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Fuel for the Fire is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

Puzzle

US Version

In an average 365-day year, the family in this house burns one bundle of wood per day in the fireplace.

In the three-month period starting this month, the family will burn three more bundles of wood than in the three-month period after it.

From this information alone, can you guess what the current month is?

Express your answer as a number.

UK Version

The occupants of this chilly home burn a bundle of wood in their fireplace every day of the year. In the three-month period starting this month, they will burn three more bundles of wood than in the following three-month period.

Given that this is a 365-day year, can you work out what the current month is? Express your answer as a number.

Hints




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US Version

In order for the three-month period to burn more wood than another, it must also have more days.

Three more bundles of wood means three more days in the period.

UK Version

Burning three more bundles of wood in one three-month period than in the next means there are three more days in the first period than in the second.

US Version

What month has the fewest days in any given year?

If you're having trouble, check a calendar!

UK Version

Which month has the fewest days in any given year?

If you're having trouble, check a calendar!

US Version

On non-leap years, February has only 28 days, making it the shortest month.

Which three-month period containing February has the fewest number of days?

UK Version

February is the shortest month of the year. It's not a leap year, so February has 28 days.

Which three-month period containing February has the fewest number of days? Should it start with December, January or February?

The three-month period starting in February has only 89 days, fewer than any other consecutive three-month period.

That should be enough to work out the answer, right?


Solution

Incorrect

US Version

Too bad!

As you work on this puzzle, think about how many days there are in each month.

UK Version

Too bad.

Try listing how many days there are in each month.

Correct

US Version

Correct!

The answer is 11, meaning November.

Since this is an average 365-day year, February will only have 28 days.

Therefore, the three-month period starting in February has a fewer number of days in which the family will burn wood.

UK Version

Crackling!

The answer is 11, meaning November.

The three-month period starting in February has fewer days than any other three-month period, and as it's a 365-day year, you know the house will only burn 28 bundles in February.

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