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She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage - Back to the River Crossing Puzzles

A farmer returns from the market, where he bought a she-goat, a cabbage and a wolf (what a crazy market :-). On the way home he must cross a river. His boat is small and won’t fit more than one of his purchases. He cannot leave the she-goat alone with the cabbage (because the she-goat would eat it), nor he can leave the she-goat alone with the wolf (because the she-goat would be eaten).

How can the farmer get everything on the other side?

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She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage - solution

Take the she-goat to the other side. Go back, take cabbage, unload it on the other side where you load the she-goat, go back and unload it. Take the wolf to the other side where you unload it. Go back for the she-goat. That's it.

A farmer is returning from market, where he bought a she-goat, a wolf and cabbage. On the way home he must cross a river. His boat is little, allowing him to take only one of the three things. He can't keep the she-goat and the cabbage together (because the she-goat would eat it), nor the she-goat with the wolf (because the she-goat would be eaten).

How shall the farmer get everything on the other side (without any harm)?

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Can't you just take the wolf and the cabbage over together, the cannage does not wiegh much and does not take up any space so you can take them over together then go back and take the goat.

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Can't you just take the wolf and the cabbage over together, the cannage does not wiegh much and does not take up any space so you can take them over together then go back and take the goat.

GRRRRRR.. The point is not the weight of the cabbage. It is a Puzzle. It is designed to see if you can problem SOLVE, not problem CREATE..lmao Yes the cabbage is light and ofcoarse you could manage it on a boat, but if that was the case there would be no puzzle to solve..

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why not same time unloading and loading and just take the wolf or cabbage. go back and kick one of the previous two you didn't before. go back and get the goat.

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How about you take them in this order...

1. Wolf (He will be bored and lonely by himself while you make another trip)

2. Cabbage (Wolf wont eat the cabbage, apparently he likes she-goats)

3. She-Goat (Last trip, you will be there so nobody eats anything!)

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How about you take them in this order...

1. Wolf (He will be bored and lonely by himself while you make another trip)

2. Cabbage (Wolf wont eat the cabbage, apparently he likes she-goats)

3. She-Goat (Last trip, you will be there so nobody eats anything!)

If you take the wolf first, the She-goat will eat the cabbage.

Game over.

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another classic! this was the first river crossing puzzle i ever did in my life. =P

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Thinking outside the box (or the boat as it may be). Put the wolf and the cabbage into the boat. Get in the water and swim with it as you push the little thing across the water. Drop off the wolf and the cabbage, put your wet body into the boat and go pick up the she-goat. No one said that the farmer had to get into the boat too or that he couldn't swim.

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this is my approach guys:

wolf+cab to B

takes wolf back to A

leaves wolf, takes sheep over to B

takes cabbage back to A

wolf+cab to B

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It said his boat is only to take one thing at a time so everything will be fine.

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There could also be a small re-order in transport of animals/vegetables..

First, the farmer takes she-goat to the other side. Gets back and takes wolf. Take him to other side, picks up the she-goat, get her back to the side A, takes the cabbage, transport it to the other side. Wolf won't eat it, so, he just goes back for the she-goat and when they come to the side B, everybody's safe and sound.

So, apparently, the only thing to remember is that she-goat must go first, and must come back to the side A once again. The order of transporting wolf and cabbage is irrelevant.

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Farmer can take SHE GOAT first over the river. Thus Wolf and Cabbage is left on the next side.

Farmer then returns for Cabbage. drops of the cabbage on the other side but carries back the SHE GOAT with him to the origional side.

Drops of the SHE GOAT and takes the WOLF into the boat and carry him to the other side.

Thus WOLF and CABBAGE is left one side and the SHE GoAT is to be carried back lastly with the farmer on his final trip

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This is what I thought of. Why not leave the Wolf and Cabbage behind, Take the She-Goat all the way home, come back and then take the other two across in any order you like. But of course this would require for your home to be somewhat near by, as you do not want to cabbage to rott. I dont think a theif would mess with a wolf.

OH YEA! I AM THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD!

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THE SOLUTiON iS SiMPLE....YOU DO iT iN THiS ORDER

1.TAKE THE GOAT TO POiNT B ...THE WOLF WiLL NO EAT THE CABBAGE.

