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Puzzle for 23rd Jun 2009

Discussion in '$1 Daily Competition' started by shabbir, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

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    Four people are stuck on one side of the bridge and opposition Army is approaching to kill them. They should cross the bridge in minimum time possible.

    Crossing time needed for each.

    Soldier - 1 Min
    Gunman - 2 Min
    King - 5 Min
    Queen - 10 Min
    Torch ( As much as by the person carrying it )

    Conditions:
    1. Only 2 people can cross the bridge as its not well built.
    2. Torch should be always with somebody when crossing as its dark.
    3. Torch cannot be thrown as bridge is wider than any human can throw the torch on other side.
    4. Time taken by 2 persons are of the one who is slowest.
     
  2. SaswatPadhi

    SaswatPadhi ~ Б0ЯИ Τ0 С0δЭ ~

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    This is a famous puzzle :D
    [See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatles_Concert_Puzzle]

    I think the optimal solution is :

    TIME xxxxxx MOVEMENT
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    +2xxxxxxxxxSoldier and Gunman move to opposite side.
    2+1xxxxxxxxxSoldier comes back.
    3+10xxxxxxxxKing and Queen move to opposite side.
    13+2xxxxxxxxGunman comes back.
    15+2xxxxxxxxSoldier and Gunman move to opposite side.
    17xxxxxxxxxxAll have crossed safely :)

    So, minimum time to cross is 17 mins :hurray:
     
  3. nimesh

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    The other solution would be that Gunman comes first and Soldier comes later.
    But in any case, 17 would be the minimum time taken for all to cross the bridge.

    Nice Reply Saswat.:2thumbsup
     
  4. mayjune

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    thats two in a row.... :)
     
  5. shabbir

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    I knew about this but I changed and framed the question a bit different hoping Saswat would not know it :D
     
  6. SaswatPadhi

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    Thanx nimesh and MayJune. :)

    Why are people targeting me ? LOL !?! :D
     
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    They say, when everyone is criticizing you (targeting you) you are on the right track :D
     
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    And Famous
     

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