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ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN THE MAY NUMBER

Novel. Acrostic. Primals: Riley; third row: Wolfe. Cross dor. 7. Alabama. , 8. Orinoco. 9. Olympia. Io. Algeria. 11. Icewords: 1. Rowel. 2. Irony. 3. Lilac. 4. Elfin. 5. Yield. land. 12. England. 13. Augusta.

DIAMonds CoNNECTED BY A SQUARE. I. I. P. 2. Par. 3. Paris. Cross-word ENIGM.A. Leopard.

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3. Lever. 4. Inert. 5. Darts. R. 2. Dam. 3. Devil. . Anna. 3. Trow. 4. Halt. 5. Arch. 6. Nero. 7. Iser. 8. Earn.

4. Ravines. 5. Mined. 6. Led. 7. S. W. 1. R. 2. Tap. 3. Tamar. 9. Lane.

4. Ramadan. 5. Paddy. 6. Ray. 7. N. ConcealED SQUARE Word. 1. Event. 2. Valor. 3. Elate. 4. Novel Zigzag. Zigao Shakespeare; second row: Hamlet. Cross. N* * *

words: 1. Shrimp. 2. Bakery. 3. Emesis. 4. Slopes. 5. Cellar. Diamond. I. M. 2. Sit. 3. Salad. 4. Million. 5. Taint. 6. 6. Statue. Dot. 7. N.

ILLUsTRATED NUMErical ENIGM.A. “He who purposes to be an Double Zigzag. Zi . M.: - - - -- -- gzags: Michael Angelo, Sistine Chapel; 1 to 5, author should first be a student. David; 6 to, 10, Moses. Cross-words: 1. Moves. 2. Digit. 3. GEographical Zigzag., North Carolina. Cross-words: 1. New Cures. 4. Chute. 5. Alibi. , 6. Terns. 7. Loose. 8. Dance. 9. York. 2. Corinth. 3. Rutland. 4. Atlanta. 5. Hamburg. 6. Ecua- Neigh. Io. Agram. 11. Equip. 12. Alien. 13. Oriel.

To our Puzzlers: Answers to be acknowledged in the magazine must be received not later than the 19th of each month, and should be addressed to St. Nicholas Riddle-box, care of The Century Co., 33 East Seventeenth Street, New York City.

ANswers To All The Puzzles IN THE MARch NUMBER were received before March ro from Judith Ames Marsland-"Midwood"—R. Kenneth Emerson—Constance Guyot Cameron.

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NUMERICAL ENIGMA 9. “Get in the car, old fellow !” he shouted to his dog.
1 o. “Meet me under the oak at eight o'clock.”
I 1. “Ah !” cried the hussar, “ah, could I see thee but
once again '"
12. The new bass viol gave the boy great pleasure.
13. Use the funnel lying on the table.
MARIon J. BENED1ct (age 13).

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38–59—4 is the call of a bird. My 14–6–2 is flowed. KING'S MOVE FLORAL PUZZLE
My 22–47–41 makes a winter sport. (Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)
Est HER DEMPs EY (age 16), League Member. 1 3.
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CHARADE 1o 11
My first is a creature decidedly small, A

My second once rescued the race,
My third comes along with a telegraph call,
And my whole is a far distant place.
GERTRUDE RUssell (age 12), League Member.

PriviAL ACROSTIC OF CONCEALED NAMES
(Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)
IN each of the following sentences a feminine name is
concealed. When rightly guessed and written one below
another, the primals will spell the name of a president
of the United States.
1. That teacher made linear measure seem easy.

2. She wore a bonnet tied with blue ribbon. - | A 3. The odor is very sweet.

4. Pedro sees the monkey. BEGINNING at a certain square, move to an adjoining 5. The lean organ-grinder begged for money. square until each square has been entered once. If the 6. Ask Edwin if reddish brown will do. moves are correctly made, the letters in the succeeding 7. At San José Phineas met his uncle. squares will spell the names of eleven well-known flow8. The man handed him a license. ers. ELEAN or KING NEwell (age II).

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Example: Triply behead and quadruply curtail unimportant, and leave consumed. Answer, imm–ate-rial. In the same way behead and curtail: 1. Simple, and leave human beings. 2. Inflammatory, and leave an aim. 3. A period of forty days, and leave hastened. 4. A manager of another's affairs, and leave a despicable fellow. 5. According to the principles of mathematics, and leave to edge. 6. Control, and leave maturity. 7. Written names of persons, and leave a boy's nickname. 8. Relevancy, and leave a metal. 9. Pertaining to parts under the skin, and leave a kind of lyric poem. Io. Pierced with holes, and leave a preposition. 11. Continuous bendings, and leave a large tub. 12. To free from prejudices, and leave an epoch. 13. Pertaining to a phonotype, and leave a negative adverb. 14. Wavers, and leave evil. 15. Unsettled, and leave a vehicle. 16. Monarchs, and leave before. The remaining words are all of the same length and their initial letters spell the title of a play by Shakspere. FAN NIE RULEY (age 14).

