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Gyles is well-known for his sense of humour.In 1972, he started contributing to a fledgling magazine called Games & Puzzles. In the first issue he writes a piece entitled 'Pieces & Bits'. As always, it was fun to read. He ended with this story (which has nothing to do with games other than it was attributed to Lewis Carroll, the creator of the Alice stories and, by all accounts, a huge fan of games and riddles). Indeed, he is registered on the Geek as a game designer, as is Gyles.

Gyles writes:

In his one-man show 'Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass', comedian Cyril Fletcher portrays a night in the life of the Reverend Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll's real name), dreams and all. In one passage where the Reverend is trying to get to sleep, he observes "There is nothing so condusive to sleep as a complicated conundrum which late at night can confuse a tired brain".

He goes on, "Which is better, a clock that is right only once a year or a clock that is right twice every day?". "The latter" you reply, "Unquestionably". "Very good, now attend;

I have two clocks; one doesn't go at all and the other loses a minute a day, which would you prefer?" "The losing one" you answer, "without a doubt". Now, observe; the one which loses a minute a day, has to lose twelve hours, or 728 minutes, before it is right again. Consequently, it is right only once in two years, whereas the other is, evidently, right as often as the time it points to comes round, which happens twice a day".
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