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Alex's gigantic mug puzzle


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#1 bonanova

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:55 AM

Take a look at these mugs, would ya!

Ian and Davey glanced at Alex, who was holding the biggest
pair of ale mugs anyone ever saw. Jamie arrived next, out of
breath, from across the room. Crap, he said, I thought you
said jugs. Annie left an hour ago, chided Alex, you need your
ears cleaned. But now that I have your attention ...

I've measured these beauties, and they hold exactly 4 pints,
raising the blue mug in his left hand, and 5 pints, looking at
the green mug in his right. What's more, I've asked the barkeep
to fill those two 10-pint pitchers over on the bar.

Now here's my challenge for ya ...

If any of you geniuses can put exactly 2 pints of ale into
each of these mugs
here, I'll buy the whole 20 pints. Then we'll
party. But think well and choose wisely, as they say, cuz if ya
take the bet and can't get it done in fewer than 10 pourings,
then you'll be buying the drinks.

Poor Jamie. He never saw a bet he didn't like. After all the
others passed, he gave it a try.

Any way Jamie won the bet?
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 07:28 AM

Okay, here ya go
Spoiler for solution


G'night

BTW I doubt your signature was a Freudian slip.
Oh, and that reminds me,
Would a Freudian Slip be Linguistic Lingerie?

Peace
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:05 PM

Sit down before you read this, some would be shocked that I would even ask......
Are you allowed to dump or drink and count it as a pour?
Now my wife is losing sleep on this one.

Thanks,
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:14 PM

Standard rules - a pour is a transfer from one container to another.
Each pour completely [a] fills the receiving vessel or [b] empties the donating vessel.

Why on earth would you want to dump or drink any of this stuff?
Oh wait, ... never mind.

Hope that answers.
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:25 PM

Ok here we go:

1. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 6)
2. throw the 4 away
3. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 2)
4. throw the 4 away
5. pour form first pitcher to the 5 (done with 5)
6. pour form second pitcher to the 4 (remaining 6)
7. throw the 4 away
8. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 2)
9. throw the 4 away
10. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (done with 4)

total 10 times
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:36 PM

Ok here we go:

1. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 6)
2. throw the 4 away
3. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 2)
4. throw the 4 away
5. pour form first pitcher to the 5 (done with 5)
6. pour form second pitcher to the 4 (remaining 6)
7. throw the 4 away
8. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (remaining 2)
9. throw the 4 away
10. pour form first pitcher to the 4 (done with 4)

total 10 times -- hmm .. OP said fewer than 10 --

Half a pint on the house for a good try, nonetheless.

But you should know that Jamie and the boys would have run you out of Morty's, forever, for spoiling the party.

Can you do it [and maybe put the solution into a spoiler] without wasting any of the good stuff?
And remember, you can't drink any of it, until the puzzle is solved.
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:44 PM

OK here we Go

******* 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
5mag: 5 1 1 0 5 2 2 2 2
4mag: 0 4 0 1 1 4 0 4 2
pitcher: 5 5 9 9 4 4 8 8 10
pitcher: 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 6 6

All Done with 9 :)
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 05:15 PM

Bravo. Not a drop wasted.
Party time, Alex buys. :)
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:32 AM

Edited out a rant on some rogue user for spamming.
Where did I put that eraser?
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