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Old 01-25-2012, 07:50 PM
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Default re: ep 185 - figured a solution to the "ghost thru walls" puzzle

I believe I figured out the impossible ghost through the walls puzzle. my line goes through each wall just once . if i can find a way to post it for you guys to double check it, let me know how. have had several people look it over and they can't find a problem with it. cheers
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Draw it in mspaint or a similar program. then respond to this thread and attach the image.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by clayp0w View Post
Draw it in mspaint or a similar program. then respond to this thread and attach the image.
This reminds me of the people who tried to claim Sam Loyd's 15-14 puzzle, which is unsolvable.

Lots of people claimed they had done it, but when asked to demonstrate, no one could quite remember how they did it...
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:43 AM
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Default soluble as described by Brian, otherwise not!

Hi gmanatl

This puzzle is generally considered impossible to solve - indeed, there are mathematical proofs of this. However, Brian doesn't fully explain the rules, which means, I would argue, that it is solvable the way he explains it. This caused me some confusion when I thought I'd solved it.

Brian doesn't explain that the lower middle room (room 4 in the video) is taken to have two upper walls, one either side of where it that touches the wall above it; in other words, you need to assume that there is a wall between rooms 4 and 1 and another wall between rooms 4 and 2. Now, conventionally, this would be considered one wall, not two - any normal person standing in that room would say it had four walls! - but that's not how it is for this puzzle. Of course, if you're going to introduce an unconventional interpretation of a word, you really need to make that clear, which Brian doesn't.

If you take room 4 to have only 4 walls, you can indeed solve the puzzle (I did), but if you take it to have 5 walls then you can't. Sadly, however, the former version is not the famous insoluble 5 room problem whereas the latter is, so there's little fame or glory to be had!

Anyway, have a look a this webpage for a clear explanation of the rules and a helpful diagram, and then see if you've actually solved the puzzle. They also explain it in terms of doors between rooms which I found to be a more helpful way to think of it.

The wrong solution shown at the top of this webpage is the one that I would think is actually correct if we take the conventional meaning of the word 'wall' - and its exactly what I came up with after watching that episode. Is that the one you have?

Anyway, hope all this is relevant ... ! Maybe you've come up with something completely different?

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