CV021 - Pill Prescription

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Pill Prescription
Puzzle Number 021
Puzzle Name Pill Prescription
Picarats Given 30 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Park Road
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This is the twenty-first puzzle that appears in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. To access this puzzle, you must talk to Pauly. In order to solve this puzzle, you must determine the minimum number of pills that must be numbered to keep track of the order they must be taken.


[edit] Hints

Hint One
    If the man wants to indicate the order in which he needs to take his pills, he just needs to write a number on each of the 10 pills. While that's true, the bare minimum of numbers he needs to write is fewer than 10. Think about how he can accomplish this.

Hint Two
    When you have two visually identical items, you only need to mark one of them. Therefore, you don't need to mark each pill to tell them apart.

Hint Three
    Keep in mind that the man must start taking his pills today. In fact, he's going to start by taking the pill right in front of him.

    If that's the case, does he really need to mark which pill he's going to take today?

[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad!

What conditions will allow you to get away with labeling fewer than all 10 pills?

[edit] When Completed

Good job!

Since the man has to start taking his medicine today, the first thing he should do is take today's pill. Next, he should label the pills for days two through nine. If he does this, he shouldn't have to label the pill for the last day; it will be the only one without a label.

He only needs to label eight pills.

[edit] Solution


The man must only label eight pills.

[edit] Progress

680 Picarats and 46 Hint Coins.

Last edited by Squiggle on 22 December 2015 at 20:28
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