VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.mathpuzzle.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy
Home Top Rated Puzzles Most Viewed Puzzles All Puzzle Questions Random Puzzle Question Search


THE ECCENTRIC CHEESEMONGER.





(Moving Counter Problem)
The cheesemonger depicted in the illustration is an inveterate puzzle
lover. One of his favourite puzzles is the piling of cheeses in his
warehouse, an amusement that he finds good exercise for the body as well
as for the mind. He places sixteen cheeses on the floor in a straight
row and then makes them into four piles, with four cheeses in every
pile, by always passing a cheese over four others. If you use sixteen
counters and number them in order from 1 to 16, then you may place 1 on
6, 11 on 1, 7 on 4, and so on, until there are four in every pile. It
will be seen that it does not matter whether the four passed over are
standing alone or piled; they count just the same, and you can always
carry a cheese in either direction. There are a great many different
ways of doing it in twelve moves, so it makes a good game of "patience"
to try to solve it so that the four piles shall be left in different
stipulated places. For example, try to leave the piles at the extreme
ends of the row, on Nos. 1, 2, 15 and 16; this is quite easy. Then try
to leave three piles together, on Nos. 13, 14, and 15. Then again play
so that they shall be left on Nos. 3, 5, 12, and 14.


Read Answer






Next: THE EXCHANGE PUZZLE.

Previous: CATCHING THE MICE.



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK




Random Questions

A Lodging-house Difficulty.
Moving Counter Problem
Farmer Lawrence's Cornfields.
The Guarded Chessboard
Counter Solitaire.
The Guarded Chessboard
The Fifteen Turnings.
Unicursal and Route Problems
The Puzzle Of The Squire's Yeoman
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
Central Solitaire.
Moving Counter Problem
Adding The Digits.
Money Puzzles
A Tennis Tournament.
Combination and Group Problems
The Spider And The Fly
MISCELLANEOUS PUZZLES
The Gardener And The Cook.
Unclassified Problems.
What Was The Time?
Money Puzzles
The Great Monad.
Various Dissection Puzzles
The Keg Of Wine.
Measuring, Weight, and Packing Puzzles.
The Magic Knight's Tour.
Magic Squares Problem.
The Six Frogs.
Moving Counter Problem