260. THE HONEYCOMB PUZZLE. Here is a little puzzle with the simplest possible conditions. Place the point of your pencil on a letter in one of the cells of the honeycomb,
and trace out a very familiar proverb by passing always from a cell to one that is contiguous to it. If you take the right route you will have visited every cell once, and only once. The puzzle is much easier than it looks.
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The demon made his demands and the villagers were as puzzled as they were afraid.
At first they offered their harvest, then their daughters, then sons, then wine and gold; the demon rejected all of these offerings as insufficient.
A maiden and a crone left a basket at his shrine and he promptly vanished.
"What did you bring him?" the people asked.
In his lair, the contented demon tickled his kitten under the chin.
So indigenous Australians have told geographically accurate stories about rising sea levels that happened after the last ice age, and the stories have stayed accurate for about 10 000 years.
Goes to show that oral tradition can be accurate and extinction of indigenous languages can lead to a permanent loss of information about the world — which of course are not new claims.
Not the least of the challenges of talking an interest in early medieval England is that no two historians seem to agree on how to render the names. I've concluded that Oswy, Oswui, and Oswig refer to the same man, but he's one of the easy ones.
It makes it hard to use what you've learnt in one book as scaffolding for discoveries in the next...
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