The puzzles are set in a bigger tale of a mathematical detective named Dr. Ecco, his nephew and niece, and Professor Scarlet, the narrator. Scarlet is basically the Watson to Dr. Ecco's Sherlock Holmes, asking the questions a reader may ask. each one puzzle is posed in a believable if imaginary real-life environment. There aren't any hidden evidence, no abduction the following, simply deductive good judgment and mathematical thought.
Overlaying those puzzles are the ramblings of Dr Ecco's outdated nemesis, Benjamin Baskerhound. He appears to be like at the run, yet he is attempting to inform Ecco his whereabouts in a manner that merely Ecco will comprehend. The proof builds up and readers are invited to ship of their ideas. The winner will obtain a pre-paid journey to the house of recent arithmetic, Sir Isaac Newton's Greenwich Observatory.
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