- Eight year old's homework puzzle (parental sleep loss)
Our daughter has been set the following puzzle to solve but none of us can solve it:
A man flew from London to Chicago on Tuesday. He stayed for 2 days and then flew back to London on Tuesday. Explain
It feels like it’s staring us in the face but it’s now beginning to bug us… HELP!!!!Posted 4 years ago
Don’t assume he travelled directly. What combination of time zone boundaries could he have crossed?
This is the path we went down; we had the plane travelling easy to west, west to east but the time difference is just 6 hrs so it never really works. It’s gonna be Cougar’s answer. I know it.Posted 4 years ago
You can gain a day by going the long way and crossing the International Date Line. Ie, you could leave on Tuesday and land on Monday. But I’m not seeing an easy way of getting a second day back (or losing a few) unless it’s something wooly like “he stayed for two days, went somewhere else we didn’t mention for five and came back on Tuesday.”
But as a question posed to an eight year old? It’s the name of the plane or his favourite seat cushion or something. Betcha.Posted 4 years agogonefishinMember
If the answer is “the plane is called Tuesday” then that’s the w@nkiest question/answer evva.
Only because you didn’t think of it first. Personally I think it’s pretty elegant, but then that’s pretty much where my thoughts went too so I would.
The thing to remember about puzzles is that if the answer isn’t obvious then it isn’t that good a puzzle.Posted 4 years agomutleySubscriber
“A man flew from London to Chicago on Tuesday. He stayed for 2 days.”
did something else for a few days…
“And then flew back to London on Tuesday.”
The two are not necessarily sequential. There could be a break in between.
8 year old’s homework has come on a bit since i was a nipper 😕Posted 4 years agomikewsmithMember
He flew with the CIA?Posted 4 years ago
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