DB019 - The Train Ride

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The Train Ride
Puzzle Number 019
Puzzle Name (US)The Train Ride
(UK)The Train Journey
Picarats Given 20 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Car 3
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This is the nineteenth puzzle you will encounter in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. To access this puzzle, you must walk down past Car 3 and talk to Sammy Thunder. In order to solve this puzzle, you must determine the fewest number of people that boarded the train.


[edit] Hints

Hint One
    Since the puzzle tells you that no one got on the train during the ride, it's safe to say that the number of passengers on the train never increased.

Hint Two
    Since 1/6 of the passengers get off at the first station, you know the number must be divisible by six. Start by choosing a number that's divisible by six and see what happens.

    The principle by which this puzzle is solved should become evident soon.

Hint Three
    Imagine that 30 passengers are on the train when it embarks. At the first station, the train loses 1/6 of its passengers, meaning five people get off. At the next station, 1/5 of those remaining, or five people, get off. At the next station, 1/4 of those remaining, or five more people, get off.

    Do you notice a pattern here?

[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad!

Think hard about the information you've been given and try again. This puzzle comes together quite easily once you realize a certain simple principle.

[edit] When Completed

Good work!

If you assume the train started out with six passengers, then only one person would have to get off at each station. This puzzle can be really tough if you don't remember to reduce the number of people remaining on the train at each station along the way.

[edit] Solution


Six people were on the train.

[edit] Progress

385 Picarats and 33 Hint Coins.

Last edited by Squiggle on 2 December 2015 at 04:55
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