School-Safe Puzzle Games

## Soldier Line-Up

12 of 24 soldiers had too much ale and fell asleep. Only 12 soldiers remained awake and the Mayor told them: “You’ve got to step up for your partners! Put yourself in 6 lines with 4 soldiers in each line. You have until dawn, or the entire platoon will be discharged!”

Thanks to one soldier who drew the solution out on a piece of paper, the platoon survived.

What did he draw?

Thanks for Suineg for submitting

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### 12 Comments to “Soldier Line-Up”

1. RK | Founder | Profile

test

2. bobg | Profile

A star gives 5 lines of 4 soldiers using 10 men.

adding 2 soldiers parallel to any unconnected men in the middle pentagram will give a 6th line of 4 men.

see image:
http://bobg.net/star.jpg

3. William | Profile

It wasn’t until I drew it myself that I worked it out.

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4. engjs1960 | Profile

Line them up in a Star of David pattern with a soldier at each point and another at each intersection.

5. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

One of the possible patterns:
http://bayimg.com/kaaFlAaEj

6. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

1) Hexagram or David Star
2) Regular Star plus one line using two points of the star

If the 4 soldiers should have been equidistant, the optimal solution would have been the hexagram or the David Star

Cool man!!

7. William | Profile

Of course I meant
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the spaces disappeared when I posted.

8. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

Yet another solution (I’ll have to describe verbally):

Draw 15 points in an equilateral triangle formation (like the balls in a rack for a game of 8-ball). Designate one row “1”, the second row “2,3”, the third “4,5,6”, and so on. Then remove points 4, 6, and 13.

The six rows of four are:
1,2,7,11
3,5,8,12
1,3,10,15
2,5,9,14
7,8,9,10
11,12,14,15

And I imagine that there are others out there, as well.

9. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

Very interesting solution Bobo the Bear, I agree with your argument of a plethora of solutions

10. my2livers | Profile

Star of David w/ man @ each vertex.

11. darvz | Profile

david star!!!!