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A few days ago I set a caption competition.  I am delighted to say that the winner was Mark, with the caption ‘Goat to man: ‘Buy your own book”.  Mark please get in touch and I will send you a free signed copy of Rip It Up.  Talking of which, this wonderful book (I might be biased) has just come out in paperback.  Just saying.

OK, to the puzzle.  Please do NOT post your answer, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

A man buys 10 trees. Can he plant the 10 trees in 5 rows with 4 trees in each row?
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.

49 comments

    1. You can have my gold star…………..it shone for 5 seconds, One second for each point.

  1. Ah, my self-satisfied run of success with the Friday Puzzles has now ended 🙂 It would have taken me a fortnight to get this so I looked it up. And even though I now know the answer I *still* can’t make it work. Epic fail on my part.

    1. I can also make it work if we’re allowed to bend the rows. Surely that’s not allowed…

    2. Eddie: Thanks. Good. I’m happy to fail if I’ve understood the rules correctly. If it’s a trick (like bendy rows) then it’s less satisfying.

  2. I think I get a gold star too. Took about 10 mins of fiddling around with pen and paper until I realised how it needed to work. Did also get the seven-row version but I think that’s cheating as the rows aren’t separate.

  3. I’ve seen this before but I’ve got something to say about the semantics – though it will have to wait until Monday.

  4. I got a solution in about 30 seconds. The nub of this I think is the definition of a row. Maybe line would have been better. My solution is both satisfying and unsatisfying. Satisfying is that it’s neat and fulfils what was asked but unsatisfying in that I wouldn’t call the lines I used rows.

    1. Sorry. Anonymous was me. The nub of this I think is the definition of a row. Maybe line would have been better. My solution is both satisfying and unsatisfying. Satisfying is that it’s neat and fulfils what was asked but unsatisfying in that I wouldn’t call the lines I used rows.

  5. Don’t know if I’m getting better at this or just got lucky this week, but I figured it out in about 1 min. Either way, I feel like a superstar lol.

  6. Solved it before finishing the paragraph.
    But I was cheating…I use this as an example of thinking about problems in my electronics class.

  7. Wow, first time the answer has appeared to me in a flash! Got it in 1 second! No idea where it came from, it just appeared in my head. 😀

  8. liked this one, it took me a good minute and a half, only about 10 seconds though when I properly started to think rather than just randomly putting trees down in my imagination, second time in a row for that, need to start thinking rather than just going for pot luck

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