Thursday, 18 October 2012

Shepherd's Dilemma

A shepherd has a piece of land upon which he builds his house right in the middle. He then divides the land  into EIGHT square enclosures using strong wooden fences.

In each enclosure he puts FIVE sheep to graze happily. Making FORTY sheep in all.

His house, right in the middle of the field, has a window on each side. Every time the shepherd looks out of the window he can see THREE enclosures and FIFTEEN sheep.

And this makes him happy to see fifteen sheep every time he looks from a different window.

One day a friend gives him another sheep as a birthday present.

He now has FORTY ONE sheep ... but Oh the sadness it brings.

The shepherd still wants to count FIFTEEN sheep each time he looks out of a window. Where can he possibly put the new sheep?

He CANNOT put him in the middle where his house is. His wife does not allow sheep in the home.

He CANNOT move any of the fences or change the shape of the enclosures. This costs too much.

He CANNOT kill and eat the new sheep, or sell it, or get rid of it or any other sheep.

He will still have FORTY ONE sheep grazing happily in EIGHT enclosures. And he will still be able to look out of a window on each side of the house and see THREE enclosures containing a total of FIFTEEN sheep on each side of his house

Can you help him divide his FORTY ONE sheep into EIGHT enclosures and still satisfy his wish to see FIFTEEN sheep from each side of his house?

Please leave your reply in the comments box.

Solution will be published here shortly.

14 comments:

  1. I love your site with the combination of a spirit of joy and humour, as well as the moments of deep wisdom. You are like an oasis in the desert. Thank-you for the free reads online; I am not able to buy
    love and prayers
    melanie

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  2. Thank you Melanie for your kindness and for taking the trouble to visit me and write in.

    I'm so glad you enjoy reading what I write. It makes it all worth while for me. I hope you enjoy my FREE E-Books which can be downloaded from the top left button or from the right of this post.

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  3. Counting sheep keeps me awake at night. It can be done Sarah. 41 sheep. 8 enclosures. And you can see 15 sheep from every window in the center (North East South West). I'll be publishing the answer here soon.

    It took me ages to get the answer; (I was told by someone cleverer than I).

    God bless.

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  4. I have no clue. Can't wait to find out though!

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  5. Hi Colleen. It's worth trying by drawing the diagram and then using 41 buttons or coins and placing them in the 8 squares surrounding the house. The middle square where the house is should have no sheep in it.

    God bless.

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  6. Of course the middle square shouldn't have any sheep - that's where you put your nose silly! You know...like those optical illusion puzzles. It works too. Place your nose against the x and see for yourself :)

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  7. I never thought of it that way, Mary. Put your nose on the X and all the sheep vanish.

    God bless.

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  8. I knew I could get you to put your nose on the computer ;)

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  9. You win again, Mary. I did put my nose on the X; everything got blurred then.

    God bless.

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  10. I did it! I solved this riddle. ANd not by putting my nose to the X either;) Do you really want me to put the solution here?

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  11. Yes please Uglemor. Please give us your solution.

    God bless you.

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  12. Well done Uglemor. Brilliant.

    God bless you.

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