tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post111437707807772349..comments2024-09-06T02:45:21.052-04:00Comments on Canadian Cynic: Your next puzzle -- fun with bandsaws.CChttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11406057201126015750noreply@blogger.comBlogger6125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114818498926208362005-04-29T19:48:00.000-04:002005-04-29T19:48:00.000-04:00Precisely.Precisely.CChttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11406057201126015750noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114817871989982162005-04-29T19:37:00.000-04:002005-04-29T19:37:00.000-04:00As I said before this one is nasty, but the soluti...As I said before this one is nasty, but the solution comes out pretty.<BR/><BR/>You're trying to make a 3x3 set of cubes. Look at the center cube. It has six sides. Each side must be made by cutting. If you have a saw that can cut two different sides of the same small cube at once, I want it, but you're not allowed to use it for this puzzle. So the answer is six cuts; it simply doesn't get any better than doing it the boring way.Harlequinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08908043525344062846noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114681881513257122005-04-28T05:51:00.000-04:002005-04-28T05:51:00.000-04:00I'll let one of the previous commenters deal with ...I'll let one of the previous commenters deal with this one.CChttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11406057201126015750noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114661551268470552005-04-28T00:12:00.000-04:002005-04-28T00:12:00.000-04:00Okay, I'll put myself out here again with the wron...Okay, I'll put myself out here again with the wrong answer but the first answer.<BR/><BR/>Here's my thinking:<BR/><BR/>1. We need a total of 27 pieces at the end of the project.<BR/>2. We start with one piece.<BR/>3. Each piece, when cut, cannot be cut into more than two pieces.<BR/>4. If we cut every single piece, every time, we cannot more than double the number of pieces with the cut.<BR/>5. 2^4 = 16, and 2^5 = 32.<BR/><BR/>Thus fewest possible number of cuts is 5; any fewer and there's no way to get the requisite number of pieces.<BR/><BR/>But really, you'd be better taking your time. Safety first when you're working with bandsaws.<BR/><BR/>Sorry if my slow work towards the answer is a little painful to those who actually, y'know, know something about math...M@https://www.blogger.com/profile/13408488215496128814noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114464878540926402005-04-25T17:34:00.000-04:002005-04-25T17:34:00.000-04:00Nasty. I think I have a solution here; I'll hold ...Nasty. I think I have a solution here; I'll hold off posting it for a bit to let others try. You are a sick, sick man. :PHarlequinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08908043525344062846noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6708375.post-1114443909703869352005-04-25T11:45:00.000-04:002005-04-25T11:45:00.000-04:00Dammit! I come to work Monday morning and I see th...Dammit! I come to work Monday morning and I see this! You're gonna get me fired!<BR/>must...work...don't sketch diagrams...<BR/>must..close...browser..Corihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00931563994508917177noreply@blogger.com