Picky Polar Bears is a weekly puzzle in Professor Layton and the Last Specter.


It's snack time for the polar bears! The zookeeper puts out 10 fish and comes back to find some fish remaining as shown below. These picky polar bears have some curious habits:

  • Though no bear can eat more than one fish, and some eat less, they won't share.
  • These bears always start eating from either the head or the tail.
  • Each one eats at least a little fish.

What is the largest possible number of polar bears in the enclosure?


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

This puzzle isn't as simple as it may seem at first glance.

Examine how the fish are placed. There is definitely something fishy about them.



Too bad!

Have you considered all the possibilities?


Yep, that's it!

The answer is six polar bears. Two fish have been completely eaten, and four have been partially eaten.

In the photo, the remains of the partially eaten fish are underneath two of the untouched fish.

Maybe the zookeeper should give the bears fewer fish next time!


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