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Difficulty: Medium

Puzzle 401

Last week, I travelled from London to Stoke.

On the first day I travelled one half of the distance.

On day two, I travelled one third of the remaining distance.

On day three, I travelled three quarters of the remaining distance.

Yesterday I travelled one half of the remaining distance.

I now have 5 miles left to travel.

How far is it from Stoke to London in total?

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[Ref: ZRBH] © Kevin Stone 

Difficulty: Hard

Puzzle 402

What is represented by this BrainBat?


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[Ref: ZJGC] © Kevin Stone 

Difficulty: Medium

Puzzle 403

The Miller next took the company aside and showed them nine sacks of flour that were standing as depicted in the sketch. "Now, hearken, all and some," said he, "while that I do set ye the riddle of the nine sacks of flour. And mark ye, my lords and masters, that there be single sacks on the outside, pairs next unto them, and three together in the middle thereof. By Saint Benedict, it doth so happen that if we do but multiply the pair, 28, by the single one, 7, the answer is 196, which is of a truth the number shown by the sacks in the middle. Yet it be not true that the other pair, 34, when so multiplied by its neighbour, 5, will also make 196. Wherefore I do beg you, gentle sirs, so to place anew the nine sacks with as little trouble as possible that each pair when thus multiplied by its single neighbour shall make the number in the middle." As the Miller has stipulated in effect that as few bags as possible shall be moved, there is only one answer to this puzzle, which everybody should be able to solve.


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[Ref: ZYIT] The Miller's Puzzle. The Canterbury Puzzles And Other Curious Problems by Henry Ernest Dudeney (1907). 

Difficulty: Medium

Puzzle 404

Each of these words can be split in half, and two letters can be placed in the middle to create a new six letter word.

For example BEND can be split into BE and ND, YO can be placed in the middle to create BE + YO + ND = BEYOND.

The four added pairs of letters, in order, spell an 8-letter word - what is that word?


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[Ref: ZZQO] © Kevin Stone 

Difficulty: Easy

Puzzle 405

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central H and no letter can be used twice. The letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?

Excellent: 24 words. Good: 19 words. Average: 14 words.

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[Ref: ZUWN] © Kevin Stone 

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