You have a fox, a chicken and a sack of grain. You must cross a river with only one of them at a time. If you leave the fox with the chicken he will eat it; if you leave the chicken with the grain he will eat it. How can you get all three across safely?
I hope you are thinking about this because 29 January is National Puzzle Day. A brain teaser, a crossword, a jigsaw puzzle, Soduku, Rubiks cube, a good old fashioned pun…..puzzles put our brains to work. Gym for the mind. The day is attributed to syndicated newspaper puzzle maker Jodi Jill as a way to share her enjoyment of puzzles.
I have a puzzle in an envelope for National Puzzle Day. Patterned envelopes make a fun and quirky wrap for gift cards and gifts without much bulk. My envelope wrap holds a whole heap of personalised brain teasers and puns. Provided you are precise in your cutting and folding envelopes are relatively easy to make as well, but I prefer to buy them when I see them, like this foxy little number with a charcoal back flap. Either side can be the featured side. All wrapped up with some fine knotted chord.
Ooh… and by the way….. if you haven’t worked it out already, take the chicken over first. Go back and bring the grain next, but instead of leaving the chicken with the grain, come back with the chicken. Leave the chicken on the first side and take the fox with you. Leave it on the other side with the grain. Finally, go back over and get the chicken and bring it over.