THE BLIND ABBESS AND HER NUNS

An amusing puzzle in manuscript form from 1865.



The stern Abbess looking out of her four windows.

 

 

"In a certain nunnery there resided 24 Nuns under the direction of the Lady Abbess, who manages them with so much discretion that she was enabled to count nine from each window of her parlour of which there were four situated in the centre of a spacious court. The first night she counted nine from each window of her parlour and retired to rest.

The next day 4 Knights contrived to enter, with the intention of carrying off 4 of the Nuns: they having provided them with suitable disguises. The Lady Abbess as usual counted nine from each window and retired to rest.

The next night, the 4 pages belonging to the Knights, tried to gain admittance but did not succeed, which disconcerted the Nuns greatly. The night following they, with a little difficulty, accomplished their purpose. The Nuns provided them with suitable disguises and the Lady Abbess, having with the addition of 4 Knights and 4 Pages reckoned but 9 from each window, retired to rest, assured of the safety of her charge.

The night following the Knights, with the assistance of their 4 pages, succeeded in carrying off 4 of the Nuns and the remainder managed to place themselves so adroitly, that the Lady Abbess still counted 9 from each window."

 

 

This is a good puzzle for young children to make and solve. The 4 problems are fun and not too difficult.

The Solution

     

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