There is a logic puzzle floating around the interweb that features an image of a group of boys on a camping trip. And while the puzzle originally comes from an old children's magazine, it is hard. Like, really hard. You will see for yourself in just a minute. The puzzle is designed to test your observation skills and logic and reasoning. Are you ready to see if you can solve the puzzle? Alright, let's do it!
So here is the picture. Take a good look at this picture, because the trick to getting the nine questions right is that you need to look at every little piece of the puzzle in order to be able to pick up on clues. Ok are you ready? The first question is, "How many tourists are staying at this camp?"
This is one of the easier questions. Do you think that you know the answer?
Alright, the next question is, "When did they arrive?" Do you think that they arrived today or a few days ago? Can you figure out how long the four boys have been at the campsite just by looking at the puzzle?
The next question is, "How did they get to the campsite?". When you look at the puzzle, you will see that there is an oar resting against a tree. This suggests that they took a boat or a canoe to get to the campsite.
See the oar all the way on the right? There you go! Alright let's move on. The next question is, "Is there a town nearby?" Take a good look at the picture and see if you can pick up on any clues that would help you answer this question.
The answer is no. However, if you take another look at the picture you will see a chicken wandering around. This could suggest that there is a village nearby. But according to the puzzle, the answer is no.
The next question is, "Where does the wind blow from? North or south?"
The answer is...
First of all, the tree branches in the Northern Hemisphere tend to be bigger on the south side. Also, the flag on top of the tent shows that the wind is blowing from the side of the bigger branches, aka the south side.
Alright, are you ready for the next question? The next question is, "What time of day is it?" The answer is related to the last question. Hint: If you know where south is, think about what else you know...
It means that it is morning. Think about it. We know where south is, so we also know where east and west is. Then if you look at where the shadows are, you can see that it is morning. Again, these are super hard!
It looks like Colin was on duty yesterday. He is looking through his backpack that has a "C" on it. Alex is catching butterflies and James, which you can tell is him by the "J" on his bag, is taking photos. Peter is on duty today, so according to the duty list, Colin was on duty yesterday.
Okay, this one takes a lot of pondering...Keep looking...Ready?
It is August 8th. We know that Peter is the person on duty and there is an eight next to his name on the "On Duty" list. There is also a nice big watermelon on the picnic blanket and watermelon ripens in August!
So, how many did you get right? Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Me neither. Not by a long shot.