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#41 YankeeFan03

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 02:05 AM

i think the "fisherman" is irrelevant. he lends him the family the boat. i don't take that as him having to accompany them on the tip across. the way i see it, there is a boat 2 kids and 1 adult that need to cross. only one adult or a total of two kids can cross at one time. it does not say that one kid cannot cross by him or herself. thus, as follows.

Two kids take the boat across
one kid gets out and the other kid goes back.
then the one kid gets out and the adult goes across
then, the adult gets out and the first kid gets back in and goes back
then both kids get in and cross.

voila the two kids and the adult are now across.
If there are two adults the same process would apply just a few more steps.
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#42 Dilster

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:38 PM

You only need 5 trips not 13
The sister will bring over the Mom and the brother to the other side (1 trip)
The sister will go back over to the other side (2 trips)
The sister will get the Fisherman and bring him over to the other side (3 trips)
The sister will go back to the other side (4 trips)
the sister will get the Father and bring him over to the other side (5 Trips)

There only 5 trips are needed and mabey six if the fisher leaving counts as a trip. B))
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#43 bobista

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 04:37 AM

Do you guys not get it yes the fisherman is an adult ....ok ...and to the first comment the riddle does work because the daughter got out of the boat and the brother came back for her....the fisherman could not take them over one at a time he is an adualt it said fits two children or one adault not and one adult the only way to get accross is for two children to cross or one adult...
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#44 IGOOGLELOVER

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:25 PM

Adult parents with two little children - a son and a daughter - came to a wide river. There was no bridge there. The only way to get to the other side was to ask an adult fisherman if he could lend them his boat. However, the boat could carry only one adult or two children. How does the family get to the other side and return the boat to the fisherman?

Pay attention to the original riddle, guys. It's not that hard. :mad:

Edited by IGOOGLELOVER, 26 October 2008 - 02:26 PM.

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#45 catfan

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:54 PM

"However, the boat could carry only one adult or two children. "

In a mathematical sense, there is NO solution, since the boat could not carry one children! The correct phrase would be "... or maximum two children."
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#46 apache

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 04:43 PM

yea, It's very logical and the probability of them doing that is pretty likely
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