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    A man has been imprisoned in a cell for murder, the cell is 5m wide 5m long and 5m high, the man is 2m high and can jump to a height of 3m with his arms outstretched, there is a grill at the top of the cell in the middle but that is all that is in the cell, it is the winter season and the prison is located near a beautiful lake, the walls of the cell are not climbable, the door is shut and cannot be opened from inside. The police go in one day and find that the man has gone from his cell and is no where in sight and all that is left is a small drop of water - how has the man escaped from his cell? I will accept 2 different answers for this.

    The man has been captured once again and is imprisoned in the same cell, the grill has been removed and filled however, but this time there is a small table and a small saw in the cell, but nothing else, he escapes once again, but how?

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    Re: Imprisoned

    OK Daniel

    I reckon <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> a stalagmite formed on the grill. Condensation formed and it froze, thus with a little effort he was able to climb up it and out of the grill</span hide>
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    Re: Imprisoned

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> Hmmm... stalagmites go up from the floor & take 100's of years to form... Maybe an icicle? </span hide>
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    Re: Imprisoned

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> OK smartypants <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> I was trying to remember "Stalagmites push with all their might and stalagtites hold on tight" but couldn't so yes an icicle was formed</span hide>

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    Re: Imprisoned

    Possible Answer 1 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">There is an underground river that runs near his cell. The snow is melting in the mountains and the river rises, flooding his cell. After a while he is able to reach the grate and. hey presto, he is away.</span hide>
    Possible Answer 2 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">The guard let him out</span hide>
    Possible Answer 3 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">His fairy good mother flies in and waves her magic wand and he is out.</span hide>

    Possible Answer (after recapture) <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> He takes the table and the saw and cuts it up to make a fake wall (including suitable appearance). The guard comes in to check, notices that he is gone and runs out to sound the alarm leaving the door open. Man follows guard out. </span hide>
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    Re: Imprisoned

    I like the answers you gave and they are, indeed, acceptable, but the ones i had in mind would have been as follows:

    A)<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> First capture - River overflows due to high rainfall, waterlogging freezes and ice blocks form over the grill which fall into the cell and he uses these blocks to escape.</span hide>
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">He saws the table in half, then puts it back together again, 2 halves make a whole - he then puts this 'hole' into the wall, climbs throught the hole then starts shouting until he is hoarse, he then climbs onto the 'horse' and rides off into the sunset.</span hide>

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    Re: Imprisoned

    I couldn't see the significance of the single small drop of water left in the cell. Was this a red herring? With all the acceptable answers tendered, including your own, I'd have expected to find a significant pool of water below the grill.

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    Re: Imprisoned

    Alan

    What I am worried about is the idea that the river overflowed, which would cause the water to flow in through the grill. Hence raising the water level to a point where the prisoner could potentially drown, or rise to such a point thathe could float up and climb through the grill!

    In fact during the flooding did a red herring swim in and he jumped on his back and was carried off <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Imprisoned

    My only explanation could be that it evaporated as the temperature was warmer the next day when the police came in and being in such a hot cell it evaporated, as for th river overflowing it waterlogged the ground, which, in turn leaked into the grill slowly until it froze?

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    Re: Imprisoned

    Cheers Dan

    I can live with that one ( I don't about the others as we are a pedantic lot and always looking for the "alternative" answer)

    I see you are becoming a regular on the puzzle area, keep them coming.
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