A Puzzle For You…
Help me solve this damned thing!
It starts like this…
And ends like this (except you smart people out there will not have a line segment you haven’t left uncrossed like mine, highlighted in yellow)
A childhood friend named Larry shared this with me on the school bus one day (must have been in 1977). He said his grandfather would pay him $50 if he could solve it.
I’ve been ruining notebook after notebook for THIRTY years trying to solve this on paper. Probably easily done with a clever program. But, my brain’s not a clever enough program (or fast enough, take your pick). Help stop my madness. Please!
You must cross each line segment of the boxes once and ONLY once.
You may start at any place inside or outside of the boxes.
You may cross your own line without restriction (in this example my own line is red).
You may not create any more than one continuous line (meaning you cannot create branches from your original line).
You may not traverse your own line, effectively crossing the line segment of any box for a second time.
Bragging rights and my unending thanks for putting an end to a 30 year long obsession. This will be up there with stopping smoking or biting fingernails or some such other disorder of ill repute. If I knew where Larry was I’d have him split the $50 with you. 🙂