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#1 2015-03-11 02:26:11

auyeungyat
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Registered: 2013-09-23
Posts: 22

The Burning Island

http://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/burning-island-solution.html

Can't the man do this?

S=Settles,X=Existing Fire,-=Trail,T=Tree,N=New Fire
N
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So the man will survive the fire as
S=Settles,X=Existing Fire,-=Trail,T=Tree,N=New Fire,W=Wasteland
N
|
(Assuming it is blowing a east wind)
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And it will go out.
S=Settles,X=Existing Fire,-=Trail,T=Tree,N=New Fire,W=Wasteland
N
|
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#2 2015-03-11 19:47:12

bob bundy
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Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 8,137

Re: The Burning Island

hi auyeungyat

When you start the fire in the middle why does it spread westward against the wind direction?  This puzzle has come up before and I gave an alternative solution in post 6 of

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=20864

Bob


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#3 2015-04-30 05:56:46

brimw
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Registered: 2015-04-30
Posts: 1

Re: The Burning Island

If you read it twice you should pick up on that the fire killed the man in the process. HE IS DEAD. He cannot do anything to survive, because he didn't survive in the first place.

-Bri

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