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# Adapting a classic crossing puzzle

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5 college students need to cross a river in a small boat.  Two of these students are on the rowing team and can cross it in one minute if either one or both are rowing.  The other three are not and will take four minutes to cross even if they are with the rowing team members.  The boat can only hold up to three people at a time.  What is the shortest amount of time it will take to cross the river?

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Ok , NOW  I got it ,

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8 mins  is the fastest
lets consider fast rower as r  , and slower as s ,    and   | |   be the bridge
sssrr  |  |                                     0 min
sss     |  |    rr                             1 min
sssr   |  |   r                                2 min
r    |  |    sssr                        6 min
rr   |  |   sss                           7 min
|  |   sssrr                        8 min

Edited by Slashpuzzler

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After going through a few ways to cross the river , shortest time is

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9 mins

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there is a faster time

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9 minutes;  i.e. 1 rower & 2 non rowers  cross in 4 minutes ; 1 rower returns in 1 minute ;  2 rowers and 1 non rower cross in 4 minutes.

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Good job slashpuzzler! And neat puzzle BMAD!

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