Tuesday, November 01, 2005

"River IQ Game"

A co-worker sent this "get the people across the river" puzzle to me a few days ago. (Embedded in a powerpoint presentation...Ugh!)

Start by reading the rules and hit the big round button--you're trying to get everyone across the river. If it happens that you can't read Japanese, I believe the rules are:
  • You can't send the boat across empty, and it can hold one or two people.
  • The boat can't be sent across with only children or only the criminal: a parent or the cop must be on the boat.
  • The boys can't be on the same side as the mom unless the dad is also present.
  • The girls can't be on the same side as the dad unless the mom is also present.
  • The criminal can't be on the same side as anyone unless the cop is also present.
It's actually much easier than it sounds: there aren't all that many legal moves at any point, and if you do go down the wrong branch, it won't be long before you discover it.

Looks like the puzzle originally came from "smallcampus.net"; maybe a Japanese speaker could help us out and let us know what that site's about?

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At 4:17 PM, February 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) cop & stripe, 2) cop, 3) cop & girl1, 4) cop & stripe, 5) mom & girl2, 6) mom, 7) mom & dad, 8) dad, 9) cop & stripe, 10) mom, 11) mom & dad, 12) dad, 13) dad & boy1, 14) cop & stripe, 15) cop & boy2, 16) cop, 17) cop & stripe

At 12:15 AM, August 03, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 cop and thief
2 cop
3 cop and boy 1
4 cop and thief
5 Father and boy 2
6 Father
7 Father and Mother
8 Mother
9 cop and thief
10 Father
11 Father and Mother
12 Mother
13 Mother and girl 1
14 cop and thief
15 cop and girl 2
16 cop

17 cop and thief


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