Professor Layton Puzzles

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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We currently own three Professor Layton games (Professor Layton and the Curious VillageProfessor Layton and the Unwound Future, and Professor Layton and the Last Specter) which are puzzle games built around a storyline. We wrote a review on one of the games in our article Professor Layton DS Game Review

Since we’ve already written a review on it, we won’t review it again, but we will give you some of our favorite puzzles from the game and you can solve them if you want. They are pretty tricky! Here is one from Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Once you think you have the answer, you can scroll down to see if you were correct.

Ten candles stand burning in a dining room. A strong breeze blows in through an open window and extinguishes two of them. Checking back in on the candles later, you see that one more candle has gone out. To make sure no more flames go out, you shut the window. Assuming the wind doesn’t extinguish any more candles, how many candles do you have left in the end?

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Three is the answer. The seven candles that manage to stay lit will melt down completely. The only candles that remain in the end are the three that are extinguished by the wind and therefore stay intact.

Here is another one from Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.

“Hey there! I’m trying to shoo the birds away from these power lines. Each time I clap my hands, half of them fly away, but one comes back! This pattern never fails. Even if I stand here clapping my hands all day, the number of birds always ends up right back where it started!”

So, how many birds were there on the power lines to start with?

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Two birds is correct!

Half of two is one, so one bird flies away and then comes right back. So the number of birds always ends up being two.

In this puzzle, using “half” to refer to one bird is potentially quite misleading. Be sure to choose your words carefully, even if you’re explaining something simple.

And finally, here is a puzzle from Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

This quiet road is lit by ten street-lights. Deep in the dead of night, the lights are blown by a power surge and all the lights are replaced.

Unfortunately, the new bulbs are poor quality — one breaks every two hours. Finding it hard to keep up, the unlucky repairman only manages to bring a replacement bulb every three hours.

How many bulbs will still be lit after 12 hours?

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The answer is 0.

After 12 hours, it will no longer be dark outside, so all of the streetlights will be turned off.

Well, this is all the puzzles we’ll put up for now. Oh, and Happy New Year’s! We are eating black eyed peas, greens, ham, and cornbread – our traditional New Year’s Day meal. What are you all eating today?

by Dink and John

Comments
  1. Libby says:

    Thanks for the mental exercise. I failed the first, got the second right but gave up on the third due to the maths (not my strong point) – but that wasn’t the way to do it was it!

  2. julespaige says:

    I really like this – My hubby is an electrical engineer. He likes these kinds of puzzles. He got the first two but the last one (not hints) taxed his tired brain.

    Thanks!

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