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Cans in a cooler (Posted on 2013-02-11) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Lay 14 identical soda cans (lettered A-N)in a rectangular cooler with the following specifications:

The cooler is more than wide enough to lay down 4 cans but not wide enough for 5. Cans A, B, C, D lie next to each other to form the first layer with A and D against the corners. B and C are free to move a bit.

The next layer is E in the groove between A and B, F in the groove between B and C, G in the groove between C and D.

The next layer is H along the side of the cooler above E, I and J in the next two grooves, K along the other side above G.

The final layer L, M, N along the grooves of the previous layer.

Prove: no matter where B and C are at the bottom, the cans L, M, N are equally spaced and in a straight line.

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You can make the link active using the righthand button of the edit window.

HTML can be applied (advisedly) by checking the View Source box.
(I could have supplied a JVG pic - but it's a bit late now).

  Posted by brianjn on 2013-02-14 02:57:15

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