# Dictionary of Mathematical Games, Puzzles and Amusements by Harry E. Eiss

By Harry E. Eiss

This dictionary presents a tantalizing number of paradoxes, video games, difficulties, and puzzles

that will entice arithmetic fans at each point of talent. Eiss introduces his topic

with an outline of the background of leisure arithmetic and its relation to a couple theoretical questions

that have occupied mathematicians for hundreds of years.

Dictionary entries contain difficulties posed by means of specific thinkers in addition to conventional puzzlers

that have come all the way down to us anonymously. details at the origins and heritage of some of the actions

is provided.

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S . R . was the first champion in 1 948 . Since 1 965 an organized three-year cycle of qualifying tournaments has been established to find a challenger for the reigning champion . A similar tournament has been established for women . The first winner , L . Rudenko ( 1 950) , was also from the U . S . R . For an in-depth study of the history of chess refer to H . J . R . Murray , A History of Chess. For additional mathematical play based on chess see Chess Problems . For variations on standard chess see Fairy Chess .

Q-KRS (mate) . Sam Loyd's shortest possible stalemate without a piece being lost: White Black I . P-Q4 1 . P-Q3 2. Q-Q2 2 . P-K4 3. P-QR4 3. P-KS 4. Q-KB4 4. P- KB4 S. P- KR3 S . B-K2 6 . Q-KR2 6. B-K2 7. R-QR3 7 . P-QB4 8 . R-KKt3 8. Q-QR4 (ch) 9 . Kt-Q2 9 . B-KRS 10. P-KB3 1 0 . B-QKt6 I I . P-QS I I . P-K6 1 2 . P-QB4 1 2 . P- KBS Stalemate . Chess tours involve placing one of the chess pieces on some square of the board and requiring that it move in some manner to solve a problem . The most common problem is to traverse the board , touching each square once and only once .

Write this word that contains the key word (order of the columns) across the top of the grid: I' H M Eo I D E U N T L 0 ,q IN N 'i Y z I 6. Copy the four-letter columns out into four groups of letters according to the key word: INDX HULN EIWZ DT A Y In a substitution cipher the order of the letters remains the same , but the letters or symbols are changed ( substituted for) . Here are a few examples: CryptarithIns 45 The Lewis Carroll Vigenere Cipher is Lewis Carrol l ' s version of a substitution code invented by Blaise de Vigenere , a sixteenth-century Frenchman .