has been represented by o.
w has been represented by t.
x has been represented by i.
y has been represented by j.
z has been represented by v.
Mary needed 400ml of vegetable stock for a recipe she was following.
However the only measuring containers she had were 300ml and 500ml.
How can she measure out exactly 400ml?
Hint: Start by using the 500 ml container to fill the 300 ml container.
She should fill the 500 ml container first and use this to fill the 300ml container, thereby leaving 200 ml in the larger jug.
Then she could empty the 300ml container back into the stock jar and pour the 200ml from the larger container into the 300ml container.
If she once again fills the larger container from the jar and again, fills the smaller container from this, the smaller container needs 100ml to fill it, which will leave 400ml in the larger container.
What can't you eat for breakfast?
Hint: This puzzle has a twist.
Lunch or dinner.
Which is larger, the number of seconds in a week or the number of minutes in a year?
Hint: There are 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour.
Answer: Seconds in a week.
There are 604,800 seconds in a week and 525,600 minutes in a (non-leap) year.
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