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JujuFish

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Originally posted by: Lifted
Originally posted by: ShadowOfMyself

Yep stuff like this pisses me off, it was clear from the start it was a trick question... If were just gonna assume things, the answer is easy - he throws 2000 balls to the town and uses the remaining 1000 to travel

... Stupid
Just modify it so that he throws the ballz as far as possible, walks to them and throws them again, repeating until he gets 1 KM, then he eats one. Ends up with 2000 balls by the time he reaches the town.
I declare thee winnar! This fits into every constraint given by the OP throughout the thread thus far.
 

OdiN

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Originally posted by: Soviet
What the heck is a "schokoballaz"?!
Replaced what was in the actual riddle with that to deter googling for the answer I bet.
 

blackdogdeek

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444

take 1000 on trip 1 outgoing go out 333 km = 667 left
walk back on trip 1 incoming for 333 km and leave 1 thing for each 1 thing eaten = 1 left when arrive with 1 at each 1km marker (333 km worth of "free" walking)
take 1000 on trip 2 outgoing go out 333 km = 667 left
still on trip 2 go out a further 111 km = 556 left
walk back on trip 2 incoming for 444 km and leave 1 thing for each 1 thing eaten between km marker 444 and 333 then eat the rest on the last 333 km (444 km worth of "free" walking)
take 1000 on trip 3 outgoing eating the things you left previously on markers 1 to 444
after marker 444 eat 1 thing per km = 1000 at marker 444 with 556 km left = 1000 - 556 = 444
 

OdiN

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Syringered.

I'm still going with 2000 now just for fun.

Of course, I want to see the "real" answer to see how much shit they're full of.
 

Leros

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I tried to solve this problem with an experiment, but my elephant died of dehydration at about 57km. He refused to waste schokoballz walking to get water.
 

Jeff7

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Originally posted by: bladder23
Originally posted by: Engraver
Suck on my salty schokoballz.
My schokoballz are better!
No, something about schokoballz from a person with username bladder23 sounds much less appealing than the already unappealing idea of Engraver's salty shokoballz.
 

JujuFish

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Originally posted by: OdiN
Syringered.

I'm still going with 2000 now just for fun.

Of course, I want to see the "real" answer to see how much shit they're full of.
Indeed.
 

TecHNooB

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Sep 10, 2005
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Originally posted by: JujuFish
Originally posted by: OdiN
Syringered.

I'm still going with 2000 now just for fun.

Of course, I want to see the "real" answer to see how much shit they're full of.
Indeed.
The guys who actually tried to solve the problem using the correct implied assumptions already solved it a few pages ago. Syringered? Stop whining.
 

mh47g

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Originally posted by: TecHNooB
Originally posted by: JujuFish
Originally posted by: OdiN
Syringered.

I'm still going with 2000 now just for fun.

Of course, I want to see the "real" answer to see how much shit they're full of.
Indeed.
The guys who actually tried to solve the problem using the correct implied assumptions already solved it a few pages ago. Syringered? Stop whining.
And which post was this?
 

Tweak155

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Sep 23, 2003
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Originally posted by: TecHNooB
An elephant has to walk 1000km to the next town. He has to transport 3000 schokoballz. Each km he walks, he has to eat 1 schokoball. The maximum value of schokoballz he can take at once is 1000. What's the greatest number of schokoballz the elephant can bring to the next town?

Clarification:
He has 3000 shokoballz to start with.
He must eat one every km. EVEN ON THE WAY BACK!
The answer is not zero.
Answer to the riddle version:

3000. How I derived my answer is bolded.

He must have unlimited supply of balls and transported only 3000.

EDIT:

And you might point out: "3000 to start with" but that is only to start with. He got more during the transporting.
 

Tempered81

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what the heck is the answer to this retarded crap? If its math its 533. If its a joke, i will kill you.
 

TecHNooB

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I'd like to clarify 1 more thing about this problem. It was copy/pasted directly from another site. When I first saw the problem myself, I felt the same sense of confusion but I understood that there was a trick involved and promptly went searching for it. However, some of you would rather nitpick the wording of the problem rather than attempt to solve the problem. If you honestly don't understand the implications, I really don't know what to say. You must have gave your former teachers a really hard time ;)
 

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