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Leprechauns 15 or 14

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Vanishing leprechaun became popular after it was published in Scientific American (November 1971)

Vanishing leprechaun became popular after it was published in Scientific American (November 1971)

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  • From http://geniimagazine.com/forum/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=001636, the rights to the design are owned by Pat Lyons and registered as such in both the U.S. and Canada.

    This figure was appeared in the serial 'Mathematical Games' by Martin Gardner in Scientific American Nov.1971.
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  • 1. THE VANISHING LEPRECHAUN
  • 2.
    • Cut into 3 pieces as shown
  • 3. INTERCHANGE THE TOP PIECES
  • 4.  
  • 5. First there were 15 leprechauns as above and now there are only 14. Find the missing man!
  • 6.
    • Each of the original 15 men gives some of himself to the next man, but each man receives more than he gives. The extra Leprechaun vanishes in to 14 men!
  • 7. REFERENCES http://www.angelfire.com/hi3/pearly/humor/1lep.html http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/glasgowgangshow/lep1.html http://www.planetperplex.com/en/item26 http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/jblep3.htm http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/jblep1.htm http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/jblep2.htm