By Martin Gardner

"Solving those riddles isn't easily an issue of good judgment and calculation, although those play a task. good fortune and notion are elements in addition, so novices and specialists alike could profitably workout their wits on Gardner's difficulties, whose topics variety from geometry to note play to questions when it comes to physics and geology. We be sure that you'll resolve a few of these riddles, be stumped through others, and be amused by means of just about all of the tales and settings that Gardner has devised to elevate those questions." --Back hide. learn more... Riddles of the Sphinx -- Precognition and the Mystic Seven -- directly to Charmain -- know-how on VZIGS -- The Valley of misplaced issues -- round the sunlight process -- The Stripe on Barberpolia -- the line to Mandalay -- The Black gap of Cal Cutter -- technology myth Quiz -- The Barbers of Barberpolia -- it is all performed with Mirrors -- devil and the Apple -- How's-that-again Flanagan -- Relativistically talking -- Bar Bets at the Bagel -- seize the BEM -- Animal TTT -- taking part in secure at the Bagel -- intercourse one of the Polyomans -- internal Planets Quiz -- Puzzles in Flatland -- Dirac's Scissors -- Bull's-eyes and Pratfalls -- Flarp Flips and one other Fiver -- Blues within the evening -- back, How's That back? -- Alice in Beeland -- Hustle Off to Buffalo -- Ray Palmer's Arcade -- Puzzle Flags on Mars -- The Vanishing Plank -- 987654321 -- Time-reversed Worlds -- The knowledge of Solomon -- Thang, the Planet Eater

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N}. 2 Prove this using the multiplication counting principle from the section on counting in the previous chapter. Example 47 The matrix of the permutation f given by 1 2 3 2 1 3 f= is 0 1 0 P (f ) = 1 0 0 0 0 1 Note that matrix multiplication gives 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 = 1 0 0 1 3 3 from which we can recover the 2 × 3 array. Theorem 48 If f : T → T is a permutation then (a) P (f ) 1 2 .. n = f (1) f (2) .. f (n) Furthermore, the inverse of the matrix of the permutation is the matrix of the inverse of the permutation: (b) P (f )¡1 = P (f ¡1 ), and the matrix of the product is the product of the matrices: (c) P (f g) = P (f )P (g).

Bt } are disjoint. 42 CHAPTER 3. PERMUTATIONS Lemma 51 If f and g are disjoint cyclic permutations of T then f g = gf . proof: This is clear since the permutations f and g of T affect disjoint collections of integers, so the permutations may be performed in either order. ✷ Lemma 52 The cyclic permutation (a1 a2 ... ar ) has order r. , f r¡1 (a1 ) = ar , f r (a1 ) = a1 , by definition of f . , r, we have f r (ai ) = ai . ✷ Theorem 53 Every permutation f : T → T is the product of disjoint cyclic permutations.

S. , 15 - no working model could be supplied, so his patent was denied. 2. DEVIL’S CIRCLES (OR HUNGARIAN RINGS) 55 The possible moves are R = Ru,r,d,l = (r 16) = swap r and 16, L = Lu,r,d,l = (l 16) = swap l and 16, U = Uu,r,d,l = (u 16) = swap u and 16, D = Du,r,d,l = (d 16) = swap d and 16. 2 Verify that the five defining properties of a permutation puzzle are satisfied by this example. We shall call the 15 puzzle a planar puzzle since all its pieces lie on a flat board. 2 Devil’s circles (or Hungarian rings) This is a planar puzzle consisting of two or more interwoven ovals, each of which has several labeled (by colors or numbers) pieces, some of which may 56 CHAPTER 4.