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Best Answer Yoruichi-san, 14 July 2014 - 01:31 AM

 

That should work. I had a different answer in mind.

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#1 TimeSpaceLightForce

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:53 AM

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Seven prisoners are to be shot next week on Mon,Tue,wed,Thu,Fri,Sat & Sun.
Nobody knows the schedule of the others but anyone who can guess them all 
correctly would be granted pardon.They had a plan.They expected the sentence.
When someone is caught communicating to other prisoners he/they will be 
denied the chance to guess before the death penalty. No one must talk.
One of them has a pair of mice,trained to move forward keeping one of their
side on the wall. A good strategy to escape mazes.
The mice are their key to life. How is it possible ? The mice can go from 
cell to cell through food tray slots.
 

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 04:57 PM

Can I ask some questions?

1- Can any of the prisoners catch the mice?

2- Is the speed of the mice fix?

3- Is it possible to hang any paper around the mice`s neck?

4- Do  each  one of the prisoners have a watch?


Edited by wolfgang, 11 July 2014 - 04:58 PM.

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#3 TimeSpaceLightForce

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:03 PM

Can I ask some questions?

1- Can any of the prisoners catch the mice?

     Yes , they can hold  the mice & can feed them rice.

2- Is the speed of the mice fix?

     Yes, Left or Right on wall

3- Is it possible to hang any paper around the mice`s neck?

    Paper or pen  are prohibited.

4- Do  each  one of the prisoners have a watch?

    No way of measuring the time.

 

 

Note: Cruelty to animals is not encouraged in this puzzle.

 


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#4 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:59 PM

I'm still not sure if I really understand the problem, and there's probably a really elegant way of doing it, but...

 

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:54 PM

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:59 PM

If you were to attempt to use that strategy in a solution

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:18 AM

If you were to attempt to use that strategy in a solution

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:46 AM

Oh, I see what you're thinking. In the solution you're proposing, one prisoner can send the mice to any other specific prisoner he wants, with the mice arriving from either the left or the right.

In my mind, the food slots face out through the main door of each cell and into a common area like in the picture. I was thinking that if, for example, prisoner 4 were to send one mouse right and one mouse left, then the mouse he sends right would visit prisoners 3, 2, 1, 7, 6 etc in that order, and the mouse he sends left would visit prisoners 5, 6, 7, 1, etc in that order. The mouse wouldn't have any indication that it's intended to visit one particular prisoner along that route and would visit everyone along the way, and might be picked up by any prisoner along the way and either have its direction switched or be held onto while waiting for the other mouse to arrive.

TSLF might be able to clarify what's intended in this problem.
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#9 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 04:45 AM

Actually I was thinking he could send them to either of the prisoners next to him ("cell to cell"? :huh: ), but I see what you mean, so yeah, it'd be good to have TSLF clarify ^_^.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 10:41 AM

Plasmid's notion is correct.. if the 1st person's day is Thursday sending a mouse left & sending a mouse right..both the adjacent cells would hold the mouse he catches and waits for further info indefinetly.


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