UF030 - Cookie Conundrum

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Cookie Conundrum
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Puzzle Number 030
Puzzle Name (US)Cookie Conundrum
(UK)Biscuit Baffler
Picarats Given 30 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Southern Street
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This is the thirtieth puzzle you will encounter in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. To access this puzzle, you must talk to Minnie. In order to solve this puzzle, you must determine the shortest amount of time that all of the cookies can be eaten in.

Contents

[edit] Hints

Hint One
    Visualizing exactly what the puzzle is describing as a scene in your mind might be all you need to figure this one out.

Hint Two
    Try and break the problem down into numbers. If one out of 15 cookies is eaten, that means 14 are left. If you divide those 14 in half and pass them to two people, they each get seven. That's taken one minute so far.

    If you think about the problem in concrete mathematical terms like this, you should be able to figure it out.

Hint Three
    The two people who get seven cookies each eat one cookie, which takes one minute. They both have six cookies left and divide those in half, then pass three cookies to two people each. That's two minutes so far.

Super Hint
    The people who receive three cookies each eat one of them, so they each have two remaining. That's three minutes elapsed to this point.

    If you divide these two cookies in half and pass one cookie to each of the next people in line, how many more minutes will it take to finish the cookies?


[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad!

Clear your mind, and think about it again.

[edit] When Completed

Correct!

The cookies will be gone in four minutes.

The diagram above shows how you can visualize the puzzle to help you solve it. This seems like the kind of thing that might be useful in real life, but it's not a situation that arises very often, is it?

[edit] Solution

The cookies will be eaten in four minutes.

[edit] Progress

780 Picarats and 105 Hint Coins.



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