# Can't solve this problem, a variation on the lamb, lion and man crossing the river?

Asked by free (125 ) April 3rd, 2009

http://www.robmathiowetz.com/
just can’t figure it out, are the Japanese that much smarter or has my dissolute life caught up with me?

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My husband and I solved it pretty easily.

Hint- think outside the box regarding people going back and forth on the boat.

crisw (13967 )

Yeah, I’m thinking outside the box. But its still not working. Why did you have to send this link?

Les (9571 )

I got it done. Hint> The policeman and the prisoner go over last…at least in my solution.

TheLoneMonk (2885 )

love to spread the misery
crisw, been looking at this, off and on for a few days, come on, I’m begging ya, a little more of a hint please?! I always end up in the same predicament

free (125 )

Even though the cop goes over last it isn’t the first time he goes over.

TheLoneMonk (2885 )

proof or it didn’t happen…TheLoneMonk, the criminal has to be first too…but I always get stuck with a left over kid….arrrghhhh…..

free (125 )

Totally got it.
@free. It’s up to you how many hints you want, but you’re right. First are prisoner and guard, last are prisoner and guard. But there is one twist at the very end. I think you and I were stuck at the same point. What is the situation that you are stuck at (i.e. who’s on what side?)

Les (9571 )

@free
I’m at work and can’t load the puzzle here- I don’t remember all of the steps off the top of my head, alas. I can provide it step-by-step when I get home if no one else does it before then.

crisw (13967 )

BIG HINT
@free: When you have one left over kid, there’s no reason you can’t send the guard and prisoner back.

Les (9571 )

CRUD!!! sooo close, in my best get smart voice now I can get some sleep….

free (125 )

@free: Did you get it?

Les (9571 )

Thanks to Les. guess it was a brain freeze. I’ll forget about that job….I’m afraid to try the others!:)

free (125 )

Phew! Got it.

andrew (15698 )

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