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Noodling Around (Pork Noodle Line-up in the UK version) is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.

Puzzle

US Version

Bowls of plain noodles and pork noodles are lined up in a row on the counter.

Arrange the food so that bowls of plain noodles and pork noodles alternate, but make sure they all remain evenly spaced on the counter.

What is the fewest number of moves it will take to accomplish this task?

Also, in this puzzle, simply switching the places of two bowls counts as two moves.

UK Version

Bowls of plain noodles and pork noodles are lined up in a row on the counter.

With the minimum of fuss, line up the bowls so that bowls of plain noodles and pork noodles alternate along the counter.

What is the lowest number of moves it takes to accomplish this task?

Note that in this puzzle, simply switching the places of two bowls counts as two moves!

Hints




Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

You can move the bowls with your stylus, so go ahead and try rearranging them.

There's something a bit...tricky going on here. Look at the way the bowls are arranged to begin with. You might notice something useful.

Have you noticed that there's room for one bowl on the right side of the counter?

All you need to do is move a bowl of plain noodles from one end to the other! The order will then alternate plain and pork, and the bowls will remain evenly spaced.

Pretty easy, huh?


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad!

Remember, switching the places of two bowls counts as two moves.

Correct

US Version

Noodle-riffic!

You don't need to switch any of the bowls around. You just need to move a bowl of plain noodles from one end to the other!

UK Version

That's right!

Don't switch the bowls around, just move one.

The chef in the illustration probably got angry at his colleague because he spent too long over the puzzle and the noodles got cold!

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A big thanks to http://professorlayton3walkthrough.blogspot.com

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