Bear News Beartown News

MARCH 1, 2002

A BEARTOWN MYSTERY

Last election four candidates ran for the 3 year selectman seat.  Farmer Brown - Republican, Bruin DeBear - Share-the-Wealth, Jane Dough - Down-with-Everything, John Dough - Democrat.  1,648 votes were cast by Beartown residents.  Farmer Brown received a plurality of 8 over Bruin DeBear, 76 over Jane Dough, and 184 over John Dough.  How many votes did each candidate get? (What is the difference between a plurality and a majority?)

The Beartown Constable, Chairman of the Board of Civil Authority, figured out the results immediately without the use of a pencil and paper. CAN YOU???

Check the next issue of Beartown News for the answers.


FROM LAST MONTH

Three people, a man, a teenager, and a youth recently stole a chest of jewelry from the forth floor of BEARTOWN MANSION. The three gained access to the jewels through the interior of the structure but all the doors locked behind them and the only way to escape was by an endless rope with two attached baskets that went from a fourth floor window to the ground.
When one basket was on the ground the other was up at the window. When a person was in the basket he could not help himself or be helped by others. If there was not a counterbalancing weight, he would fall freely and fatally to the ground.
The man weighed
195 pounds, the teenager 105 pounds, and the youth 90 pounds. The chest of jewels weighed 75 pounds. It was known that the weight of the descending basket by more than 15 pounds or the speed of descent would be so great as to injure a human being, though it would have no effect on the treasure. Also, only two persons, or one person and the jewelry chest, could be in one basket at one time.
The Beartown Constable figured out how the three escaped unharmed with the jewels. Can you???  See answer below.

1. Treasure down  2. Youth down - treasure up.  3. Teenager down - youth up. 
4. Treasure down.  5. Man down - teenager and treasure up.  6.Treasure down. 
7. Youth down - treasure up.  8. Treasure down.  9. Teenager down - youth up. 
10. Youth down - treasure up.  11. Treasure down.           


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