I once cashed a cheque at the bank. I had spent £20.68 before I realised the bank clerk had made a mistake. He had transposed the pounds with the pence. I now had exactly 9 times the value of the original cheque. What was the original cheque's value?

The terminal letters of the words one, two, three.

Puzzle 1519

The spy was captured easily, and his message proved to be so simple that the lieutenant saw its importance immediately. What does it say?

Alice: Tom told Ann Carter Killy and Ted, David Atwood was not moving out now. David awaiting you.

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Hint: The first word is ATTACK.

Answer: Attack at dawn Monday.

The lieutenant used the first letter from each of the words.

Puzzle 1520

My grandfather was X years old in the year X squared. In which year was he born?

For example if he was 33 years old in the year 1089 AD (= 33 x 33), he would have been born in 1056 AD - but then of course he would currently be nearly a thousand years old! You can safely assume that none of my family had children when they were very, very old, and I'm not too old myself.

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Hint: In what year would have been 25?

Answer: 1892.

A good starting point would be to find the age he would have to be if we were talking about 2010, and 2010 = 44.8 x 44.8 (approx). So our first guess is aged 44 in 1936 (= 44 x 44), which means he was born in 1892.

Just to double check the next possible age. He could have been aged 43 in 1849 (= 43 x 43) and born in 1806, which was over 200 years ago, and the question said that he didn't have children as a very old man.

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