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Re^2: Challenge: Egg Timer Puzzles

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
on May 03, 2006 at 12:33 UTC ( #547129=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Challenge: Egg Timer Puzzles
in thread Challenge: Egg Timer Puzzles

GrandFather is right on one account, you only have the specified number of timers in each amount. While you can re-use the same timer, you are restricted to whatever state it is in when you use it.

For instance, if you have the 7 minute timer in the root thread split at 6/1, you don't have another 7 minute timer available to use.

GrandFather's second argument is incorrect though. You do not need to run the timers continously once they have been started - they can be turned on their sides for later use. This doesn't matter at all when you only have 2 timers but it would make a difference with more timers.

This of course is just a fun puzzle so people can solve it either way. Your solution with an invalid assumption is fine too. That link you sent me last night is up again so I am checking it out as well as reading your solution.

Cheers - L~R

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