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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 25

A rich aristocrat decided that he would give every man 45 dollars and every woman 60 dollars.

Only one ninth of the men and only one twelfth of the women collected their dues.

Can you tell me how much money the aristocrat spent if there were 3552 people in total?

[Ref: ZJPL] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 26

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 Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique.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?

"B dj blrtquctek tm cmjjulbcdte tm abj," rdbk Jq. Fdsseqr, taqmwbls abr nblseq dt je rbkewdyr, "tadt ae wbhh cmje bltm d adlkrmje oqmoeqty. Nuqtaeq, tadt bt br tae kerbqe mn tae oqerelt omrrerrmq mn tadt oqmoeqty, tadt ae ie bjjekbdtehy qejmvek nqmj abr oqerelt roaeqe mn hbne dlk nqmj tabr ohdce, dlk ie iqmusat uo dr d selthejdl - bl d wmqk, dr d ymuls nehhmw mn sqedt exoectdtbmlr."

[Ref: ZIGS] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: V.HardPuzzle 27

Below is a very special grid, around each shaded number are 8 white squares. However, each white square should have a number from 1 to 7. Once filled in, these 8 numbers will sum to the shaded number. In addition, once completed correctly, no row nor column will contain a duplicate number within a white square. For example, the top row may be 5 6 4 2 3 1 7, etc. This is a very difficult puzzle, and many people resort to using a computer to help them.

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[Ref: ZIFG] © Kevin Stone

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Difficulty: HardPuzzle 28

Puzzle IconThe 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 Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique.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?

F tqd relw fw czs jsql 1632, fw czs xfcj eu Jelk, eu q neey uqmfpj, czebnz wec eu czqc xebwclj, mj uqczsl rsfwn q uelsfnwsl eu Rlsmsw, tze dsccpsy ufldc qc Zbpp. Zs nec q neey sdcqcs rj mslxzqwyfds, qwy psqofwn euu zfd clqys, pfosy qucsltqlyd qc Jelk, ulem tzswxs zs zqy mqllfsy mj meczsl, tzeds lspqcfewd tsls wqmsy Lerfwdew, q oslj neey uqmfpj fw czqc xebwclj, qwy ulem tzem F tqd xqppsy Lerfwdew Klsbcvwqsl; rbc, rj czs bdbqp xellbhcfew eu telyd fw Swnpqwy, ts qls wet xqppsy - wqj ts xqpp ebldsposd qwy tlfcs ebl wqms - Xlbdes; qwy de mj xemhqwfewd qptqjd xqppsy ms.

[Ref: ZBCP] © Kevin Stone

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