Puzzles & Quizzes

Can You Solve the Burning Rope Logic Puzzle?

Ready for a head-scratcher? The burning rope problem is a logic puzzle that doesn't require much math, or even pen and paper. Just the ol' noggin. It's a fun — if not infuriating — one to try out with friends and family. Just make sure you can solve it first. This problem was originally found on the Math Meeting YouTube channel.

Here's the Logic Puzzle

You have two ropes and a lighter. Each rope has the following property: If you light one end of the rope, it will take one hour to burn to the other end. They don't necessarily burn at a uniform rate. How can you measure a period of 45 minutes? Watch the video below for the solution.

Written by Joanie Faletto January 11, 2018

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