Friday, August 11, 2006

You Are All Invited*

* Well, if you live in the Glasgow area and are at a loose end tonight. Me and my pal Clairwil are going out for a pint tonight. Come, share a drink (no, i'm not buying!!) and marvel at our wit, charm and otherworldy good looks. We'll be meeting at 7pm in Babbitty Bowsters, (Blackfriars Street, just off the High Street.) We had planned live video links to David Duff and Larry Teabag**. The former from his padded holiday home on the Isle of Wight, and the latter in his sprawling 'Schloss' in the Bavarian mountains, to provide us with contentious talking points and endless circular arguments for the evening. Alas, neither could be contacted at such late notice, so you'll just have to put up with increasingly drunken discussions about whatever random nonsense happens to crop up. On another topic altogether, I was the recipient of this rather fiendish and ever so slightly disturbing little logic puzzle at work the other day. The rules are............. You have a mother, a father, two daughters, two sons, what looks like a child convict and a policeman. They have to get across the stream on a raft. Only two people may ride on the raft at any one time and you need at least one 'adult' per trip to pilot the raft. None of the family can be in the company of the convict without the policeman present (lest they be attacked), even stranger, no male child can be left with the mother without the prescence of the father (and vice versa). Do you get the impression the person that came up with this game had some 'family issues'? It should take the sharper ones among you about five to ten minutes. It took me a bit longer, but then I was at work when I tried it and after a day of 'point, click, point, click' my brain is just about good enough to get me home without incident and no more. ** Alas no, not really..................(stares ruefully into space and imagines such a thing being possible)


Sandra said...

There in spirits.

Ladybristol said...

I must read your blog earlier in the evening, I may just be able to think straight then. Thats not saying I would solve your puzzle even if I could think :)

Rob7534 said...

LOVE the puzzle! Took me forever, but once I got the hang of it, the rules and whatnot, it was FUN!

I'm glad you posted the rules, cause it's not in English!

Trane DeVore said...

Sounds like a fun pub meet -- wish I could be there!

ill man said...

Cheers Sandra. No spirits consumed but plenty of beer and wine.

LB, I think being in the right frame of mind helps. I did it in minutes on friday while I was at home.

Rob, it's a devious little thing. It was the domestic violence vibe that astonished me.

Trane, great to see you again. I'll admit I haven't been over to Trout Factory Notebook in a while. Looks like I have a bit of catching up to do. That goes for everyone else. TFN is an absorbing and highly enjoyable blog. Put aside some time and dive in.