There is a small town situated by a barbarian colony. The population in this town is very small, but they live well. Upon seeing the villagers in this town so happy, a group of thirty two barbarians sneak up and position themselves around the city. All the barbarians fired at exactly the same time, and every bullet went over 3 villager's heads before it killed another person, including anyone who may have been shot already. If no villager was at the same place at the time (and all villagers were in the town) when the simultaneous shooting occurred, what is the fewest amount of villagers in the town?
(Note: "Around" means actually around. A line going around the city would work, but one going out of the city would not.)
(In reply to re: What about this?
by Brian Wainscott)
Well, call me old fashioned, but I kinda like it when the problem is clearly stated, such that it's not easily open to disparate interpretations.
Heck, when the discussion here started questioning whether or not it is okay for barbarians to be the 'person' shot... Gamer should pipe up... and offer a comment.
Otherwise, the "difficulty" of the problem lies not within the problem, but with poor/ambiguous language. And that is rarely fun (unless we're talking about problems that use that as the main point... such as Buying Chestnuts).
And of course, if that is the case, the problem should be in "tricks".