Supper Hard Riddle

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    This is something someone showed me 3 years ago, i solved it a year ago, and decided if anyone here can solve it. IT IS HARD. it took me two years.
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    (i will submit a better pic soon)

    Ok here is the rules you must draw the shape above, while following the conditions listed below
    You may use only one writing insturement
    You may not alter anyline you have drawn
    You may not draw over lines
    You may not lift up your writing instruement
    You may not alter your drawing space (ie, folding or cutting paper)


    Also inorder to prove you completed the task, u must submit a "comic strip" of each step
     
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    I've been trying to beat this one for the past 16 years. I suspect that I may have been told the rules wrong... :eek:
     
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    Abulia

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    "Supper hard?" What, we can only do this just before dinner? :)
     
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    Lol, i have the answer, and i bet u can't, i have not descided whether or not i willpost the answer
     
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    Umm according to Euler (the guy who game up with e^ir=cos(r)-isin(r) ) any graph with more than two odd path nodes cannot be completed in an Euler walk, which is what I believe you are describing. Since your graph has 4 odd nodes, it is not possible.

    EDIT: It is super hard, as in impossible without changing the rules.
     
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    Jaffa Cake

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    16, I repeat, 16 bloody years. You have to... :mad:

    I should point out (before anyone starts worrying about my sanity) I've not been trying for 16 years solid. I was shown the puzzle in my early teens and couldn't crack it then – but I remember it every six months or so, and have another stab. Mind, the version of the puzzle I was shown had curved bits instead of the pointy bits – I can't help but think the answer lies in those...
     
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    Gasu E.

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    It means only people with food-related nicknames are allowed to try this.
     
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    there is a logical answer, however, i will give u a hint, the number of lines u see is not the number of lines. how man lines are there?
     
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    Then I await for you to bless us with your genius (and hopefully some proper English, too).
     
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    So is it possible or not? I dont want to spend 16 years on something if its not.:)
     
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    It is not possible. Is simple to imagine, if you imagine a node with an odd number of lines coming out of it, then you have to return more than you can leave. Which means only diagrams like this with EXACTLY 2 odd nodes will one, such that you start on one, and end on the other.
     
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    it is possible, and dont make fun of my grammer, imgot a 5.5 on my FCAT, its just i dorrnt profread when i type,,,now if anyone plays diablo II i may trade the answer for items in the gaame, or i my give hints, also my clue is very in sightfull.

    but there is an even number, learn to count,

    i will be in the Aim Chat room: TheRiddle
     
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    Erm, the point is that if there are MORE than two odd nodes, it's impossible to walk it as you've asked. Your drawing has FOUR nodes with 5 lines exiting each of them.

    Obviously.
     
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    Hmm, one of us can't count....and i don't think it is me.....
     
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    Gasu E.

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    It doesn't seem possible without a cheat. There are four nodes that have 5 connected lines (and one node with 4 lines). For each node, every time you take a path "into" the node, there must be a path "out" of the node. The only exceptions are the starting and ending node, which can each have an extra path. Therefore there can only be two nodes with an odd number of lines connected.

    If that's the case, don't bother trying to solve the puzzle using the obvious rules-- look for a loophole.

    ****
    Apparently other people caught onto this before I posted. :)
     
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    True, it is a loophole....lol that is VERY good wording
     
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    Gasu E.

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    12
     
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    wrong!
    I feel lonely in this Aim Chat: TheRiddle
    wont anyone come>
     
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    Gasu E.

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    Why not; you can't type! Lol
     
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    Yes it is, it is my explanation but glossed up for SOMEONE who is very rude and doesn't act like he is older than 6.
     
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    i feel compelled to tell u that the middle lines can't cross over each other as that will be violating the commandmentss.......
    So let me tell u that the shape musty be ddrawn with out going over anylines
    That will point u in thhe right direction
     
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    Jaffa Cake

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    I'm thinking 16.

    But then I'm the last person you need to be listening to on this one. ;)
     
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    i like that, umm no, i am just to lazy to correct my self. I have to leave my computer, However i will be back at 9pm to check the thread, my final hint is
    ><
     
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    Congrads u have ascceneded to the second relization, however your number is still WRONG!
     
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    Gasu E.

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    Because your problem is boring.

    If it's not 12 lines you are playing with words. And then, who cares?
     
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