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World's Best Golfer is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

Puzzle

US Version

A pro golfer has the amazing ability to consistently putt distances of 3, 5, 7, and 11 feet. Strangely enough, though, those are the only distances he can putt.

Currently, our golfer stands on the green with his ball 20 feet from the hole. What's the fewest number of strokes he can use to get the ball into hole?

Assume that if the ball is hit farther than the distance remaining to the hole, it will roll over to the other side without going into the cup.

UK Version

A pro golfer has the amazing ability to consistently putt distances of 3, 5, 7 and 11 metres. Strangely enough, though, those are the only distances he can putt.

Currently, our golfer stands on the green with his ball 20 metres from the hole. What's the fewest number of strokes he can use to get the ball into the hole?

Assume that if the ball is hit farther than the distance remaining to the hole, it will roll over to the other side without going into the cup.

Hints




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The correct solution doesn't involve the golfer overshooting the hole.

US Version

There's no reason our golfing friend should have to hit each putt straight toward the hole.

Perhaps he could put his ball in a better position with a shot that travels diagonally.

UK Version

There's no reason our golfing friend should have to hit each putt straight towards the hole.

Perhaps he could put his ball in a better position with a shot that travels diagonally.

US Version

Picture the golfer taking a diagonal shot relative to the hole. If he hits the ball exactly 11 feet and angles the shot so that this first putt puts him exactly halfway between his starting position and the hole...

Do you see where this is going?

UK Version

Picture the golfer taking a diagonal shot relative to the hole. If he hits the ball exactly 11 metres and angles the shot so that his first putt puts him exactly halfway between his starting position and the hole...

Do you see where this is going?


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad!

Remember, this is a pro golfer we're talking about. He can do some pretty amazing things.

Correct

Good job!

US Version

If our friend the pro golfer putts two diagonal shots as shown above, he can sink the ball in two shots. No one ever said the golfer had to putt directly toward the hole, did they?

Sure, in order to sink the putt using the method shown above, he'd need to calculate the angle of each shot perfectly...but that's probably why he's a pro.

UK Version

If our friend the pro golfer putts two diagonal shots as shown above, he can sink the ball in two shots. No one ever said the golfer had to putt directly towards the hole, did they?

Sure, in order to sink the putt using the method shown above, he'd need to calculate the angle of each shot perfectly, but that's probably why they call him a pro!

DB037S

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