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Open By Majority (Posted on 2004-03-03) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A group of five people want to put a set of locks on a chest and distribute keys to the locks amongst themselves in such a way that all the locks on the chest could be opened only when at least three of them were present to open it.

How many locks would be needed, and how many keys?

See The Solution Submitted by Brian Smith    
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re(3): ?!? Master Key | Comment 25 of 45 |
(In reply to re(2): ?!? Master Key by Stelian Trandafir)

Stelian Trandafir wrote: 'Only one lock that "senses" that 3 different keys have been used and opens the chest. Then 5 different keys will be distributed to each person. The lock might even have 5 holes that count the number of keys that have been used at once. That solves it. Of course, but that was not the point of the exercise.'

I don't think that solves it at all. The puzzle states that no fewer than three people must be present to open the chest.

 

 


  Posted by Penny on 2004-03-04 10:22:34
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