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PUZZLE OF THE MONTH

June 2022

 

5 Islands

There are 5 Islands in a row. Parker the Paranoid Pirate has a ton of gold hidden on one of them.

During the day you have enough time to sail to just one island to find the gold.

But every night Parker moves all that gold exactly one island over (so if it was on island 4 it gets moved to either island 3 or 5)

What strategy can you use to have the best chance of finding the gold?

Is it possible to be sure of finding the gold?

(Try this puzzle with a friend, one of you can be Parker)

Pierce, Rod. (4 Aug 2021). "5 Islands Puzzle". Math Is Fun. Retrieved 3 Mar 2022 from http://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/5-islands.html

Check your answer against the solution here!

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