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Quantum CyberTeaser: March/April 1997


B200

Traveling ants. Two ants stand at opposite corners of a 1-meter square. A barrier has been placed between them in the form of half a 1-meter square attached along the diagonal of the first square, as shown in the picture. How long is the shortest path from one ant to the other?*

*Walking!

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The winners:

  • Matthew Spencer (State College, Pennsylvania)
  • A. S. Sudheesh (Bangalore, India)
  • Robin Damion (Nottingham, England)
  • Bob Lind (Potosi, Wisconsin)
  • Simona Nikolova (Regina, Saskatchewan)
  • Oleg Shpyrko (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • Jonathan Devor (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Peter DiFiore (Jacksonville, North Carolina)
  • Charles Kehoe (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Jim Paris (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)

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