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7th Feb '17 1:53:04 AM C105
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* The puzzle appears in J.H. Brennan's (author of the Literature/GrailQuest books) ''Dracula's Castle'', where you have to travel with a cat, a dog, and a mouse in a lift. However the twist is that the cat can't bear to take the lift more than twice, meaning the correct answer is that there is no solution to the puzzle.
7th Nov '16 8:00:49 PM dsneybuf
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The Question: How can all four men cross the bridge within 17 minutes?\\
The Answer: [[spoiler:Men 1 and 2 cross, 1 (or 2) returns, 3 and 4 cross, 2 (or 1) returns, 1 and 2 cross.]]

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The Question: How can all four men cross the bridge within 17 minutes?\\
The Answer: [[spoiler:Men
minutes?[[labelnote:The Answer]]Men 1 and 2 cross, 1 (or 2) returns, 3 and 4 cross, 2 (or 1) returns, 1 and 2 cross.]]
[[/labelnote]]
18th Oct '16 11:14:45 AM luiz4200
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*** While Homer is getting Maggie across the river, Santa's Little Helper just swims his way until Homer berates him for not paying attention to the puzzle.
25th Sep '16 10:23:56 PM dotchan
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May also appear with different animals and vegetables, such as wolves, sheep and cabbages. A "jealous husbands" variant has three couples trying to cross a river with a two-person rowboat, but none of the men will allow his wife to be alone with either of the other men on either side of the river. This one can be solved in eleven steps.

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May also appear with different animals and vegetables, such as wolves, sheep and cabbages. A "jealous husbands" (also known as cannibals and missionaries) variant has three couples trying to cross a river with a two-person rowboat, but none of the men will allow his wife to be alone with either of the other men on either side of the river.river (or, cannibals cannot outnumber missionaries, lest the latter attacked and eaten). This one can be solved in eleven steps.



There's yet '''another''' variant called "Missionaries and Cannibals" where the poor missionaries get eaten if the number of cannibals are greater than theirs.
19th Sep '16 8:15:12 PM PaulA
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* The Creator/PiersAnthony novel ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality With a Tangled Skein]]'' has this near the ending, with the Missionaries/cannibals variant. The complication is that there are three women and three demons, and if the demons outnumber the women at any point, [[{{Squick}} the women will be raped]].

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* The Creator/PiersAnthony novel ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality With a Tangled Skein]]'' ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'' has this near the ending, with the Missionaries/cannibals variant. The complication is that there are three women and three demons, and if the demons outnumber the women at any point, [[{{Squick}} the women will be raped]].
23rd Jul '16 8:54:53 AM Stealth
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* [[http://ottercomics.taur.net/cramps/archive/index.php?puzzle=31 This webcomic]] throws a wrench into the classic riddle by allowing the wolf to eat the fruit in this case. [[spoiler: It also throws a second curve ball by replacing the chicken with a duck for this riddle, and it turns out that there's nothing that says you can't use the ''rope'' depicted in the boat to tow the duck behind the boat. The riddle is then solved in just three moves--take one item across, return, take the other item across, all while towing the duck with the rope, [[CaptainObvious since the duck can float]].]]
8th Jul '16 11:48:21 AM MissConduct
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** Showed up in the 20th season episode "Gone Maggie Gone". Homer is trying to get across a river with Maggie, Santa's Little Helper (who is trying to tear up Maggie's doll), and a jar of candy-coated rat poison. Then this trope is {{subverted}} when Homer brings Maggie first and she just crawls off, setting off the plot for the rest of the episode.

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** Showed up in the 20th season episode "Gone Maggie Gone". Homer is trying to get across a river with Maggie, Maggie[[note]]chicken[[/note]], Santa's Little Helper [[note]]fox[[/note]] (who is trying to tear up Maggie's doll), and a jar of candy-coated rat poison.poison [[note]]grain[[/note]]. Then this trope is {{subverted}} when Homer brings Maggie first and she just crawls off, setting off the plot for the rest of the episode.
16th Jun '16 2:36:45 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Tower Core'', the fourth in the ''Core'' series of Flash games has five things you need to move from one chamber to another, with the field that suppresses them only active in one chamber at a time: The Zog-Beast will eat the Mog-Rat, the Glaw-Than fly will eat the Zog-Beast, the Muk-Tar plant will eat the Glaw-Than fly, and the cannister of radiation will kill the Muk-Tar plant.
12th Dec '15 5:43:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''PuzzleClubhouse'', a [[http://puzzleclubhouse.com/displaycontent?id=220 decorative fountain referencing the fox-chicken-grain puzzle]] won the popular vote, becoming a permanent part of Puzzle Clubhouse's landscaping.

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* In ''PuzzleClubhouse'', ''Website/PuzzleClubhouse'', a [[http://puzzleclubhouse.com/displaycontent?id=220 decorative fountain referencing the fox-chicken-grain puzzle]] won the popular vote, becoming a permanent part of Puzzle Clubhouse's landscaping.
8th Dec '15 6:14:12 AM Llygodenfawr
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* This puzzle is featured quite humorously in a Czech-language gamebook ''Norik'': You need to cross a river and you meet a farmer with a boat, a wolf, a goat and a basket of cabbage and need to help him get the three "items" on the other side of river. When he returns back to get the goat, you must convince him to get you over the water first. Then, when he returns to finally get the goat, the wolf grows tired of not being able to eat the goat and eats the cabbage instead. Norik (your alter-ego) shouts at it and the wolf runs off, which also results in the rest of the cabbage being thrown into river. As you hear the farmer shout profanities at you, you decide to not wait for him and go on. Later, you arrive at a farmhouse, where you could sleep, but decide not to after it turns out to be that farmer's house, when he runs after you, pulling (and strangling) the goat after him.

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* This puzzle is featured quite humorously in a Czech-language gamebook ''Norik'': You need to cross a river and you meet a farmer with a boat, a wolf, a goat and a basket of cabbage and need to help him get the three "items" on to the other side of the river. When he returns back to get the goat, you must convince him to get you over the water first. Then, when he returns to finally get the goat, the wolf grows tired of not being able to eat the goat and eats the cabbage instead. Norik (your alter-ego) shouts at it and the wolf runs off, which also results in the rest of the cabbage being thrown into the river. As you hear the farmer shout profanities at you, you decide to not wait for him and go on. Later, you arrive at a farmhouse, where you could sleep, but decide not to after it turns out to be that the farmer's house, when he runs after you, pulling (and strangling) the goat after him.
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