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Pirate Escape

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Puzzle ID:#16701
Fun:*** (2.4)
Difficulty:*** (2.29)
Category:Science
Submitted By:JakeAadminus*mod!!!
Corrected By:boodler

 

 

 



A pirate is floating down a river in a modern sailboat after having just pillaged a small village upstream. The current is 3 knots with respect to the land. The wind is zero knots, with respect to the land. The pirate wants to proceed downriver as quickly as possible to avoid capture.

Should he raise the sails, or not?




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