# Theives and police get across river puzzle

Three Theives (Aldo, Baldo and Caldo) are arrested by three different policemen (Xiao, Yiao and Ziao) standing on the shore.

No Policemen trusts their arrested Theif to be near any other policemen unless they are also with them.

There is a boat that can hold a maximum of two persons.

How can the six people get across the river?

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**ADDITIONAL NOTE:-**

- On the other side of the shore, theif is kept in the prision, So, can’t escape.
- Theif can not escape from the boat if sent alone.
*Starting Point*,*Boat*and*End point*are the three different platforms, at a particular time Theif and other Policeman cannot be on same platform. e.g. – A and X can not be in boat.

the question is quite incomplete.

I am assuming that a thief is allowed to use the boat all by himself(i.e. without any policeman).

First, X and his prisoner A go across.

X returns.

Y and his prisoner B go across.

A returns.

X and A go across.

B returns.

Z and C go across.

Y returns.

Y and B go across.

Thus they are all across the river.

Though it is highly likely that the prisoner would escape when left alone across the river or in the boat!!

First, X and his prisoner A go across.

X returns.

Y and his prisoner B go across.

A returns.

—–A is with other policeman Y—-

Rephrase the question to clear all the ambiguities, or give the solution!!

first X & A go – return X

then B & C go – return C

then X & Y go – return Y & B

then Y & Z go – return A

then A & B go – return B

then B & C go – FINISH

it is highly unlikely that two prisoners will be given a boat for themselves.

Additional clarification is given.

question needs more clarity. A and X goes, then X returns.(if he doesn’t escape),

B and C goes, then C returns,

X and Y goes, then Y and B returns,

Y and Z goes, then A returns,

A and B goes, then B returns,

Band C goes. thus they returns.

Additional clarification of puzzle is given above.

This question seems incomplete or incorrect.

Anyhow my answer is:

first X & A go – X returns

then Y & B go – Y returns

then Z & C go – Z returns

X & Y go – X returns

X & Z go.

Please clarify.

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