Brain Teasers Optical Illusions Puzzle Hunts Codes & Ciphers Mechanical Puzzles
Personal Links
Browse Teasers
Search Teasers

Two Ropes

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.


Puzzle ID:#1055
Fun:*** (2.44)
Difficulty:*** (2.3)
Submitted By:vivek***
Corrected By:jntrcs




Two fifty foot ropes are suspended from a forty foot ceiling, about twenty feet apart. Armed with only a knife, how much of the rope can you steal?


Almost all of it. Tie the ropes together. Climb up one of them. Tie a loop in it as close as possible to the ceiling. Cut it below the loop. Run the rope through the loop and tie it to your waist. Climb the other rope (this may involve some swinging action). Pull the rope going through the loop tight and cut the other rope as close as possible to the ceiling. You will swing down on the rope through the loop. Lower yourself to the ground by letting out rope. Pull the rope through the loop. You will have nearly all the rope.

What Next?


See another brain teaser just like this one...

Or, just get a random brain teaser

If you become a registered user you can vote on this brain teaser, keep track of
which ones you have seen, and even make your own.



(user deleted)
Oct 29, 2001

Pretty good, but it's dreadfully hard to tie a loop in a rope when your weight is on it. In practice, you'd have to do a little more work to set up a system where your weight is not on the rope that you're tying a loop in.
Nov 02, 2001

why would you go through all that trouble for some rope?
Feb 13, 2002

If you were really tall, you could cut the rope at the top while standing on the ground.

Am I just being silly?
Mar 27, 2002

Failing to remember the acrobatic skills I acquired as an entertainer in Cirque du Soleil, I’d have to skip this little endeavor.
Mar 29, 2002

Yea, Yea, Yea, Sound and fury signifying nothing... and all that jazz. I liked the puzzle. It was great food for thought. And the more elaborate the solution, The more I like it. And for the record, you guys are making this sound impossible when all you would have to do is climb the first rope and when you get to the top, just hold on with your teeth. this leaves your hands free to tie the loop. And no weight bogging you down bellow one of the highest points on your body. Come on....think about it.
Jan 09, 2004

i think im stuck 15 feet off the ground. was i supposed to hold on to both ends of the rope that runs through the loop? with my arms stretched i still have about a seven foot drop. am i dong this right?
i think im too fat to be climbing ropes
Jul 15, 2004

Give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself making a teaser of which the solution is for "you" only if you are a chimpanzee with a human IQ of 160. -----
Give a woman enough rope and she'll hang herself making a teaser of which the solution is for "you" only if you are an orangutan with a human IQ of 160.
Mar 04, 2006

This isn't math.
May 08, 2007

Maybe it's just me, but do you have to be alive at the end? I thought you should just shimmy up them both, cut 'em of at the top, and plummet 40 feet.

Back to Top

Online Now
10 users and 531 guests

Users In Chat
Follow Braingle!
Fold 'N Fly Paper Airplanes
Easy to follow folding instructions and videos.
Copyright © 1999-2017 | FAQ | Widgets | Links | Green | Subscribe | Contact | Privacy | Conditions | Advertise | Braingle Time: 9:10 pm
Sign In Create a free account