“Through this zone I can do a constant 20 miles an hour, but I cannot carry more than four men at a time. At what rate can you walk?”

“All of us can do a steady four miles an hour.”

“Very well, then I will go ahead with four men, drop them somewhere on the road to walk, then will pick up four more (who will already have started out), drop them also, and return for the last four. So all you have to do is keep walking while you are on your feet and I will do the rest.”

They started at noon and arrived safely, together, at the same time, according to plan.

What was the exact time they arrived?