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Soldier Line-Up

12 of 24 soldiers had too much ale and fell asleep. Only 12 soldiers remained awake and the Mayor told them: “You’ve got to step up for your partners! Put yourself in 6 lines with 4 soldiers in each line. You have until dawn, or the entire platoon will be discharged!”

Thanks to one soldier who drew the solution out on a piece of paper, the platoon survived.

What did he draw?

Thanks for Suineg for submitting :)

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12 Comments to “Soldier Line-Up”

  1. RK | Founder | Profile


  2. bobg | Profile

    A star gives 5 lines of 4 soldiers using 10 men.

    adding 2 soldiers parallel to any unconnected men in the middle pentagram will give a 6th line of 4 men.

    see image:

  3. William | Profile

    It wasn’t until I drew it myself that I worked it out.

    x x x x
    x x
    x x
    x x x x

  4. engjs1960 | Profile

    Line them up in a Star of David pattern with a soldier at each point and another at each intersection.

  5. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    One of the possible patterns:

  6. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    The two answers ara correct:
    1) Hexagram or David Star
    2) Regular Star plus one line using two points of the star

    If the 4 soldiers should have been equidistant, the optimal solution would have been the hexagram or the David Star

    Cool man!!

  7. William | Profile

    Of course I meant
    the spaces disappeared when I posted.

  8. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Yet another solution (I’ll have to describe verbally):

    Draw 15 points in an equilateral triangle formation (like the balls in a rack for a game of 8-ball). Designate one row “1”, the second row “2,3”, the third “4,5,6”, and so on. Then remove points 4, 6, and 13.

    The six rows of four are:

    And I imagine that there are others out there, as well.

  9. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Very interesting solution Bobo the Bear, I agree with your argument of a plethora of solutions

  10. my2livers | Profile

    Star of David w/ man @ each vertex.

  11. darvz | Profile

    david star!!!!

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