As a veteran shooter who has participated in many competitions I was very attentive to the recent cable shooting tournament where the Americans demonstrated their superiority over the French although with a very tight result: 4889 to 4821.
The tournament was held simultaneously on both sides of the ocean while the results were cabled from one place to another, which made the tournament interesting and exciting.
I was entertained by comments from viewers who did not understand that they were intrigued by the slang of the shooters. They seemed to continuously name hours of the day that did not correspond to the correct time. Some people explained to them with total seriousness that they referred to the time differences between New York and Paris.
"What time did you shoot?" One expert asked another. "At half past five, but I think I'll try at half past four."
To explain this I must point out that in the wide range of fire it is necessary to take wind and distance into account. All shooters, therefore, look at their targets as if they represented the dial of a clock, so that if the bullet is fired at the center where the number five should be, the shooter must now shoot at eleven o'clock. Tomorrow to target in the center.
During the tournament there were some problems that I am sure will interest our fans. For example, here is one that seemed so beautiful to me that it will surely reward you for the work involved in solving it.
One of the shooters made 96 points with six shots, but a thorough examination of his target was necessary to warn that he had made three “doubles,” as the feat of making two bullets pass through the same hole.
The target that the two referees are examining shows the score for each of the target's circles.
Can you think of the way to make three doubles to get a final score of 96?
The three doubles are: one in 25, another in 20 and the last in 3