Folksums
Marksmanship   boaster
"Bad shotgun has been the bait                                  and the cause of my defeatBoasting on his marksmanship    ...
The flight of doves
A flock of pigeons was flyingand a hawk who met them said,"Goodbye flock of a hundred doves."But the pigeons responded:"We...
S   p   a   r   r   o   w   s
A hundred sparrowsAre perched on a wireSomebody shoots oneHow many are left?
Apples
I climbed up an apple treeWhich had some apples on it.Apples I did not eatAnd apples I did not leave,How many apples were ...
Hay stacks
A farmer hasThree stacks of hay in a meadowAnd four in the barn.If he puts them together,How many will he have?
Cows
There was a herd of cowsWhere two had one in frontAnd two had one behindHow many were there in all?
Rabbits
Two fathers and two sonsWent on a rabbit huntThey shot three in allAnd ended up with one eachHow do you explain that?
Picnic
The chemist and his daughter,The doctor and his wife,Nine eggs did they eatBut three had they each
SolutionsMarksmanship boaster   10Doves                  36Sparrows               None!Apples                 2Hay stacks ...
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Folk sums

  1. 1. Folksums
  2. 2. Marksmanship boaster
  3. 3. "Bad shotgun has been the bait and the cause of my defeatBoasting on his marksmanship but once adjusted the accountAn audacious shooter you don’t owe me nor I owe you”Found himself engagedInto the following businessStanding in a fairgroundAt a cork shooting stallHe boasted on not to missAny shot with the shotgun.The pitchman, taking the bet,Offered to pay five coinsFor every success and chargeThree coins for every failure.After shooting sixteen times And everyone who has paidthe famed shooter missed some attention to this schemeFinally, vexed, he said, Should be able to deduceby the shots that he had failed How many shots the man missed
  4. 4. The flight of doves
  5. 5. A flock of pigeons was flyingand a hawk who met them said,"Goodbye flock of a hundred doves."But the pigeons responded:"We are not one hundred but,if you add the amount of us,and again the same amount,and the half of all of us,and the half of such a half,and then you,then we would be 100” So, how many doves were flying?
  6. 6. S p a r r o w s
  7. 7. A hundred sparrowsAre perched on a wireSomebody shoots oneHow many are left?
  8. 8. Apples
  9. 9. I climbed up an apple treeWhich had some apples on it.Apples I did not eatAnd apples I did not leave,How many apples were there?
  10. 10. Hay stacks
  11. 11. A farmer hasThree stacks of hay in a meadowAnd four in the barn.If he puts them together,How many will he have?
  12. 12. Cows
  13. 13. There was a herd of cowsWhere two had one in frontAnd two had one behindHow many were there in all?
  14. 14. Rabbits
  15. 15. Two fathers and two sonsWent on a rabbit huntThey shot three in allAnd ended up with one eachHow do you explain that?
  16. 16. Picnic
  17. 17. The chemist and his daughter,The doctor and his wife,Nine eggs did they eatBut three had they each
  18. 18. SolutionsMarksmanship boaster 10Doves 36Sparrows None!Apples 2Hay stacks One!Cows ThreeRabbits A man, his father and his sonPicnic Two men and a woman

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