## UBI CARITAS ET AMOR. DEUS IBI EST.

UBI CARITAS ET AMOR. DEUS IBI EST.

## Wednesday 3 August 2022

### Sheep ... Sheep ...

A shepherd has a piece of land upon which he builds his house right in the middle. He then divides the land  into EIGHT square enclosures using strong wooden fences.

In each enclosure he puts FIVE sheep to graze happily. Making FORTY sheep in all.

His house, right in the middle of the field, has a window on each side. Every time the shepherd looks out of the window he can see THREE enclosures and FIFTEEN sheep.

And this makes him happy to see fifteen sheep every time he looks from a different window.

One day a friend gives him another sheep as a birthday present.

He now has FORTY ONE sheep ... but Oh the sadness it brings.

The shepherd still wants to count FIFTEEN sheep each time he looks out of a window. Where can he possibly put the new sheep?

He CANNOT put him in the middle where his house is. His wife does not allow sheep in the home.

He CANNOT move any of the fences or change the shape of the enclosures. This costs too much.

He CANNOT kill and eat the new sheep, or sell it, or get rid of it or any other sheep.

He will still have FORTY ONE sheep grazing happily in EIGHT enclosures. And he will still be able to look out of a window on each side of the house and see THREE enclosures containing a total of FIFTEEN sheep on each side of his house

Can you help him divide his FORTY ONE sheep into EIGHT enclosures and still satisfy his wish to see FIFTEEN sheep from each side of his house?

Solution will be published here shortly.

NOTE: This puzzle appeared here in 2012 and Charlotte (MotherOwl) got the answer correct. Well done Charlotte, please do not tell our readers how you solved it.

1. You can move one sheep from the top right hand paddock
to the left centre one....
This keeps 15 sheep in view from each window except the
one at the top...
If you put one sheep in the centre top paddock this balances up the problem....I think...???
You could move more sheep around l suppose, to get the same result...???

Goodness! Look at the time..must get ready for coffee
morning...! :O).

1. Hi Willie,

I tried moving the sheep as you suggested and they ran all over the place.

Could you please place the sheep (totalling 41) in the following fields:

0 0 0
0 X 0
0 0 0

God bless.

2. ...this is too much for me this morning!

1. Try it in the evening, Tom

God bless.

3. You should'nt have opened the gate...! :)

🐑+O+🐑+X+🐑+O+🐑+X+🐑
O+🐑+X+🐑+O+X+🐑+O+🐑

A farmer had 26 sick sheep, but one of them died. How many sheep are left....???? 🐑

1. Look Willie, this is much simpler than you think.

Just draw the diagram above (without sheep) on a piece of paper.

In the middle square where the house is place 41 buttons, or pins or something small.

Now place a few of these sheep in each square making sure that each three squares in a line total 15 sheep. Simples.

God bless.

4. Oh boy....this sounds like a bad Birthday gift. No good at puzzles myself, but I like the suggestions listed by other commentors. Good luck with your sheep.

1. Try it the way I described it to Willie above. It's easy, Sandy

God bless you.

5. I've never been one to shy away from a challenge, 'til now. Waving the white flag.

1. It is easier than it looks, Mevely. Honestly it is.

God bless you.

6. Dearest Victor,
That will indeed be a disturbing number as it cannot be divided by eight anymore...
Hugs,
Mariette

1. No Mariette, it is not done by dividing 41 by 8. See what I said to Willie. Start by putting 41 buttons in the centre then take one at a time and put a sheep in each field. Make sure all the time that 3 squares together equals 15 sheep.

God bless.

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1. That is beyond me! :)

2. No Happyone; it is quite easy really.

God bless.

8. Since i'm a day behind, i won't read the solution until i think about it for another moment or two.

I PRAY FOR ALL WHO COMMENT HERE.

God bless you.