This is a printable antique puzzle card put out many years ago as an advertisement for Van Houten’s Cocoa. On the back of the card, it says: ‘BEST & GOES FARTHEST, Pure, Soluble, and Easily Digested’. One of the medical journals from way back when- Medical Annual– called it “A PERFECT BEVERAGE”. The final line of the advertisement proudly states: “Houten’s Cocoa contains all the nutritive properties of the cocoa bean in a highly concentrated an easily digested form”.
I guess Coca-Cola once too contained all the nutritive properties of the coca plant in a highly concentrated and easy to drink form ; )
OK, so here’s the challenge:
With seven coins, try to cover seven of the circles of the eight-pointed star, taking care that a circle is not covered when the opposite two points (at the ends of the two black lines) are already occupied. For example, points 5 and 7 both being covered, nothing more may be set on point 2.
Interestingly, the fine print just below the picture went on to say: “Although the solution is very simple, many persons will not be able to cover more than four or five instead of the seven circles”. Is that a challenge I hear?!
Answers to this printable puzzle can be entered into the section below; submissions will automatically be revealed when time is up!