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# Six Cups

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i saw this somewhere else and decided to draw it and stuff:

Here are six cups. Three of them are empty, three have wine in them. Your goal is to make the line of cups alternate (wine-empty-wine-empty or empty-wine-empty-etc). You can only touch one cup and that is the cup you move. You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups. How do you do it?

Pour cup 4 into empty cup 1!

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Take the fourth cup... and pour the wine in it into the first one and replace it in the old position.

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hooray! lol thats a sucky one isnt it. try my Lightbulbs one i like that one

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well, im glad you guys told me how, i was thinking WAY too hard on that one

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E E W W W E

1. Take the fourth cup to the back ...

E E W -- W E W

2. Put the first cup on the place of "--"

E W E W E W

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brhan look at the bolded part in my OP:

i saw this somewhere else and decided to draw it and stuff:

Here are six cups. Three of them are empty, three have wine in them. Your goal is to make the line of cups alternate (wine-empty-wine-empty or empty-wine-empty-etc). You can only touch one cup and that is the cup you move. You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups. How do you do it?

Pour cup 4 into empty cup 1!

your solution doesn't work ;D

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ahh ... I got it now, thanx for the clarification.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you also be able to move cup number 4 and place it between cups 1 and 2? The riddle states "You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups".

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you also be able to move cup number 4 and place it between cups 1 and 2? The riddle states "You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups".

that does make sense if you think about it for a little cause you'll push it with the cup not your hand nice thinking Kyoti

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Since all 3 cups with wine are sequential...you can choose any of them and pour it into cup 1 then push it between the other 2 glasses that originally had wine

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i saw this somewhere else and decided to draw it and stuff:

Here are six cups. Three of them are empty, three have wine in them. Your goal is to make the line of cups alternate (wine-empty-wine-empty or empty-wine-empty-etc). You can only touch one cup and that is the cup you move. You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups. How do you do it?

Pour cup 4 into empty cup 1!

I'll take the 4th glass and pour the wine into the first.This way we'll have-wine-empty-wine-empty-wine-empty.

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pour cup4 into cup 1

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you also be able to move cup number 4 and place it between cups 1 and 2? The riddle states "You may not move any other cups with or without your hand except if you are pushing the cup you chose to move between two other cups".

Uh, no, that doesn't work. You'd still have two wine cups in a row (original positions 3 and 5). I'm pretty sure that the other solution posted is the only one that works.

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Drink all red wine with a straw pee in cups 1-3 and 5 and tell everybody its Chardonay.

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Uh, no, that doesn't work. You'd still have two wine cups in a row (original positions 3 and 5). I'm pretty sure that the other solution posted is the only one that works.

Dang, you're right. I had forgotten that there were 3 filled cups in a row, and by moving one there were still two in a row. Since my solution didn't work, I agree that the original solution is probably the only valid solution.

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Or could you take #6 and add it between #2 and #3. E,E,E - F,F,F

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Pour the wine from the fourth cup into the first cup then replace cup four in its original position. Am I missing something simple that makes this problem more complex?

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I must be missing something ...

If this is the starting lineup: O O O * * *

... and I pour cup 4 into cup 1, I get this: * O O O * *

which is NOT the desired outcome. So the starting lineup is something else? Defined where in the problem statement?

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I must be missing something ...

If this is the starting lineup: O O O * * *

... and I pour cup 4 into cup 1, I get this: * O O O * *

which is NOT the desired outcome. So the starting lineup is something else? Defined where in the problem statement?

Never mind! With my work computer (running Win XP Pro) and firefox I could not see the original graphic with the cups in the

original arrangement, and assumed it was as above. It makes the problem MUCH more difficult this way!

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Dude OOXXXO O=empty X=half wine. Get it

Edited by akaslickster
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Take the fourth cup and poor it into the first cup then set the fourth cup back in its original spot.

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A second solution is to use cup #1 to push cup #4 around to the now empty #1 spot and return your cup to the newly vacated #4 spot, satisfying the requirements of (a) touching only one cup and (b) moving no other cups except if moving yours between two others (#3 and #5).

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