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Brain Game: The Great Bracelet Mystery

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Almost all my Brain Game puzzles are original creations, but I occasionally stumble upon an old challenge that’s worthy of reintroduction. Today’s Friday Free-for-All is one of those, and it comes from Martin Gardner’s Perplexing Puzzles from way back in 1969. Enjoy!

A lady had four pieces of gold chain (as pictured above). Each piece contained three links. She took the four pieces to a jeweler and asked him to join them together to make a bracelet, like this:

“I’ll have to charge you one dollar for each link I cut apart and weld together again,” the jeweler said. “Since I have to cut and weld four links, the job will cost you four dollars.”

“Oh no it won’t,” said the lady (who was very good at puzzles). “It should cost only three dollars because you can make the bracelet by cutting and welding only three links.”

The lady was right. Show how the job can be done in just the way she said.

Here is the SOLUTION.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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