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wowfie July 28, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m.

I think the answer should have been 42. The instructions explicitly stated that each move is one car length long. Move 40 took car 14 up one and move 41 took the black car to the just vacated spot. Move 42 would have taken the car off the lot.

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msrewa Aug. 4, 2010 @ 10:52 a.m.

If you follow the parameters of last weeks (7/21/10) brainstorms puzzle, then the SDReader had an incorrect solution. The conditions stipulate that, "All moves are of the car-length variety." If you actually use the car length restriction as a requirement to solve this puzzle your solution did not get the car out of the lot. The 41st move leaves the entire car in the lot and the 42nd move will move the entire car out!

 I submitted 42 and should get credit for a correct solution. I don't even care that all the names printed this week got credit (and 5 t-shirts) for a wrong solution. I think people with the correct solution should get credit. Fair is fair.
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Reader Staff Aug. 7, 2010 @ 11:41 a.m.

“Lock of Lots" Brainstorms:

"How many moves will be required to extricate the car and drive it from the lot?"

The correct answer is indeed 41 moves: 13 DOWN – 14 DOWN – 11 RIGHT – 12 RIGHT – 18 UP – 19 UP – 24 UP – 34 UP – 33 RIGHT – 28 DOWN – 29 DOWN – 15 DOWN – BLACK CAR RIGHT – 8 DOWN – 9 DOWN – 10 LEFT – 16 UP – 17 UP – BLACK CAR RIGHT – 15 UP – 28 UP – 29 UP – 33 LEFT – 34 DOWN – 35 DOWN – 24 DOWN – BLACK CAR RIGHT – 16 DOWN – 17 DOWN – 2 DOWN – 3 DOWN – 4 LEFT – 5 LEFT – 18 UP – 19 UP – 11 LEFT – 12 LEFT – 13 UP – 14 UP – BLACK CAR RIGHT AND OUT.

Count ‘em.

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