Icosahedron Diamond Found!!
The wily explorer Knightmare, and his trusty companion, Slavy have scoured the deserts of the world in search of the fabled Icosahedron Diamond. Hundreds of miles from civilization, they discover the aforementioned bauble, a beautiful giant crystal worth a King’s ransom.
Unfortunately, the diamond is on a tiny island in the centre of a perfectly square lake. Fortunately, Knightmare and Slavy have been taking swimming lessons….. unfortunately, the lake is not water but highly concentrated acid, the result of ignoring paranoid environmentalists.
The lake’s sides are 40 feet long, and shortest distance from the middle of a side to the island is a little over 19 feet. Conveniently close to the lake there are a half-dozen wooden planks, each measuring 16 feet by 16 inches by 2 inches. They’re just few feet too short to bridge the gap – Curses! If only they’d brought some tools along on this expedition- rope, nails, super glue, anything!
Swearing to actually plan their next expedition they sit in the sand and try to puzzle their way out of this quandary.
Will they walk back to civilization empty-handed, or can you help them think of a way to the Icosahedron? In the traditional manner of puzzles, they can only use the planks of wood, they have no tools, and modesty prevents the use of clothing etc!!!
Bonus points for how many faces, points and edges on an Icosahedron….. not that it helps get the diamond home, but it’s a scant comfort if you can’t get the diamond!