Can You Solve the Robin Hood Riddle?

Date:22 July 2022 Author: Juandre

You might have to take a flying leap of logic.

➡ The Problem

The dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham plans to rally his troops in his fortress, protected by a large moat with only a single drawbridge. As the drawbridge begins to rise behind the Sheriff’s troops, a lone figure appears on the field before the castle—the one and only Robin Hood!

The legendary archer’s only chance to save the people of Sherwood Forest is to race toward the fortress on his faithful steed, leap onto the bridge before it can close, and disrupt the rally before it can even begin. With his incredible tactical acumen, Robin Hood surveys the field and begins to make a plan.

The drawbridge is 32 feet long. It’s already raised 2 feet above the ground and seems to be lifting at a constant 2 degrees per second. Robin Hood is 200 feet away from the edge of the drawbridge. Without hesitating, he spurs his horse into a gallop and attempts to make the jump before it’s too late.

So, how does this story end? Does Robin Hood make it onto the bridge? Or does he end up pulling himself out of the moat?

➡ The Hint

This problem requires you to make some assumptions. Your first should be that a drawbridge at rest lies flat against the ground. Don’t worry about uneven terrain!

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