How can you cross a valley depending on a rope thrown in a valley? I can't get it.
ex)You are walking in a rain forest when you come across a deep narrow valley. The valley is 10 meters deep, and 20 meters wide, and several kilometers long. You have a 10-meter ladder, a pair of scissors, a box of matches, a candle, an endless supply of rope and several rocks...But the puzzle states that you have an "endlesss supply of rope.", so you only have to dump the rope into the valley until it is filled up and you walk comfortably across...
It's a smart-alec answer. The puzzle is supposed to mean you have, say, hundreds of feet of rope. The person who answered this way is assuming you have so much rope that you could throw it in the valley and it would make a pile that was 10 meters high for all 20 meters across, so you could walk across the pile of rope. It's a joke answer.
Seems to me you climb down the ladder to the floor of the little valley, carry the ladder the 20 meters, and then climb the ladder up the other side. Is that too obvious?
Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Oct-2012 at 09:29.
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