Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to have a problem that’s actually solvable without A-Level physics or maths – wouldn’t you agree Paddy? Here’s one which doesn’t even require Key Stage 3 math – but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy!
Imagine you are standing on a cliff top, with the beach 200m below you. The only items you have with you are a knife and a rope. The rope is 150m long and can be cut with the knife, but only at right angles to its length (i.e. you can’t cut it in half to make 2 very skinny ropes)
At the top of the cliff is a secure iron hoop, embedded in the rock. Exactly half way down is a tiny ledge, just wide enough to perch on. It too has another of these iron hoops sticking out of it.
Question: How do you reach the bottom of the cliff safely?
Please note: falling 50m does not constitute “safely”