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 The general's journey (Posted on 2002-05-29)
A French foreign legion general must make a trip across the deserts of Tunis to a remote outpost. He must travel on foot from the nearest town, and the distance is such that it will take a person six days to cover it.

The problem is that a person on foot can only carry enough water and provisions to last him four days. The general can take with him any number of assistants to help him carry the supplies, but they must be fed as well, and cannot be left stranded in the desert.

How will the general make it across, and how many assistants will he need to help him? (Find the smallest number.)

 See The Solution Submitted by levik Rating: 4.4000 (10 votes)

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 Subject Author Date solution salil 2006-02-25 12:35:38 Lowly Soldier Bruce Brantley 2004-10-24 22:31:00 re: Solution vije 2004-07-02 14:44:10 easy way out vije 2004-07-02 14:42:56 Solution Andrwe Mitchell 2003-07-26 09:36:55 solution i think Jonathan Waltz 2003-04-01 05:40:55 assistants/days jason lang 2002-12-25 20:50:06 re: no assistants TomM 2002-11-15 12:03:43 no assistants Cory Taylor 2002-11-15 09:51:29 No Subject paul kim 2002-09-01 03:52:45 re: re: More efficient answer thebandchick 2002-06-08 13:16:36 re: More efficient answer TomM 2002-05-30 15:52:20 More efficient answer Zach Bolinger 2002-05-30 14:05:27 Walkabout TomM 2002-05-30 11:49:47
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