Over the weekend The Observer carried the first article about Rip It Up. It reveals what the book is all about – Forget positive thinking. It’s time for positive action. You can read the article here.
So, on Friday I set this puzzle…..
A man is stranded on an island covered in woodland and surrounded by cliffs. One day disaster strikes and a fire starts on the west end of the island. The wind is blowing from the west and soon the whole island will be burned, killing everything in its path. The man cannot put out the fire, so how does he survive it?
If you have not tried to solve it, have a go now. For everyone else the answer is after the break.
He takes a piece of wood and lights it on the fire. He then returns to a point a few metres in from the east end of the island and starts a fire there. This new fire will burn across right to the east coast and the man can take shelter in the area it burns out. Simple as that!
Did you solve it? Any other solutions?
I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.