Transpositions (Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)

Example: Transpose to forfeit, and make part of a shoe. Answer, lose, sole. In the same way transpose: 1. To weary, and make a dress. 2. To wander, and make above. 3. Naked, and make an animal. 4. A residence, and make a direction. 5. A minute orifice in a body, and make a stout cord. 6. Recent, and make a story. 7. Apparel, and make to boast. 8. Dreadful, and make a kind of excursion. 9. Answers the purpose, and make poems of a certain kind. Io. Handles awkwardly, and make a winged

insect. 11. Part of a window, and make part of the
neck. 12. Part of a doorway, and make misfortunes.
13. A sound, and make a memorandum. 14. To whip,
and make a game.
The initial letters of the new words will spell the
name of an English poet.
MARGARET waddell (age 13).

CONNECTED SQUARES AND DIAMONDS
(Gold Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)

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II. UPPER DIAMond: 1. In prestige. 2. Uninterest

ing. 3. Immense. 4. An animal. 5. In prestige.
III. UPPER RIGHT-HAND SQUARE: 1. In an auto-
mobile. 2. A fruit. 3. Fatigues. 4. Open to view.

5, Musical signs.
IV. LEFT-HAND DIAMond: 1.

drinking vessel. 3. Sin.

prestige.
V. CENTRAL DIAMond: 1. In prestige.

In prestige. 2. A 4. To work steadily. 5. In

2. A period

of time. 3. Snares. 4. To imitate. 5. In prestige. VI. RIGHT-HAND DIAMond: 1. In prestige. 2. A card. 3. Panic. 4. Before. 5. In prestige. VII. Lower LEFT-HAND SQUARE: 1. To stop the progress of 2. To be sufficient. 3. Tests. 4. Public. 5. Plagues. VIII. Lower DIAMond: 1. In prestige. 2. A mineral spring. 3. A garden tool. 4. To join to. 5. In prestige. IX. Lower RIGHT-HAND SQUARE: 1. Transparent. 2. Permission. 3. Consumed. 4. To turn aside. 5. Tears. MARJoRIE. K. Gibbons (age 15).

THE DE winne Press, NEw York

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EveRY boy who reads this might have been rather angry if he had heard some of the naval officers, who had been keenly watching the progress of foreign navies, go to the President several years ago, and claim that the gunners on our battleships could not shoot. Some of the ordnance men in the department probably felt that way about it. At any rate, they would not believe it. But President Roosevelt, who knew a good deal about shooting, halfway believed it, and decided to find out for sure. He ordered some special tests made to try out the shooting, and, sure enough, as good shooting goes, they could n't shoot! Old methods were quickly and thoroughly changed. What is known as “continuous aim,” that is, keeping the guns on the target all the time, instead of the old method of aiming them after they were loaded, soon became very popular. The number of “hits per minute” piled up So rapidly as to be almost unbelievable. This was smooth-water shooting, however. So when shooting in rough water was added to the requirements, the big scores took a tumble. But the former training had served the men splendidly. They had learned how to shoot rapidly. So, with intense competition, the scores soon began to grow again. To-day, from what we know from foreign reports, our shooting is better than that of any other nation, and, in addition to this, the distances of the targets are much greater.

Copyright, 1912, by THE CENTURY Co.

Our fine gunners, of whom we have the right to feel proud, no longer shoot at a bull's-eye. Like Buffalo Bill, they have moving targets; and battle practice, held each April and September, is as much like a real battle as it is possible to make it. At night practice, however, the targets are stationary. When the fleet goes to battle practice, to the Southern Drill Grounds, about Ioo miles off Hampton Roads, it separates, for convenience, into divisions of four battle-ships each. Each division fires on separate ranges—or firing courses—about twenty miles apart. When the signal is received from the flag-ship, each division starts out in search of the “enemy.” After a division passes a ship known as the “range vessel,” they get their first sight of the targets. A signal known as “general quarters” has been sounded on each ship, and every member of the ship's company has gone to his assigned “battle-station,” which is the place to which he would be assigned in a real engagement. The firing vessels are not allowed to know the speed at which the targets are towed, or how far away they are. This must be mathematically worked out. The course which must be followed diverges enough from an exactly parallel course to that made by the targets to necessitate working out new ranges every time the guns are fired. At the battle practices, the ranges are often about 12,500 yards, or over seven miles—the

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