I'm being driven crazy...

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  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    My entire class is crazy...it happened to me this morning, when I saw the attached symbol on my first period board. It said that whomever can draw it without picking up your pen or retracing over a line first gets $5. (Later on, I found out that the source of the puzzle is my eccentric theology teacher from last tri, who's giving $10 to the winner, but one of her current students is trying to shortchange my first period class, if that makes sense.)

    It's driving me crazy. Sometimes I think I solved it, but then I forgot how I did it about three seconds later. :mad: I thought you could be driven crazy, too.

    If you solve it, don't tell me because this faith teacher would instill guilt in me if I used help from someone else.

    EDIT: Oops, I didn't even draw it right on my computer! Here it is:
     

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  2. David G. macrumors 65816

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    Oh my God that's so easy. Figured it out on my first try.
     
  3. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Try again. I forgot to add the X inside the square.
     
  4. David G. macrumors 65816

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  5. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Solved in 2 seconds
    really easy once you stepback.
     
  6. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Did you follow all the rules?
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    The trick seems to be to start from the center and finish 3 of the 4 "x" legs, and then finish the last leg for your final move.
     
  8. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Your technique sounds as if you're retracing.
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Well to make your life easier and to stop driving you crazy the answer is it is impossible. You have more 4 nods that have 5 lines coming into them. For it to be possible you caan only have 2 nods that have an odd number of lines coming into them.

    The 4 nods I am talking about are the 4 corners of the square. The reason your teacher is offering 5 bucks is he knows no one will get the answer and he is going to get a few good laughs out of it.

    I do hope me blowing the cover on it wide open will end you and a bunch of other people going crazy.
     
  10. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    No, not really, but it doesn't pan out. I have a feeling the poster above me is correct.
     
  11. David G. macrumors 65816

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    I researched this and agree with the poster that's 2 above me, it's impossible.
     
  12. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Rodimus Prime is correct.

    This puzzle can't be solved without picking your pen up from the paper or retracing a line.
     
  13. yg17 macrumors G5

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    It can be solved if you're ambidextrous and use 2 pens at the same time. You won't have to retrace or lift the pen. There you go, problem solved :D
     
  14. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is pretty typical of her. She's actually offering $10, but one of her students wrote it on the board in another classroom offering to split it with whomever can solve it. This is one of her lessons to show how far people will go for money. She's rather resilient.

    Oh, and I feel a little stupid for asking, but I couldn't find any information pertaining to this: what is a nod? I feel as though I should be able to explain why it's impossible when I confront her tomorrow.
     
  15. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I followed the rules I saw.
    trick it to start one side do centre, do three sides, then circle then last side. no retracing. no picking up pen.
     
  16. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Perhaps you ought to offer her a puzzle of your own.

    Place six dots in rows of 3 like so:

    * * *

    * * *

    and tell her to connect the dots on the top row with the dots on the bottom row (dot 1 in the top row to dots 1, 2, and 3 on the bottom row) without intersecting lines.

    Although knowing her, she's already seen this one.
     
  17. Marble macrumors 6502a

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    Had the same challenge in high school. I believe it is possible if you get a little creative. I've seen it "done" using the hint below in white.




    Try folding the paper.
     
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Well naturally that isn't allowed as it would break the spirit of the game.

    But, if this was a creative thinking exercise, that would be a great idea! :)
     
  19. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    duh its a creative thinking exercise.
    had one similar to this forgot what it was but the answer was retarded (or i was retarded for not thinking of it)
     
  20. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't understand how folding the paper does anything... :confused:
     
  21. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Not really. It's an exercise in problem solving with specific rules and parameters in place (much like a Sudoku puzzle except more spatially based).

    Other puzzles test your ability to think about things outside the box which are more traditionally referred to as 'creative thinking' exercises.
     
  22. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    ok ok you got me.
    this is more a riddle but still outside the box.
    how can you make 30 cents in change when the first one is not a nickel
     
  23. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    That's the oldest one in the book.

    Get a quarter and a nickel. :rolleyes:
    :p
     
  24. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    ya the second one is a nickel.

    ha what runs around a field but never moves :rolleyes:
     
  25. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    A fence?
     

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