Bobby Braingle has a bit of a dilemma on his hands. He has accidentally locked his puzzle collection in a combination safe. Being rather dim and absent-minded, he has gone and forgotten the combination.
This safe uses letters instead of numbers. The six letters used in the combination are Z, Y, X, W, V, F. No letter is repeated. Here are three incorrect guesses
Bobby has already made:
X Y Z W F V
Z V W X Y F
V W F Z X Y
In the first guess, only one letter is in its correct place
In the second guess, only two letters are in their correct places.
In the third guess, only three letters are in their correct places.
Each of the six letters is in its correct place once.
What is the correct combination needed to rescue the puzzle collection?
The combination was either VYWZXF or ZVFWXY. He only needs to try these two in order to rescue his puzzle collection. Solving this puzzle requires a method of trial and error. Start with the first combination and assume that one of the letters is in the correct position. Assuming the Y is correct, we know that the V in guess 2 is in the wrong position so it must be in the correct position in guess 3. Likewise W in guess 3 is wrong, so its position in guess 2 must be correct. If a W's position in guess 2 is correct, then F in guess 3 must be incorrect, which means its position in guess 2 is correct. Continue this logic until you arrive at the answer. (If your first assumption was incorrect, you would arrive at an impossible situation and have to start over.
It's like that game Mastermind, where someone makes a sequence with four colored balls and you have to guess what it is. I got lucky and found the first correct answer pretty quickly, but I didn't think to check if there was a second solution.
I love that game and thought the same as I tried to figure it out. But for some reason, I had a hard time applying the deductive reasoning principles to this puzzle without the colored pegs.
I know what you mean! For me, the letters at the end of the alphabet are hard to keep straight. I think better with colors, or when the letters are ABCDEF.
by Jason Menayan 8 years ago
Hey all,Time for the Daily Puzzle! You've got one chance, so read the clue carefully and make your guess count!To boil a mashed or crushed herb or vegetable to express its flavor components into the liquor.mrpopo has guessed this correctly. The answer is: decoct
by TinaAtHome 6 years ago
What is your favorite game for the DS or DSi?
by Jason Menayan 8 years ago
Specifically, what is this food?3 guesses per person.
by greeneyesH1982 8 years ago
first movie line to guess what movie it is from is......."how can anyone love a pebble in their shoe?"
by Inspirepub 10 years ago
I heard that it was possible to get on the first page of Google organic search with a Hub page, and I was skeptical, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try.Made my first Hub page yesterday, and today it has been indexed and comes up on the first page of Google results for "Business Ideas For...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|