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The well-ordered orchard


Best Answer bonanova, 08 April 2013 - 06:28 AM

Time to plant the trees.

 

Assuming interest on this puzzle is spent, let's close it out.

 

Spoiler for Eighteen rows of 3

 

Honorable mention to plasmid, whose last post was clearly on the right track.

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#1 bonanova

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

The gardener planted his orange trees in a superbly ordered manner.

Not counting pairs of trees as a "row", he created nineteen rows of trees.

 

How many trees was it necessary for him to plant?


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

Spoiler for oops, I planted too many


Edited by CaptainEd, 15 February 2013 - 04:24 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:35 PM

Spoiler for a solution


Edited by CaptainEd, 15 February 2013 - 04:38 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

Spoiler for a solution


Nice, and extremely well ordered.
But the gardener was more frugal. He used fewer trees.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Wow! His name wasn't Martin, was it?

Please correct me if I'm wrong: a line of 4 counts as one row of 4, rather than two rows of three, right?


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

I see your point
 

Spoiler for better still

 

Edit: from "more frugal" to "better still" that meets the OP with even fewer trees


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Wow! His name wasn't Martin, was it?
Please correct me if I'm wrong: a line of 4 counts as one row of 4, rather than two rows of three, right?

 

Sometimes it's Martin, a semi-idol of mine, but not this time.
It's gardener, lower case, with two "e"s.

Correct. A row of four is not also two (or four) rows of three.
A row is a row, and its size is the number of trees aligned with it.

Clue:
If the rows of length greater than three are excluded, there are (only) eighteen rows
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

Spoiler for I got...


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

Spoiler for


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:08 PM

Spoiler for I got...

 

Yes. Very close.
It's as close as you can come and not be the minimum.
That was a hint at the answer.


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