Hello all
A friend of mine asked me if i could solved a question he was ask at an interview.
you have a 12 by 9 square and two carpets, one 10 by 10 and the other 1 by 8
you must fill the square with the two carpets but you many only cut one carpet once, however you can cut it anyway you please.
While I agree that is an answer, I must disagree that this should have been the expected answer. How many of us would think of a single cut consisting containing two right angles?
Don’t you agree, at least, the problem should have said that the cuts need not be linear?
Well, the whole point is to see who can think outside the square
I think "you can cut it anyway you please." is a fair tip off .....
What should the expected answer be .....?
Personally, to buy thinking time I'd counter with this question to the interview panel:
You have ten 12 by 9 squares and two carpets, one 10 by 10 and the other 1 by 8.
You must fill all ten squares with the two carpets, making as many cuts as you want in any way you please.
Best case scenario I figure I'll be 1-0 up by the end. Worst case I figure it'll be a 0-0 draw.
Hello, bobak!
This is a classic (very old) puzzle,
. . and its solution is elusive.
You have a 12 x 9 floor and two carpets, one 10 x 10 and the other 1 x 8.
You must fill the floor with the two carpets but you may only cut one carpet once.
However you can cut it anyway you please.Code:*---------------------------------------* | | | *-------* *---* | A | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | | *-----------------------* | | C | | | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | | *-------* | | | | | | | | *-------* B | *---* | | *---------------------------------------*
Code:*---------------------------------------*-------* | | | | *-------* | | A | | | *-------* | | | | | *-------* | | | | | *-------*-----------------------* | | | C | | | *-----------------------*-------* | | | | | *-------* | | | | | *-------* | | | | | *-------* B | | | | *-------*---------------------------------------*