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I originated this trick, puzzle, or whatever you can call it, while serving a long spell in the hospital. It appears to be so impossible that you will hear many times that you are lining '.vhen you give the miles.

Ten dines and ten pennies (poker chips or checkers are as ?rood) are placed side by side on a table to make four rows of five coins each. The nennies and dimes alternate with each other in both the horizontal and vertical rows. The problem: Using only the first and second finfers of one hand, a continuous move of any number of coins that can be touched, must leave the coins all of a kind in each of the horizontal rows when the fingers are lifted. There may be no empty spaces left nor may any row be lengthened or shortened. The set up must be as compact as at the start, but after the move, one row consists of all pennies, one all dimes, one all pennies and the other all dines. You will appreciate this much more if you try it before sneaking a lock at the solution.

It is very simple and it can never be forgotten once learned. The tip of each finger is rested on the second and. fourth coins of the top row. With a circular swing they are removed from their positions, moved to below the bottom row and then pushed up against the second and fourth coins there. The shove is continued which moves these two vertical rows upward and when the two coins under the fingers have taken their place in the bottom horizontal row, the feat is accomplished. Try this also as a trick rather than a puzzle. With one hand hold a big square of cardboard over the original layout. Show your two fingers outstretched and place them deliberately beneath the cover. Make the move without any jerking motions. Show the two fingers again and lift the board. The distinct change in the layout is very startling. It is hard to believe it yourself.

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