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Tidewaiter from the Guide to the Civil Service Examinations, 1856
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TIDE WAITER.

1.
Writing
(no examples available)




2.
Orthography
(Spelling. no examples available)




3.
Arithmetic (First four Rules, and the different
Weights and Measures)




1 Add 367443; 52421; 1671; 2596; 924; 34853; 684; 24835; 87; and 72
together. 

2 Add 
£491. 16s.
9d., 
£272. 15s. 6¼d., 
£889. 17s. 10½d., 
£647.
19s. 2¾d., 
£398.
16s. 7d., 
£563.
16s. 10¼d., 


£770. 0s.
5¾d.,

£945.
17s. 7d.,

£240.
13s. 9¼

and
£150. 10s together.



3 Subtract 868704368
from 7648200069.


4 Subtract 169 lbs. 6 oz. 14 dwts. 17 grs. from 187
lbs. 9 oz.12 dwts. 20 grs.


5 Multiply four
millions, fortynine thousand and three, by thirtysix thousand
and twentynine.


6 Multiply 49 tons 13 cwt. 2 qrs. 26 lbs. 10 oz. 7 dwts.
by 9.


7 Divide
5946784379 by 492.


8
Divide 467 tons 3hhd. 26 galls. 2 qrts. 1 pint by 5.


9 In 34lbs. 10oz. 12dwts. 16qrs.troy, how many grains?


10 In 2,160,000 cubic inches, how many loads of hewn
timber?


11 Reduce 159 quarters of corn to quarts.


12 In
4005 deals how many great hundreds?


13 In 150,000 eggs how many gross?


14 In 50 acres how many square inches?


15 In 3 leagues how many inches?


16 Reduce 564 English ells to nails.

TIDEWAITER AND BOATMAN.
Addition.

£

s.

d.


tons

cwt.

Qrs.

lbs.



912

17

8


84 
16

3 
18 


5

10

9¾


1

19

2 
14 


79

13

10¼ 

56

13

3 
22 


365

9

5½


19

18

2 
16 

Wine
yds.

ft.

In.


hhds.

glns.

qts.

pts.


19

10

7


52

38

3

2


3

7

9¾


19

58

3

1


12

8

10½


7

29

3

2


7

11

8¼


85

48

2

1


Subtraction

£

s.

d.


tons.

cwts.

qrs

lbs.


yds.

ft.

in.



975 
19 
1¼


359 
17 
2 
19 

252 
1 
1 


9 
16 
10¾ 

156 
18 
3 
27 

198 
2 
11 

Multiplication
Multiply 978015632 by 9738
Division
Divide 95708654 by 298
The commencing salary
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