History Main / FoxChickenGrainPuzzle

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.
9th Nov '15 3:00:11 PM Someoneman
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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.
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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.
7th Nov '15 9:12:42 PM DRCEQ
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* Creator/{{Toonami}}'s ''Intruder II'' special event begins with TOM and SARA discussing the puzzle with a fox, a chicken, and a cabbage. They're interrupted by the sensors finding a mysterious ship nearby that opens fire on the Absolution before they can discuss the solution.
4th Nov '15 4:10:32 PM HeroicJay
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Given it would take nine trips to get everyone across without any fancy special rules at all, I don't see how you can solve it WITH the special rules in seven.
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. It, too, can be solved in seven steps.
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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. It, too, This one can be solved in seven eleven steps.
4th Nov '15 2:32:08 PM Wyvern76
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"accepting that one must accept" is redundant, and not really the point — it's not *accepting* the possibility that's difficult, it's realizing that it even *is* a possibility
This puzzle's primary difficulty to those new to the puzzle is in accepting that one must accept the possibility of taking an action that seems detrimental or a step back from their original goal in order to ultimately complete it.
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This puzzle's primary difficulty to those new to the puzzle is in accepting realizing that one must accept consider the possibility of taking an action that seems detrimental or a step back from their original goal in order to ultimately complete it.
4th Nov '15 8:21:28 AM Berrenta
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Sinkhole
A StockPuzzle, subset of the InventoryManagementPuzzle. You are a farmer taking a fox (or a wolf), a chicken (or a goose) and a sack of grain to market ([[BellisariosMaxim don't ask why you're taking a fox to market]]) and you come across a river. The only way across the river is by a small boat, which can only hold at most you and one of the three items. Left unsupervised, the chicken will eat the grain or the fox will eat the chicken (however, the fox [[CaptainObvious won't try to eat the grain]], nor will the fox or the chicken wander off). What's the quickest way to get everything across the river?
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A StockPuzzle, subset of the InventoryManagementPuzzle. You are a farmer taking a fox (or a wolf), a chicken (or a goose) and a sack of grain to market ([[BellisariosMaxim don't ask why you're taking a fox to market]]) and you come across a river. The only way across the river is by a small boat, which can only hold at most you and one of the three items. Left unsupervised, the chicken will eat the grain or the fox will eat the chicken (however, the fox [[CaptainObvious won't try to eat the grain]], grain, nor will the fox or the chicken wander off). What's the quickest way to get everything across the river?
11th Oct '15 5:32:18 PM nombretomado
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* The 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 PiersAnthony 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]].
24th Sep '15 8:05:49 AM FF32
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15th Sep '15 1:14:42 PM NotThisThing
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* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' also parodies this one, with Rat giving the riddle in standard form to Pig. Pig's answer is "Buy a bigger boat."
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