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BOING! (Posted on 2003-09-17) Difficulty: 4 of 5
I once knew a fellow who was a bit long of leg and short of foot.

The soles of his shoes were, in fact, exactly 9 inches long and his stride was exactly 35 inches. He had a habit of counting his steps when they were all on the same slab of the sidewalk and saying "Boing!" every time he stepped on a crack. If he stepped over a crack his counting started again at one, and of course his counting started at one after each "Boing!"

In his neighborhood there was a sidewalk with perfectly regular slabs all the same size. He noticed that when he walked along this sidewalk he always got the following repeating pattern (where "*" stands for "Boing!"):


How far apart, in inches, were the cracks in the sidewalk?

See The Solution Submitted by DJ    
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Just a thought | Comment 7 of 15 |
Is it not possible that the slabs are 19 steps x 35 inches/step = 665 inches long? Unlikely I realise, and I know your answer is the one being looked for, but what is it that's keeping us to 7 slabs a cycle?
  Posted by Sam on 2003-09-17 22:36:42
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