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The Gardener and the Cook (Posted on 2006-03-01) Difficulty: 3 of 5
The following special catch puzzle appeared in the issue of The Weekly Dispatch for All Fools' Day, 1900. It caused considerable amusement; for out of a very large body of competitors, many quite expert, not a single person solved it, though it ran for nearly a month.

" A race between a man and a woman that I happened to witness one All Fools' Day has fixed itself indelibly on my memory. It happened at a country-house, where the gardener and the cook decided to run a race to a point 100 feet straight away and return. I found that the gardener ran 3 feet at every bound and the cook only 2 feet, but then she made three bounds to his two. Now, what was the result of the race?"

A fortnight after publication the editor added the following note: "It has been suggested that perhaps there is a catch in the 'return,' but there is not. The race is to a point 100 feet away and home again—that is, a distance of 200 feet. One correspondent asks whether they take exactly the same time in turning, to which I reply that they do. Another seems to suspect that it is really a conundrum, and that the answer is that 'the result of the race was a (matrimonial) tie.' But I had no such intention. The puzzle is an arithmetical one, as it purports to be."

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  Subject Author Date
solutionNadia Modagon2006-11-21 15:30:51
re(2): Solution (of the simple-minded type)Monika2006-03-12 09:18:00
Solutionagain with a correction to what I just saidAdam2006-03-10 13:28:58
Solutionjust an update to my solution..Adam2006-03-10 13:27:09
SolutionNo SubjectAdam2006-03-10 05:05:54
No Subjectdestructor2006-03-09 20:36:00
Solutionre(3): Solution? Agree with ChelseaStephen2006-03-06 20:58:53
Weekly Dispatch says...Highway62006-03-06 15:02:04
Upon reflection --- :-)brianjn2006-03-05 20:09:49
re: Solution (of the simple-minded type)Kenny M2006-03-04 13:12:01
SolutionSolution (of the simple-minded type)Monika2006-03-03 11:33:43
puzzle is an arithmetical one??brianjn2006-03-02 21:13:16
Solutionre(2): Solution? Agree with ChelseaKenny M2006-03-02 17:47:42
re(2): April 1, 1900 - SundayJer2006-03-02 13:11:02
Lateral thinking time!Jack Lim2006-03-02 09:36:42
re: April 1, 1900 - SundaygoFish2006-03-01 18:49:54
re: April 1, 1900 - SundayChelsea2006-03-01 18:32:01
April 1, 1900 - Sundaysue2006-03-01 18:13:13
SolutionProbably solutionDej Mar2006-03-01 18:12:19
re: Aha! (Spoilers if I'm right)Vernon Lewis2006-03-01 18:05:26
SolutionAha! (Spoilers if I'm right)Dustin2006-03-01 16:42:52
Some ThoughtsDefinitive answerHugo2006-03-01 15:51:26
QuestiongoFishtomarken2006-03-01 15:42:33
SolutionTwo possibilitiesFederico Kereki2006-03-01 15:33:28
re(2): Solution?Charlie2006-03-01 15:18:48
re: Solution?Chelsea2006-03-01 14:55:50
NopegoFish2006-03-01 14:21:24
Some ThoughtsSolution?tomarken2006-03-01 13:36:35
Solutiona problem for us long-legged folksBob Smith2006-03-01 13:26:02
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