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#194409 - 22/12/2003 13:03 Re: Maths question. [Re: mlord]
wfaulk
carpal tunnel

Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I think he's stating that the trail might come to a terminus 1 km away instead of continuing past 1 km away. That's probably not what the puzzle-maker intended, though.
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#194410 - 29/12/2003 17:18 Re: Maths question. [Re: cushman]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 14016
Loc: Canada
Mmm.. well, so far we all seem to be wrong.

I don't know the exact answer, but it is *around* 6.4KM total length, as measured by me today out in the field (found the cache anyways, but it took a bit of looking).

Now.. I wonder how to calculate the correct answer?

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#194411 - 29/12/2003 19:50 Re: Maths question. [Re: mlord]
cushman
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Registered: 21/01/2002
Posts: 1380
Loc: Erie, CO
I'm interested, too! I looked around and found this thread on Google groups in the rec.puzzles newsgroup. There are a few solutions there, and one solves to 6.397. It seems that all the solutions are somewhat horseshoe shaped, but you need some more complex math to solve them. My solution it seems is not optimal.
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#194412 - 29/12/2003 20:53 Re: Maths question. [Re: cushman]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 14016
Loc: Canada
That's hilarious! My *actual* field measurement was 6.398KM..

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