This problem is from a classic tsumego collection by Hon’inbō Shūsai called 死活妙機 or Shikatsu Myōki. This name is notoriously difficult to translate into English: while shikatsu means life-and-death, myōki is a Buddhist term referring to excellent adhering to Buddhist teachings. Presumably this is meant in the sense that ‘if you manage to solve all these problems, your reading will become unparalleled.’
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