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Trianglia (Posted on 2002-09-11) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Trianglia is a jacked-up island where no road has a dead end, and all the crossroads are "Y" shaped.

The young prince of Trianglia mounts his horse, and is about to go on a quest to explore the land of Trianglia. He gets to the road by his palace, when the mother queen comes out and shouts:

"But Charles, how will you find your way back?".

"Don't worry Elizabeth", the prince replies, "I will turn right in every second crossroad to which I arrive, and left otherwise. Thus I shall surely return to the palace sooner or later."

Is the prince right?

(From http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wwu/riddles/intro.shtml)

See The Solution Submitted by levik    
Rating: 4.0000 (5 votes)

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Question re: Solution | Comment 3 of 9 |
(In reply to Solution by Jim Lyon)

Brilliant!

I battled with this for some time, and could never find adequate proof that he would not enter a loop during his travels that did not include his starting point.

I wonder if the same logic applies in the case where he would only be making left (or right) turns all the time. Or any kind of a deterministic turning behavior.
  Posted by levik on 2002-09-12 04:53:34

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