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#11 bhramarraj

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:17 PM

My first answer was totally wrong. I blame my flu meds.

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#12 pattie-mae

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:22 PM

it would be 42 inches either way the ant goes... up = 11+30+1=42 .... down = 1+30+11=42

Edited by pattie-mae, 12 June 2012 - 03:23 PM.

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#13 bhramarraj

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:25 PM

I could not think of any other route shorter than 42 inch. However if
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#14 Potok

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:29 PM

Ok there's nothing falling down, right ? They're both inside the box and the honey isnt moving, the ant is. Can someone please explain how would the movement go with your 40inch path ? I simply dont get it. May be ok mathemathically (altho i dont see where you get 6+12+6 nor 1+30+1) but can you elaborate on the actual movement? Again floor and ceiling in the same path sorta dont make sence, it would be either one or the other from my p.o.v.
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#15 plainglazed

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:51 PM

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#16 fabpig

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:55 PM

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That's exactly what I was going to say.....(but my picture wasn't as nice as yours and it wouldn't download)
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:40 PM

assuming it's a flying ant, then it could fly the length of the diagonal for a 30 by 10 inch rectangle and travel just 31.6 inches.
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#18 bhramarraj

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:47 AM

That's exactly what I was going to say.....(but my picture wasn't as nice as yours and it wouldn't download)

But it is nowhere mentioned in OP that the box will be broken for fascilitating the ant.
I hope my logic given in Post # 13, may be the correct answer to this tricky puzzle.
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#19 Potok

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:19 AM

The box wasnt broken, friend. They just did it to demonstrate the solution, which i do belive is the fastest. Obviously you cant have anything dropping down or flying ants.
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#20 ujjagrawal

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:36 AM

I undersatnd you people had got the answer... you are real genuises... but I would like to put here again explanation for others...

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