2.GO BACK AND PiCK UP EiTHER ONE THE GOAT OR THE WOLF.

3.YOU DROP WHiCHEVER ONE OFF AT POiNT B BUT WHEN YOU GO BACK YOU TAKE THE GOAT WiTH YOU.

4. YOU DROP THE GOAT BACK OFF AT POiNT A AND PiCK UP THE REMAiNiNG OBJECT....YOU THEN GO AND DROP THAT OBJECT OFF AT POiNT B AND THEN YOU CAN GO AND RETRiEVE THE GOAT AND THEY WiLL ALL SAFELY BE AT POiNT A

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1. Farmer takes She-goat across the river and leave cabbage and Wolf behind.

2. Farmer drops off She-goat on the other side and returns to picks up cabbage.

3. Farmer crosses river again and drops off cabbage, then picks up she-goat.

4. Farmer returns drops off the she-goat and picks up Wolf.

5. Farmer crosses river and drops off Wolf beside cabbage.

6. Farmer returns picks up she-goat.

7. Farmer crosses river with she-goat.

ALL THREE ACROSS RIVER UNHARMED

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The farmer was a shrewd fellow. Yes they laughed at him when he left the market and joked about the envisaged disaster which would befall him. They were wrong.

Having arrived at the river bank, the farmer tied the wolf and the goat to seperate trees and rowed across with the cabbage. He rowed back and repeated the journey with the goat and tied it to a coveniently placed tree. The wolf was more of a problem because it was timid and prone to anxiety attacks that expressed themselves through a great deal of snarling and gnashing of teeth. But the wolf could swim and so the farmer tide it to the back of the boat and hauled it across the river where he tied it up to another handily located tree. He was exhausted by his efforts and so lit a fire and was soon tucking into one of Ma's special recipies for cabbage broth.

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take them in this order

1-the man will take goat with him and leave it on other side

2-on the second trip, the man will take cabbage with him and leave it on other side at the same time he takes the she goat to the first side

3-on third trip he will take wolf with him and leave the goat on first side

and leave the wolf on the other side

and lastly he will take goat with him

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Here's how to -

Take She-Goat over.

Come back, pick up Wolf.

Take Wolf over, but pick up She-goat and come back.

Now off load She-Goat, pick up Cabbage.

Take Cabbage over.

Come back, pick up She-Goat, take her over.

All three critters safely on the other side!

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OK if every thing is on side A ...1st trip take goat to side B, go back across to side A , take cabbage to side B , return with goat to side A drop off goat , take wolf to side B, return for goat on side A ... Take goat to side B... alot of rowing ... but no one get eaten!

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Easy I solve this 1 b4... except it was a pig not a she-goat.

A=She-goat

B=Cabbage

C=Wolf

1. row A over

2. come back pick up B row to other side drop B off

3. pick up A row back

4. drop A off and pick up C

5.row C over now u have C w/ B

6. row back and pick up A and u done =P

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why don't you eat the cabbage, sit in the middle of the two animals and row the canoe!

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The farmer takes the Cabbage in the boat. The She-goat will follow in the water after the cabbage. The Wolf will follow the She-goat. All are on the other side in one trip.

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this is just simple

if you switch the "items", they will not be harmed.

so, you take the she-goat to the other side.

you return and get the cabbage.

as soon as you drop off the cabbage, pick up the she-goat.

now, the same with the she-goat, you drop it off and grab the wolf.

after you drop off the wolf, you return to the other side with nothing

then you finally pick up the she-goat and you are safely home...

of course, the person in charge would need to do something about them once they are all together again...

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that's a very smart idea but, wasn't the point to get ALL three things safely to the other side of the river???

why don't you eat the cabbage, sit in the middle of the two animals and row the canoe!
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Let's take point A as point of origin and point B as the point of destination. First the farmer must take the she-goat first to point B, leaving the wolf and the cabbage at point A, so no problem. Then the farmer must take the wolf second. On his way back, he must take with him the she-goat to point A, leaving the wolf alone at point B. When the farmer reaches point A, he must leave the she-goat and bring the cabbage to point B, thus leaving the wolf and the cabbage together at point B. And lastly, the farmer takes the she-goat. That simple, isn't it.

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