“Storybook Arithmetic,” Friend, May 1983, 23
Write the number of blackbirds baked in a pie.
ADD the hour the mouse ran down the clock.
SUBTRACT the hour Cinderella had to leave the ball.
ADD the number of dwarfs in the story Snow White.
MULTIPLY this total by how many kittens lost their mittens.
DIVIDE this score by the number of Old King Cole’s fiddlers.
MULTIPLY this score by how many bears Goldilocks met.
ADD the number of Ali Baba’s thieves.
Your answer should be the number of years Sleeping Beauty slumbered.