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She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage


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#21 almass

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 06:59 PM

why don't you eat the cabbage, sit in the middle of the two animals and row the canoe!
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#22 womanonahorse

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 12:22 AM

The farmer takes the Cabbage in the boat. The She-goat will follow in the water after the cabbage. The Wolf will follow the She-goat. All are on the other side in one trip.
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#23 oninkame

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 02:56 AM

this is just simple
if you switch the "items", they will not be harmed.
so, you take the she-goat to the other side.
you return and get the cabbage.
as soon as you drop off the cabbage, pick up the she-goat.
now, the same with the she-goat, you drop it off and grab the wolf.
after you drop off the wolf, you return to the other side with nothing
then you finally pick up the she-goat and you are safely home...
of course, the person in charge would need to do something about them once they are all together again...
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#24 oninkame

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 02:57 AM

that's a very smart idea but, wasn't the point to get ALL three things safely to the other side of the river???

why don't you eat the cabbage, sit in the middle of the two animals and row the canoe!


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#25 kentttj

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 05:05 AM

Let's take point A as point of origin and point B as the point of destination. First the farmer must take the she-goat first to point B, leaving the wolf and the cabbage at point A, so no problem. Then the farmer must take the wolf second. On his way back, he must take with him the she-goat to point A, leaving the wolf alone at point B. When the farmer reaches point A, he must leave the she-goat and bring the cabbage to point B, thus leaving the wolf and the cabbage together at point B. And lastly, the farmer takes the she-goat. That simple, isn't it.
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#26 bigbadkitty

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:45 AM

can you take the she-goat across first, leaving the wolf and the cabbage behind. then pick up the cabbage and take it across. when you go back for the wolf take the she-goat back across the river with you and drop her off on the original side. then take the wolf across. leaving it on the side of the river you want to go to with the cabbage then go back for the she-goat and take her across. it is the only way i can see it working and it took me ages and a pen and paper to figure it out?
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#27 defrostedice

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 01:52 AM

all in one crossing: have the wolf and she-goat swim across(one on each side of the boat) and have the farmer in the boat with the cabbage. Done

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#28 sourabhtheone

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 06:56 AM

1> goat will go
2> then cabbage will go and goat will return
3> wolf will go
4> come back and take goat
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#29 propsguy

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:49 AM

It's a puzzle folks;there's no trick to it, or error in it's premise. Just a solution to be worked out.

It will take some loadIt will take some loading and unloading, but the farmer can keep all his purchases safe thusly:

On the first trip he takes the she-goat across, leaving the wolf with the cabbage on the market side of the river.

He then returns to the market side of the river and picks up the wolf, leaving only the cabbage there. He takes the wolf across the river toward his home. He drops the wolf there, but loads the she-goat back onto the boat and returns it back to the market side of the river. There he exchanges the goat for the cabbage, and ferries the cabbage across the river to leave it once again with the wolf.

Then he goes back and picks up the she-goat. One last crossing leaves the goat well travelled, but all the farmer's purchases intact.ing and unloading, but the farmer can keep all his purchases safe thusly:

On the first trip he takes the she-goat across, leaving the wolf with the cabbage on the market side of the river.

He then returns to the market side of the river and picks up the wolf, leaving only the cabbage there. He takes the wolf across the river toward his home. He drops the wolf there, but loads the she-goat back onto the boat and returns it back to the market side of the river. There he exchanges the goat for the cabbage, and ferries the cabbage across the river to leave it once again with the wolf.

Then he goes back and picks up the she-goat. One last crossing leaves the goat well travelled, but all the farmer's purchases intact.
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#30 trejt

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 03:39 AM

Easy enough: He takes the she goat over, goes back and takes the cabbage with him for the second crossing. When he gets to the other side, he off-loads the cabbage and reloads the goat, taking it back to the original side. He then off-loads the goat, takes the wolf to the other side, returns and gets the goat for the final leg, et voila.
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