Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Japanese IQ Solution

This won't make much sense at the moment. It's an answer to an online IQ test/puzzle thing my mum sent me. I'll post the quiz up later, and link back to this solution...

P = policeman
T = thief
D = dad
M = mother
B = boy
G = girl

> = to
OS = other side (destination)
BS = back to start

1 P + T > OS
2 P > BS
3 P + B > OS
4 P + T > BS
5 D + B > OS
6 D > BS
7 D + M > OS
8 M > BS
9 P + T > OS
10 D > BS
11 D + M > OS
12 M > BS
13 M + G > OS
14 P + T > BS
15 P + G > OS
16 P > BS
17 P + T > OS


At 5:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

At 4:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! It was starting to drive me mad!

At 7:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks u saved our pride!

At 3:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll never know if this is correct..

At 5:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 3:35 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It definitely works and for the moron who said you'll never know, you'll try it retard.

At 11:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thx, you just saved me an hour of my life, now i can take a nap ore go for a walk insted of staring at tha screen, thank you so much

At 2:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The test I am looking at has 2 boys and 2 girls as well as the mom, dad, policeman and thief. can you figure that one out? it is at the following URL

At 10:52 pm, Blogger Ben said...

To the latest anonymous poster - while that's not the link I gave, it is the same puzzle. There are two boys and two girls, although I don't differentiate them in the solution because it doesn't matter which is which.

At 10:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a bit tough, but it clicks all of a sudden

At 3:10 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

You posted the wrong answers. I tried. I had to figure it out on my own during the middle. The police man goes with daughter and the criminal comes back with the police man last because the criminal is allowed alone. My friend says it hurts his brain. It isn't correct is what I'm tryin to say.

Best Regards,

At 4:49 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Lauren, it is right, so I'm not sure you followed correctly. The policeman does go with one of the daughters (move 15) and the thief last (17).

At 4:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ty very very much! was going insane! ;p but of corse ill have to say i solved it my self.

Jks! TY!

At 10:35 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey! help! I think that something wrong is happening between step 13 and 14, because, you have the parents, two boys and a girl in the other side, but how can you go back to pick up the other girl?

heeeelp! :P

At 10:46 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Yes, at step 13 you have both parents on the other side. But then step 14 is the policeman goes back (with the thief) to pick up the remaining girl. Where's the problem?

At 10:49 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

The problem is that in step 13 you have the mom and girl in the other side and you can´t take the boat to start because it can´t travel alone and you can´t leave the kids and that stuff

At 11:12 pm, Blogger Ben said...

The boat doesn't have to travel back alone. Both parents remain on the far side (with the two boys and one girl) and the *policeman* takes the boat back for the remaining girl.

At 2:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks. it worked and kept me from going mad!

At 5:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank U from NYC, it works.

At 8:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! You have no idea how long this has been bothering me. I've been tearing my hair out trying to find the solution. Now I can finally forget about the damn thing.

At 4:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the directions do work. Now I'm trying to figure out how I should have worked this out... it seems like the key was to think about moving the raft, not moving the people. But I don't know if I would've really solved it then...

At 3:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened on this site and thought I would post a step by step for everyone:

1) police and thief
2) police back over
3) police and boy
4) police and thief back over
5) Dad and boy over
5) Dad back over
6) Mom and dad over
7) Mom back over
8) Police and thief over
9) Dad back over
10) Mom and Dad over
11) Mom back over
12) Mom and daughter over
13) Police and theif back over
14) Police and daughter over
15) Police back over
16) Police and thief over


At 9:44 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Thanks Ken, although (on a casual glance) that the same solution as I gave.

At 10:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't follow those steps exactly then try watching it happen:

At 3:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8:11 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, thank you

At 10:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya that game was starting to hurt my brain! Thanks!

At 8:46 am, Anonymous Budha said...

I gotta memorise this before my mum gets home cos she put me up to this.

At 9:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have never gotten that alone! <3

At 1:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:46 am, Anonymous shikha said...

great job..

At 2:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is a Japanese IQ test, whichever Japanese can figure it out must be SO smart, since the instructions are not actually in Japanese.

In any case, thanks for the solution.

At 5:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it definitely took longer to solve than the "average" 15 minutes it says in the puzzle. That's why I said "screw it" and googled the answer!

At 2:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wooo 5 hours later :) so glad i googled this!

At 8:23 pm, Anonymous Brittany Smith said...

Great! Now everyone at work will think I'm so smart!!!!

At 12:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Took me 17 minutes the first time.... I couldn't do it again the second time lol? So i found this site. Thanks budd

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