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Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 8:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

More of a joke than a puzzle, it is said to be solved by 5- and 6-year-olds in a matter of seconds, but to present a real challenge for grownups. As title suggests, it consists of three parts, introduced one at a time, after the previous one is solved. Only complete answers count. Enjoy!

Part 1. How do you put an elephant into refrigerator in 3 steps?
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 9:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1. Open the fridge door
2. Put the elephant in
3. Close the fridge door
Crazypalpig (Crazypalpig)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know this whole one, considering I am not even a teenager:P Can I be a sub mod? :-)
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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1. Open the fridge door
2. Put the elephant in
3. Close the fridge door
Correct

This was too easy. Is this a classic? Should we move it there?
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 4:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't think it's a classic, but it's not really a puzzle that can be solved by yes/no answers-you either know it or you don't. It's a good one, though...why not post the other parts and leave it to those who haven't heard it before and see if they can work it out?
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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I know this whole one, considering I am not even a teenager:P Can I be a sub mod? :-) What's a "sub mod"?
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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Part 2. Now, how do you put a giraffe into refrigerator in 4 steps?
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1. Open the fridge door
2. Take the elephant out
3. Put the giraffe in
4. Close the fridge door
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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1. Open the fridge door
2. Take the elephant out
3. Put the giraffe in
4. Close the fridge door
Correct again
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 5:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Part 3. Now, a hunter went out and killed all the animals except for one. Which one and why?
Enjay (Enjay)
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The giraffe...it's still in the fridge
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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The giraffe...it's still in the fridge

Oh! You knew! And this makes a

*************** SPOILER ***************

I usually get a lot of hilarious questions for the last part. By the way, have anyone tried this on a 5-year-old?

Thanks everybody!

Now, to find some "real" puzzles...
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 8:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ther's one last part which will probably go in the first post, but i though I might as well add it if you don't mind me hijacking your puzzle!
Two children are walking in the forest. They must cross the river to fetch apples, but there is no bridge or boat and the river is infested with crocodiles and piranhas. How do they get across safely?
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They wait for the piranhas to eat the crocodiles, but the crocodiles are poisonous, so the piranhas all die horribly, and the children wade across?
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I actually hadn't heard this before and my first post was in jest more than anything. But having followed the logic of the questions i suppose the last answer is that there is no crocodiles because the hunter killed them all. Either that or they went to the elephant's funeral. I asked my 7 year old daughter the first question and she got it right without a moments hesitation. Oh to be young again.
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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These particular crocodiles and piranhas turned vegetarian because there were no children to eat before those two came along and the animals had to survive on apples.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Peter got it right...the hunter killed the crocodiles and piranhas in part 3 so they just swam across. Points go to Woddworm and Emeraldink for originality though!
Enjay (Enjay)
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Peter got it right...the hunter killed all the animals in part 3, so they can just swin across. Points go to Woodworm and Emeraldink for imagination though!
Enjay (Enjay)
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Woops...I thought it didn't post so I typed it again, and then it appeared
Crazypalpig (Crazypalpig)
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Hm... I wonder why THIS puzzle wasn't cleared into recently solved puzzles yet? It was already SPOILED
Booklover (Booklover)
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so, what did the children have for lunch that day (other than their apples)? this is my own made up question...hope that's ok for me to add a question, emeraldink
Enjay (Enjay)
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I would imagine nothing that is kept in the fridge, since the giraffe would get in the way... :-)
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I have heard, though, that giraffes can be a pretty tasty treat! :o )
Enjay (Enjay)
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Is giraffe meat the answer, then?
Crazypalpig (Crazypalpig)
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Or crocodile and Pirahna meat! Actually, if the children are the hunters, they have a feast of meat!
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Enjay: I was thinking about the giraffe meat that was in the fridge... Could you imagine people squabbling over who would get the neck (or the legs)!
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You have an empty (but functional) electric kettle, an empty cup, a teabag, and a tap (faucet for USian readers) that dispenses cold water.

In four steps (or fewer) describe how you would make a cup of tea.

Next: you have a kettle full of cold water, an empty cup, a teabag, and a tap that dispenses cold water, In two steps (or fewer) describe how you would make a cup of tea.

If your five-year-olds can do this, send them to CalTech as soon as they turn six.
Emeraldink (Emeraldink)
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Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 7:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Procedure Tea_A
Parameters:
Electric_Kettle,
Cup,
Teabag,
Water

Electric_Kettle.fill ( Water );

While NOT Water.boil = TRUE
Electric_Kettle.heat;

Cup.fill ( Teabag );

Cup.fill ( Electric_Kettle.contents ( Cup.size_of ) );

END Tea_A


Procedure Tea_B
Parameters:
Electric_Kettle,
Cup,
Teabag,
Water

If Electric_Kettle.contents <> 0
Electric_Kettle.empty();

CALL Tea_A ( Electric_Kettle, Cup, Teabag, Water );

END Tea_B


The step ( or "statement" in computerese ) in this made-up language is a line that ends with a semi-colon;

BTW, I thought both elephant and giraffe were placed into fridge alive ( there was no "kill" step ) and survived prolonged refrigeration quiet nicely ;-)

And, of course, everybody is welcome to join the party!

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