Friday, December 08, 2006

Brain teaser

Yesterday my friend sent me a great brain teaser. She's pretty notorious for picking my brain with stuff.

Anyway, I had fun with this puzzle. So much so, that I decided to post it; but not before I figured it out myself. Now that I have, I'm sharing it with the rest of you. Enjoy!

OK. The puzzle involves the following characters: A police officer (with the blue suit and handcuffs), a criminal (with the striped uniform), a father, a mother, two sons and two daughters. Included in the puzzle is a 2-man raft. The object of the game is to successfully move all of the characters from one side of the river to the other using the raft.

Oh, if it was that simple. Here are some rules:
  • Only two people can be on the raft at a time

  • Only the police officer, the father, and the mother know how to steer the raft

  • The father can't be alone with the daughters; without the mother being there (imagine if parents were the same way with Michael Jackson, but I digress...)

  • The mother can't be alone with the sons; without the father being there.

  • The criminal can't be with anybody without the police officer.

To access the puzzle, click here. To start, click on the circle in the lower right corner. Don't freak out over the Japanese language. I suspect that it's just the instructions. To place characters on and off of the raft, click on them. To move the raft back and forth, click on the poles by the river.

If you'd like the solution, feel free to drop me an email. If nobody comes up with a solution, I'll post the one I came up with.

Have fun!


15 "Insiders" spoke their mind. Join in...:

Joslyn AKA JD said...

I'm glad that you liked it so much, Andre! This is a great way to take a break from work! I hope that everyone else has fun figuring it out!!!


KC said...


I cant figure this stupid thing out!

JJM said...


I don't know who you think I am but I'm not some mathematician! Remember, you tutored ME in Calculus! LMAO!

This is pretty fun though. It keeps my mind from wandering.

Kim said...


it took me a minute, but I got it down to 18 moves.

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

Andre~ My Greeneyed Handsome



Andre said...

@ Jos: Thanx!

@ KC: Must be hard out there for a pimp, I guess...

@ J: *comparing our salaries* I would've never guessed that I tutored YOU! LOL!

@ Kim: If you mean 18 moves; as in 9 full trips, then you've got it. It took me 18 total moves to get it. Congrats! And you call me the smart one...

@ Greeny: Hey my Green Queen. Getting frustrated are we? I think that's why they call it a brain teaser! But fear not. If you want that answer, I'll give it to you.

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

MY Greeneyed handsome Man ,
I just sent another Email to request that info ! Stop laughing I can hear you all the way over here , in the meantime when I get a chance I shall take another stab at it , time is the issue (SHE SAYS WITH RED CHEEKS)


Marianita said...

haha got it!
18 moves also :)

Thanks for posting this, even though I spent time doing it instead of studying like I should've!

Post more brainteasers!

Andre said...

@ Greeny: Just in case you needed to SEE me laughing at you, watch this:


*Wipes tears from eyes*

The solution is on the way.

@ Mari: 'Sup lady? How long did it take you? It took my almost 40 minutes to get it! I must be getting rusty.

Good luck on your finals.

ajbendaƱa said...

i got it after about 35 mins but its so damn annoying! But it was fun

ajbendaƱa said...

i got it after about 35 mins but its so damn annoying! But it was fun break from work.

Anonymous said...


guy said...

Is this thing on?

Anonymous said...

knock knock

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