re-posted from GW1, second draft. Having edited and edited over the past couple of days I think it's ready to go, so it is now removed from public view and winging its way (in triplicate) to the Cheshire Prize.
Oh and I renamed the gnomes as"brothers" because the little Latin riddle that it comes from calls them so:
Johann Herrmann (1738-1800) quoted --
Vetus hinc etiam aenigma ortum traxit:
Quinque sunt fratres,
Duo sunt barbati,
Sine barba sunt duo nati,
Unus ex his quinque
Non habet barbam utrinque.