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  1. robert

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    Hehe! Of course it can. I would never put up something impossible. Quiet a family they are :)!

    The rules are:
    - Dad can't be left with any of the daughters. If so, he beats them.
    - Mum can't be left with any of the sons. If so, she beats them.
    - The thief can't be left alone without the police, if so, the thief beats anyone in the family.
    - Only the policeman, mum or dad can operate the raft.
    - Only two persons on the raft at the same time.
    - Everyone should be moved over to the other side of the river.
    - The raft cannot go anywhere without mum, dad or the policeman.

    Hints that are not that revealing:
    - Of course, mum, dad or the policeman can go on the raft by themselves.
    - You must go back and forward more times than you first believe. I counted and it takes 17 rides before you are done.
     
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    Which musical instrument is intelligent? --The clever-chord.


    (I still can't get the family across the river :x :))
     
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    I think I know the solution to the River IQ-test… :D

    Here is my solution:
    1 Policeman and Thief across the river, Policeman back.
    2 Policeman and Daughter I across the river, Policeman and Thief back.
    3 Mother and Daughter II across the river, Mother back.
    4 Father and Mother across the river, Father back.
    5 Policeman and Thief across the river, Mother back.
    6 Father and Mother across the river, Father back.
    7 Father and Son I across the river, Policeman and Thief back.
    8 Policeman and Son II across the river, Policeman back.
    9 Policeman and Thief across the river… done…

    Or of course (Mother = Father and Daughter = Son):
    1 Policeman and Thief across the river, Policeman back.
    2 Policeman and Son I across the river, Policeman and Thief back.
    3 Father and Son II across the river, Father back.
    4 Father and Mother across the river, Mother back.
    5 Policeman and Thief across the river, Father back.
    6 Father and Mother across the river, Mother back.
    7 Mother and Daughter I across the river, Policeman and Thief back.
    8 Policeman and Daughter II across the river, Policeman back.
    9 Policeman and Thief across the river… done…


    Admin edit to small font in case people wants to try on their own.
     
  4. robert

    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    And you are 100% correct :D. I edited your post a bit to make sure people who wants to solve it on their own do not get the answer thrown in their face.
     
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    OK :wink:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    The physicist Dirac once gave a lecture at the end of which, he said : " Are there any questions?" One student raised his hand and said: " Professor Dirac, I didn't understand your proof of Theorem 3." Professor Dirac replied : " That's not a question! "
     
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    I might not understand the pun on math or logic; but I do understand the grammatical punchline of the statement. :roll:
     
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    So far, our lovely pianolady has been kind enough to post my jokes and puzzles for me, because I was not quite sure how to do it, but now I think I do, hence from now on, I will post them myself. My deepest thanks to Monica!
     
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    Oh my god!! She's gone schizo!! :lol:
     
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    No Nathan; I wrote that, not the pianolady! I don't know how the mistaken attribution came about! Probably something I did wrong, as usual!

    Raymond
     
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    What! Did your previous post take the handle of Monica. That was really weird. I have never seen it happen before.
     
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    OK, now I will start posting my stuff myself.

    A 2-volume set of books is sitting on a shelf. Volume 1 has 256 pages and Volume 2 has 257 pages. A bookworm starts from the first page of Volume 1 and bores its wat to the last page of Volume 2. The thickness of the pages of each volme is two inches, and each cover is one quarter of an inch thick.How far did the worm fravel?

    NOTE: Whenever I end with a question, the answer will be given next time.
     
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    :lol: :lol:

    Raymond - I think you just made a kind of paradox/riddle right here. "How can one member post a message but it shows up as being from another member?"

    FYI you other guys - I was doing the posting for Raymond, including the last one, which is why it's from pianolady and not Raymond.

    my guess - the worm traveled 4 1/2 inches?
     
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    My english is probably not good enough for the details. If the complete cover of a single book is 1/4 inch, then the front side or back side of the cover is each 1/8 inch, provided the thickness is equally distributed.

    Then the worm goes through 2*2 inches (paper way) and 2*1/8 cover ways, that means 4 1/4 inches all together?
    But maybe Raymond will have it more precisely. The first book has 256 pages, and the second book has 257 pages. I assume the worm starts inclusively the first page of the first book, and reaches the last page of the second book (but eats not through the last page, very, very important!).

    So more precisely I would say, the way is 2 inches + 1/4 inch + 2*256/257inches, what means alltogether NEARLY 4.242217899 inches :lol:
     
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    Assuming that Volume 1 is on the left and Volume 2 is on the right and that the books are arranged in a traditional bookshelf manner, it would be .5 inches. If Volume 1 is on the right and Volume 2 is on the left and the books are arranged in a traditional bookshelf manner, then it would be 4.5 inches. I'm not sure why you included the number of pages, though. :lol: Unless it was in an attempt to make the trick of the riddle as plain as possible without giving it away...
     
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    Good for you. Terez!
     
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    Oh yeah [hitting myself on the head]. Good one!
    Should have known it would have been trickier than what I first thought. :oops:
     
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    Yes, riddles are never that simple, though this one was pretty simple as far as riddles go. :D Though I think Ray should have worded it a bit better. 8)
     
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    Great :x :lol:

    Ok, Terez gets a point. But Olaf should get something for his answer - like a handshake, or .0001 point because although incorrect, it sounded good. :lol:
     

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