The Baseball House Puzzle of 1894

Here’s a terrific puzzle for you to solve, from our last post about the Baseball House and William Donovan. Below are the directions printed in The Washington Post back in 1894. We’ll be posting the answer at the end of the day.

The first person to put the right answer into the comments below will get a sweet Ghosts of DC coffee mug!

DIRECTIONS–Place and add figures 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 in the nine circles so the total will be 1528, the number of The Baseball House. No figure to be used more than once.

The Baseball House Puzzle
The Baseball House Puzzle

A handsome diamond ring to the person sending first correct solution. Contest closes September 30. Prize awarded October 1. Copies of the above puzzle can be had at The Baseball House, 1528 Seventh street northwest.

Makes sense? It’s a little confusing. So, a little bit like sudoku … the three individual columns should add up to 15, 2, and 8. Indicate whether you are adding the number or subtracting it (e.g., a column with 3, 7, 2 could equal 3 + 7 – 2 = 8 or 3 + 7 +2 = 12).

Stay tuned this afternoon for the answer!

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  • talutte

    I come up with 10+6-1 = 15, 9-5-2 = 2, 11-7+4 = 8. Are you allowed to subtract twice in one column?

    • talutte, kick me an email at tom [at] ghostsofdc.org

  • Kevin Z.

    10+4+1=15, 11-7-2=2, 9+5-6=8

  • Well, it appears that nobody got the answer that was in the newspaper … though I did get some answers that appear correct. Since the first answer was the comment below, talutte is the winner … and we’ll get another challenge up again soon!

    http://ghostsofdc.org/2014/01/15/baseball-house-puzzle/