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Enigmas and puzzles

By Ian Stewart   April 2008

The annual fair at Wittering Feebleigh is a big occasion in the life of this little-known Grotswold village, and no event is more eagerly awaited than the pageant of pulchritudinous pigs. Each of the ten judges awards the contestants a whole number of points from 0 to 9, based on a range of criteria such as size, odour, twirliness of tail, and resonance of grunt.

A board with ten nails in it serves as the scoreboard. From each nail hangs a painted card bearing the number of points. Scores are thus a row of ten digits, such as the 1-2-1-3-3-3-7-8-0-6…

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