212. THE BURMESE PLANTATION. A short time ago I received an interesting communication from the British chaplain at Meiktila, Upper Burma, in which my correspondent informed me that he had found some amusement on board ship on his way out in trying to solve this little poser.
If he has a plantation of forty-nine trees, planted in the form of a square as shown in the accompanying illustration, he wishes to know how he may cut down twenty-seven of the trees so that the twenty-two left (1/2)
standing shall form as many rows as possible with four trees in every row.
Of course there may not be more than four trees in any row. (2/2)
SOLUTION TO 212. THE BURMESE PLANTATION. Show more
The arrangement on the next page is the most symmetrical answer that can probably be found for twenty-one rows, which is, I believe, the greatest number of rows possible. There are several ways of doing it.
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