Solution to Puzzle #71: May The Fastest Horses Win

Apologies for not posting the solution last week, I was traveling on vacation on the weekend.

This was a relatively difficult puzzle, but I was encouraged to see the number of people who responded, most of them with correct answers. Anirudh & Anvi from Singapore, Alok Kuchlous from Bangalore, Siddhansh (IIT Kanpur) and Swati, a colleague at Helion, sent the correct answers. Prakash Prakash sent an “almost correct” answer. Well done all!

Reproducing the answer from Alok Kuchlous, and also attaching a link to the video if you would like to use that:

It can be done in 7 races.

Divide into 5 groups and race. (5 races)

Let rankings be:

A1, A2, A3, A4, A5; B1..B5; C1..C5; D1..D5; E1..E5

Race: A1, B1, C1, D1, E1.  (6th race)

let the order be same as above i.e. A1 to E1. So first is A1.

2nd and 3rd could be:

A2, A3

A2, B1

B1, B2

B1, C1

So you need to only race A2, A3, B1, B2, C1. (7th race)

Pick the top two.

Hope you enjoyed the puzzle.


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