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The Great Grasshopper Race

The Puzzler


TOM: Yeah. This was immediately apparent. This was a very easy puzzle.

RAY: Because the course is 12 feet, or 144 inches, the little guy, jumping six inches at a shot. Admittedly they're even at five feet, and they're even at 10 feet too. But when they get to 12 feet, trouble breaks out because the little guy happens to land right on the turnaround point.

TOM: Exactly.

RAY: With 24 jumps.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: After 14 jumps Throcky is at 140 inches, and his next jump brings him to ... and he has to make a 10-inch jump.

TOM: Yeah, he can't make little jumps.

RAY: So the little guy, as you suspected, wins the race.

TOM: Sure.

RAY: Do we have a winner? Good guys always finish last, hunh?

TOM: Yeah, we got a winner. The winner is Sue Spooner from Estes Park, Colorado.

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