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The general's journey (Posted on 2002-05-29) Difficulty: 3 of 5
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
solutionsalil2006-02-25 12:35:38
Lowly SoldierBruce Brantley2004-10-24 22:31:00
re: Solutionvije2004-07-02 14:44:10
easy way outvije2004-07-02 14:42:56
SolutionSolutionAndrwe Mitchell2003-07-26 09:36:55
solution i thinkJonathan Waltz2003-04-01 05:40:55
Solutionassistants/daysjason lang2002-12-25 20:50:06
re: no assistantsTomM2002-11-15 12:03:43
no assistantsCory Taylor2002-11-15 09:51:29
No Subjectpaul kim2002-09-01 03:52:45
re: re: More efficient answerthebandchick2002-06-08 13:16:36
re: More efficient answerTomM2002-05-30 15:52:20
More efficient answerZach Bolinger2002-05-30 14:05:27
SolutionWalkaboutTomM2002-05-30 11:49:47
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