Sunday Times Teaser 3092 – A Christmas Carol
by Nick MacKinnon
Published Sunday December 26 2021 (link)
A Christmas Carol was published on 19/12/1843, when Bob Cratchit was in his forties, almost seven years after Jacob Marley’s death on Christmas Eve. On Marley’s last Christmas Day, a working day for them all as always, Scrooge said to Cratchit and Marley, “We three will work the same dates next year as this year, except that I’ll cover Cratchit’s birthday so he can have the day off, since Marley never works on his.” On Boxing Day, Scrooge decided to allocate extra work dates for next year to anyone whose number of work dates was going to be below the average of the three of them, bringing them up to exactly that average. Daily, up to and including New Year’s Eve, Scrooge repeated this levelling-up to the new average, never needing fractions of a day.
What was Bob Cratchit’s full date of birth?