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 The Gardener and the Cook (Posted on 2006-03-01)
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."

 See The Solution Submitted by goFish Rating: 3.6250 (8 votes)

 Subject Author Date solution Nadia Modagon 2006-11-21 15:30:51 re(2): Solution (of the simple-minded type) Monika 2006-03-12 09:18:00 again with a correction to what I just said Adam 2006-03-10 13:28:58 just an update to my solution.. Adam 2006-03-10 13:27:09 No Subject Adam 2006-03-10 05:05:54 No Subject destructor 2006-03-09 20:36:00 re(3): Solution? Agree with Chelsea Stephen 2006-03-06 20:58:53 Weekly Dispatch says... Highway6 2006-03-06 15:02:04 Upon reflection --- :-) brianjn 2006-03-05 20:09:49 re: Solution (of the simple-minded type) Kenny M 2006-03-04 13:12:01 Solution (of the simple-minded type) Monika 2006-03-03 11:33:43 puzzle is an arithmetical one?? brianjn 2006-03-02 21:13:16 re(2): Solution? Agree with Chelsea Kenny M 2006-03-02 17:47:42 re(2): April 1, 1900 - Sunday Jer 2006-03-02 13:11:02 Lateral thinking time! Jack Lim 2006-03-02 09:36:42 re: April 1, 1900 - Sunday goFish 2006-03-01 18:49:54 re: April 1, 1900 - Sunday Chelsea 2006-03-01 18:32:01 April 1, 1900 - Sunday sue 2006-03-01 18:13:13 Probably solution Dej Mar 2006-03-01 18:12:19 re: Aha! (Spoilers if I'm right) Vernon Lewis 2006-03-01 18:05:26 Aha! (Spoilers if I'm right) Dustin 2006-03-01 16:42:52 Definitive answer Hugo 2006-03-01 15:51:26 goFish tomarken 2006-03-01 15:42:33 Two possibilities Federico Kereki 2006-03-01 15:33:28 re(2): Solution? Charlie 2006-03-01 15:18:48 re: Solution? Chelsea 2006-03-01 14:55:50 Nope goFish 2006-03-01 14:21:24 Solution? tomarken 2006-03-01 13:36:35 a problem for us long-legged folks Bob Smith 2006-03-01 13:26:02

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