Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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El Presidente confided to me in hushed tones that he had provided an easy (in EP's words, 'the easiest I've produced') crossword this time (p.8). It was clearly against his better judgement on such things, and the pain this had caused him was quite visible. After stooping so low (figuratively, of course; his great age now prevents him accomplishing such physically), he felt the need to produce a mind-bender to compensate. Here it is:

"A man passed one-sixth of his life in childhood, one-twelfth in youth and one-seventh more as a bachelor. Five years after his marriage a son was born, who died four years before his father at half his father's final age. What was the man's final age?"

(Answer in next Newsletter)