Problem-Solving Skills

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  1. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    I'm sure there are some people here who know a lot about problem solving strategies. I got this from a friend via email the other day:

    A friend of mine showed me the solution quickly, but I wan't able to figure out what the key is to solving the puzzle. Is it like the nine-dots puzzle, where there's some mental block/unrecognized assumption that you have to let go of?
     


  2. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    I suck at these -- anyone figure it out?
     


  3. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Scroll over solution if you want to see it...


    The trick is making return trips with strategic pairs and making trips with unlikely combos. The mom and dad can travel together. The policeman can escort the second to last person leaving the theif alone on one side. The policeman can then return alone to pick up the theif.
     


  4. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    Arrrgh...I've just solved it but I didn't write down the steps.

    The key is the policeman, who can be used to bring people over without violating the rule. Anytime you get stuck, think about what you can do with the policeman.
     


  5. designprofessor

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    Arrrgh...I've just solved it but I didn't write down the steps.

    The key is the policeman, who can be used to bring people over without violating the rule. Anytime you get stuck, think about what you can do with the policeman.


    Taken away from the context of the puzzle, this is also a valuable tip![​IMG]
     


  6. Rome

    Rome Mr. Chocolates Godiva

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    I got them all across, then they all started to salute Hitler. How weird...
     


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