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11-13-2005 03:46 AM  12 years agoPost 1
bodomwarrior

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You are right next to a river and have a 5 gallon container and a 3 gallon container. You need to measure out 4 gallons of water. How do you do it?

PM me if you think you have it or if you need the answer!
have fun

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11-13-2005 03:54 AM  12 years agoPost 2
cudaboy_71

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pm sent for clarification. do we need to measure 4 gallons into one of the two containers, or just measure 4 gallons (e.g. pouring 4 gallons onto the ground)?

note: theyre both possible...but, its two different solutions.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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11-13-2005 03:54 AM  12 years agoPost 3
gamedemon3000

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no problem, easy one

Derek O'B

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11-13-2005 03:57 AM  12 years agoPost 4
bodomwarrior

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the riddle is complete and not missing any detail just keep thinking and youll get it

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11-13-2005 04:02 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Bato

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Extremely simple!!!!!!

1.- Fill up the 5 gal bottle.
2.- With the 5 gal bottle, fill up the 3 gal bottle and keep the remaining 2 gals on the 5 gal bottle.
3.- Dump the contents of the 3 gal bottle-
4.- Pour the remaining 2 gals in the 3 gal bottle.
5.- Fill up again the 5 gal bottle.
6.- With the 5 gal bottle fill up the 3 gal bottle

There you go.... You will have 4 gallons remaining in the 5 gal bottle

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11-13-2005 04:03 AM  12 years ago •• Post 6 ••
cudaboy_71

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i had it both ways. but your pm to me clarified which method to use.

there really wasnt anything for me to think about. but, i still think the riddle should clarify whether or not the 4 gallons needs its own vessel at the end or not...unless you think skipping that fact makes it a trick question or something....so i wont ruin it for you.

[edit] ohwell...bato already ruined it

if it ain't broke, break it.

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11-13-2005 04:06 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Bato

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Sorry cuda... it wasn't my intention.

As you clearly say... It wasn't broke .... Therefore I broke it

Sorry again

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11-13-2005 04:10 AM  12 years agoPost 8
cudaboy_71

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well, since the cat is out of the bag, let me explain what i was asking.

if the 4 gallons needed its own vessel, then the solution is bato's.

however, if you simply wanted to measure 4 gallons you could do the following (which is different)

1) fill up the 5 gallon bucket

2) pour 3 gallons of that into the 3 gallon bucket

3) empty the 5 gallon bucket onto the ground (2 gallons)

4) repeat steps 1-3....now you've dumped 4 gallons onto the ground.

that's why i wanted to know....two possible solutions to answer the original question.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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11-13-2005 04:23 AM  12 years agoPost 9
bodomwarrior

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both solutions work but the first one where the 4 gallons is left in the 5 gallon container is the one i was looking for.

You fill up the 3 gallon container and pour the 3 gallons into the 5 gallon container. You fill the 3 gallon container back up, and pour it into the 5 gallon container. You empty the 5 gallon container and pour the 1 gallon left in the 3 gallon container into the five gallon container. Then you fill the 3 gallon container back up and pour it into the 5 gallon container and you have 4 gallons.

congrats to those who got it.

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01-18-2006 10:11 PM  12 years agoPost 10
gavoss

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This riddle was used in one of the Die Hard movies.

Mr. Hunt, This is Mission Impossible.
Difficult should be a walk in the park.

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01-19-2006 05:42 PM  12 years agoPost 11
Tailspinner

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Oh hell, just turn around and walk to the 7eleven right behind you. Pay your money for 4 gallon bottles of Poland Spring and be done with it already.

Are you on the list?

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01-20-2006 10:03 PM  12 years agoPost 12
whirleebird

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why not just fill both up 1/2 full
3 gal = 1.5
5 gal = 2.5
then add the 1.5 to the 2.5 =which makes up 4 gals

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01-21-2006 12:15 AM  12 years agoPost 13
DANNO

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well good idea but youd be estimating when your container is half full....if your going to be estimating why not just fill the 5 gallon container 4/5ths full?

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