Supposedly, this is an test that was designed by a Japanese company to test potential employee’s IQ. Granted, this could just be an urban legend and this might just be a brain tease that some guy made up in his mother’s basement. Regardless it's challenging. The idea is to get everyone on one side of the river to the other by using the raft that is pictured above. However, the complexity is added by a set of rules on who can be left behind on the river banks.
Here are the RULES:
-Only 2 people on the raft at a time
-The Father cannot stay with any of the daughters, without their Mother’s presence.
-The Mother cannot stay with any of the sons, without their Father’s presence.
-The thief (striped shirt) cannot stay with any family member, if the Policeman is not there.
-Only the Father, the Mother and the Policeman know how to operate the raft.
They say that someone of normal intelligence should be able to solve this in 15 minutes. Full disclosure, it took Wildcat11 exactly 13 minutes and 5 seconds to get this worked out. I guess that means I’m just a little above normal which sounds about right.
So step up to the plate and let’s see what you have. Click on the link below and then click on the blue circle on the bottom right of the screen to start. Then, click on the people you want to go on the raft and then click the lever next to the raft to move it across the river. Be sure to time how long it takes you to solve the puzzle and then post up your time in the comments section.
Let’s see if we have any high level problem solvers out there. (NO CHEATING!)