Solving puzzles have always been my first choice of entertainment, given the condition that I am sitting jobless, which has not happened after joining here. But of late, I have been giving some time for myself, and that is helping me in my work also. Now that I am staying in a fully furnished house, I spend time at home solving puzzles while watching Kiran TV (ohh!! I love that channel).
4 days back, I came across a puzzle
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This will be familiar for folks who underwent a course on Artificial Intelligence during their graduation. I thoroughly enjoyed solving this problem, since this was much better (tougher) problem than those faced during the course. I solved this in roughly 4 hours, by putting together, the process of elimination and trial-n-error methods. Well, I could have saved time, by writing a ruby code for the same instead of solving manually. But then where is the fun?
Now that I have the solution, I can implement a ruby code and see how much time it actually takes me to solve the problem.
Solution in my next post.