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Junior Brain Juggling 8

The Wizard And His Knight
(December 2007)
 
Once upon a time there was a wizard, who played a game of chess against one of his wizard colleagues and lost. As always, when you lose at chess, it is the pieces' fault, and so the wizard vented his anger on his poor knight, who had made the decisive bad move.
 
"O master, where do you bring me?" the little horse asked surprised, after not having been put back to the other pieces in the box.
 
"I will punish you!" the wizard said menacing, while hastily stepping down a dark stairway. "It is your fault that I lost!"
 
"But ... master!" the little horse protested. "I am but your true servant! You guided my steps ..."
 
"Silence!! I'm going to show you ..."
 
After having reached a small and gloomy cellar, the little horse was put not on a chessboard, but - to its even bigger surprise - on an old 14-15 puzzle! The wizard drew his wand and transformed the 13 in the bottom left corner into a skull, as well as the empty square in the bottom right corner into a little wooden door :
 
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"O master, what are you up to with me?" the little horse asked timidly, being a little afraid of the skull.
 
"Your task is :" the wizard said, "to step on every square exactly once - except the square with the skull of course! You will start at number 1. And if you manage to reach the square with the door at the very end - then you are free again!"
 
"But why am I not allowed to step on every square? Why must there be a forbidden one?"
 
"That wouldn't be good for you. Believe me. You never would reach your goal!" (The wizard, as you might have figured out already, actually was a good wizard, who really liked his little horse and did not want it to be harmed in any way. But in this case of course, he did not want to show.)

"And what if I reach the door without having stepped on every number?"
 
"It will remain closed. Tightly!"
 
"O master, does that really have to be ..." the little horse bristled.
 
"Silence! The more you hurry, the sooner you are finished!" the wizard replied sternly.
 
The little horse sighed humbly. "Oh well ... then I'll just ... er ... start now." It flexed its muscles and crouched to do its first jump.
 
How does the little knight jump?
 
(And in case you do not know, how a knight jumps, here is a little diagram to show you :)
 
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Questions and solutions to : picandy@chello.at



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