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#21 anoop



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Posted 21 September 2007 - 12:55 PM

hello everybody

I donno y u guys r complicating d problem so much..

d way in wich i hav interpret says 2 children and 1 adults can b accomodated..

so 1st time : son, daughter and father goes
and son tak d boat back

2nd time: son and mother go
again son brings d boat back

finally : son comes wid d fisherman to d destination side and handovers his boat....
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#22 carlosn27


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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:44 PM

.... the boat could carry only one adult or two children. ....

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#23 shant93



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Posted 01 October 2007 - 11:54 PM

If you guys really want to argue about swimming across, just pretend its a TINY motorboat (With super-powered engine), and a 40km river.
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#24 riddler



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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:02 PM

Daughter and son go first
son goes back and parent goes alone
parent stays while daughter returns boat
daughter picks up son and they make a second trip.
--now both children and one parent are on the other side.
son goes back and lets the other parent take the boat.
other parent travels alone
daughter goes back and gets the son
now the whole family is on one side and the fisherman is left behind
son goes over and gives the fisherman his boat
fisherman travels alone and returns to the other side
daughter goes to get the son
they travel back together
returning the boat to the adult or child fisherman
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#25 decadere



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Posted 31 October 2007 - 02:54 AM

It all takes too long more than 13 steps in all. Here's a shorter 1.

1. Son and daughter cross
2. Son comes back
3. Dad goes across
4. Daughter comes back
5. Son and daughter cross
6. Son comes back
7. Fisherman crosses
8. Daughter comes back
9. Son and daughter cross
10. Son comes back
11. Mother crosses
12. Daughter comes back
13. Son and daughter cross
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#26 gamerkween



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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:03 PM

why cant the fisherman take the kids one at a time then go back and let the adults go and then the fisherman go swim across to his boat?
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#27 dustructleo2



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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:49 AM

the riddle says that they have to return the boat to the fisherman, so he wont be in the boat...one of the parents must be operating it...
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#28 amandadeemcminn


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Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:11 PM

It does state that the fisherman is an adult. It also states that the boat can only carry one adult or two children at a time, therefore, the fisherman can't be in the boat with any of them at the same time. The river is wide... and a "river", as stated in the original puzzle. Rivers tend to move very fast, and they are very cold generally. The thought of a whole family attempting to swim across a wide river (keeping in mind that two of them are children), when a perfectly capable boat is at hand is slightly out of the question. Besides, who doesn't like a good brain teaser when crossing a wide river with your children in a rickety old boat that can't hold more than one full grown adult at a time? Sign me up! :)
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#29 Kitty in the sky

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:40 PM

1. Both kids go across
2. On kid comes back
3. Adult goes across
4. Kid comes back
5. Both kids go across
6. They leave the fisherman to swim for his boat :D
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:46 PM

Why didn't they all just swim across in the first place?

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