A games program was inspired by the exploits of "Indiana Jones", naturally modifications were made.
In one set of three events a pair of contestants had to retrieve a "gem".
Within the arena the pair would see a deep circular pit, the only aids allowed to enable their task, their 'prize' and any transformations made to the pit for each scenario.
Scenarios of the three distinct events:
In each case a pit of radius 6 feet has the "gem" dangling over its centre at just above head height as the contestants stand at the edge of the pit. Lightweight, anti-slip aluminium planks are presented as their only aids.
1. The top of a column, 1 foot in diameter, is horizontal to the pit opening and in the very centre of the pit. Two planks, length of 5 feet, are available.
2. The height of the column (in #1) is raised 2 feet above the pit opening. Just one 6 foot plank is available.
3. Only three planks are available and they are 8 feet long, there is no column!
[Bonus] Now it would seem that five planks of about 5 feet in length might also accomplish the task as at #3. How might those be arranged?
1. Jumping is disallowed and not necessary,
- for a metric reader's perspectivity multiply each foot by 30.5 cm,
- planks are a little longer than one might expect (but that would be necessary in a real situation), and
3. Disregard plank thickness as it has no bearing within the spirit of the exercise.
(4. In a "real world" situation the partner would only be required for #3, thus two contestants.)