The Treasure at Medinet

 

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This puzzle was published in 1893 by Professor Hoffmann (Angelo John Lewis) in his famous book "Hoffmann's Puzzles Old & New". Actually, it was one of many puzzles based on the problem known as "the problem of the eight queens". First proposed by Max Bezzel in 1848, general idea of this problem is to place the largest number of queens on a chess board so that no two queens are in the same row, column or diagonal. Later it was proved that on a standard 8x8 chess board exactly eight queens can be placed so that no two queens attack each other.

 
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