MM058 - Sorting Blocks

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Sorting Blocks
Puzzle Number 058
Puzzle Name Sorting Blocks
Picarats Given 30 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Market Street
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This is the fifty-eighth puzzle you'll encounter in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. To access this puzzle, you must talk to Lionel. In order to solve this puzzle, you must figure out the minimum number of blocks that can be lifted to find a light block.


[edit] Hints

Hint One
    This puzzle doesn't require any tricky calculations, but that's not to say there isn't a trick to it.

    Consider which of the conditions in the puzzle are concrete and which are vague.

Hint Two
    From the puzzle description, you know for sure there are 10 blocks, some of which are heavy, some light.

    If that's the case, what's the maximum number of light blocks there could be, and what's the minimum number?

    Thinking about the maximum and minimum should lead you to the solution.

Hint Three
    There is at least one light block here. If we assume there's only one, then in the worst-case scenario, you would have to lift nine blocks before you could work out which was the light one.

    But what if there were nine light blocks?

Super Hint
    If you were to lift nine blocks and find them all the same weight, you wouldn't know if they were the lighter or heavier blocks. So how many blocks would you have to lift to find out if those first nine were light or heavy?

[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad.

Think carefully and make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

[edit] When Completed

That's right!

Whether there are nine light blocks or just one, he still needs to lift all 10 blocks.

[edit] Solution

10 blocks can be lifted.

[edit] Progress

1905 Picarats and 145 Hint Coins.

Last edited by Squiggle on 23 August 2015 at 05:03
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