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Alex's 4 lightbulb problem.


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#1 bonanova

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:42 PM

You all know how to solve the 3 lightbulb problem, right?
Davey and the boys nodded in agreement.

OK then, said Alex, try this one.
You've got four switches that control four lightbulbs.
You can't see the bulbs - they're in a closed room.

You can do anything you want with the switches,
say they're marked 1, 2, 3 and 4, and then you can
go into the room and inspect the bulbs - they'll be
marked A, B, C and D.

A pint says you can't match the numbers and letters
correctly.

As usual, it was Jamie who took the bet.

Did Jamie get his pint?
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 01:25 AM

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 05:56 AM

That works. Good one! :D

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