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Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 21

If there are forty cups on the table and one cup breaks, how many tea cups are left?

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[Ref: ZDOG]  


Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 22

Puzzle IconThe other day I was sitting in my local tavern, The Spyglass, which overlooks the sea, when in sailed my old friend the pirate Captain Conan Drum. "Well, shiver me barnacles!" he roared on seeing me. He too is a bit of a puzzle addict and so, after joining me for a glass of milk and telling me about his latest exploits on the high seas, he couldn't resist showing me his latest conundrum.

He reached into one of his jacket pockets and produced seven gleaming £5 coins, which he then proceeded to arrange on the table in front of me exactly as shown below. "Now, me lad." he said, with a mischievous look in his eyes. "I'll wager you'll not be able to solve this one. Take away two coins from this here arrangement to leave five coins across and three coins going down."

It was clear the wily old sea dog still had one or two tricks up his sleeve, as I couldn't for the life of me see how it could be done. Can you see through his skulduggery and solve it?

Coins

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[Ref: ZFSL] © Lloyd King.
Lloyd has created an excellent book of lateral puzzles
 


Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 23

My local shop wanted to create a sign that said PUZZLES, and they had the following multi-coloured letters:

   P P P U U Z Z Z Z Z L L L L E S S

How many different ways could they have made the sign?

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[Ref: ZEMQ] © Kevin Stone 


Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 24

Puzzle IconIn Farmer Donald's hay loft there are a number of ants, mice and chickens.

There are ten times as many ants as there are mice and there are four times as many mice are there are chickens.

Altogether there are 1806 feet.

How many chickens are there?

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[Ref: ZSBO] © Kevin Stone 

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