Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hydra


hydra jigsaw puzzle

A team of four girls and six boys put together a 2200-piece jigsaw puzzle in 4 hours. The same jigsaw puzzle was put together in 8 hours by a team of two boys and five girls.

Who are better at putting jigsaw puzzles together, boys or girls?

Hydra Puzzle Solution

If 6 boys and 4 girls spend 4 hours to complete the jigsaw puzzle, then 3 boys and 2 girls will need 8 hours, which is also the amount of time needed by the team of 2 boys and 5 girls. The reader can see that the input of 1 extra boy on the first team equals the input of 3 extra girls on the other team. The conclusion deduced is that the input from 1 boy is worth as much as the input from 3 girls.

To be more precise, it is possible to demonstate that each boy can put together, in one hour, 75 pieces of the puzzle, compared to the 25 for each girl. This is because, if we say that 6 boys and 4 girls (ie team 1) are equal to 22 girls ((6 * 3) + 4), and since that team puts together 550 pieces per hour (2200 / 4), then the workforce of each team member equals 25 pieces/hour (550 / 22).

Sorry ladies about the "non politically correct" nature of this puzzle, but I'm just translating. I was actually thinking of using Martians and Venusians instead, but then I thought "Who cares!" - Mickey.