Introduction: 5 Cups Puzzle

As soon as I came across the Puzzles Challenge, I began thinking about what could be entered in it. Personally, whenever I hear the word 'puzzle', the first thing of which an image forms in my mind is something like a jigsaw puzzle. And truthfully, I really couldn't think beyond it. So, I googled, and came across the term Lateral Thinking Puzzles, which instantly ignited a flashback, taking me back a couple of years, where I was in a classroom preparing for the International Kangaroo Contest. It so happened that our teacher brought up this puzzle to test our lateral thinking which we counted as an ingredient to the Kangaroo Exam. Thirty minutes into the class and the answer clicked in my head... It was a moment of pure bliss.

Now now, enough talking. I would like to share this puzzle with you straight away. Let's hop on to it.

Step 1: The Actual Puzzle

Basically, you are given 5 cups; the first three filled and the last two empty, as shown in the first image. You have one move; make a move in such a way that you get an alternate arrangement: a filled cup then an empty cup then a filled cup and so on, as shown in the second image.

Step 2: Put Together

Solving puzzles is always a treat, and a bigger one when it's tangible. Now you can put it together for yourself and scratch your head till you solve it.

Take five containers; preferably identical. Popsicle molds decorated them with regular sharpies; who doesn't like a colorful game? Or just simply cups. Fill three with water or any other liquid, you can make it more exciting by adding food colors or water based paints. But it can work in any way.

Step 3: Play

Now all you have to do is put the containers in front of you in such a way that the first three are filled and the last two empty. And make a move so that you get them alternated between filled and empty. Remember just one move!

Put it up at a fun fair maybe; it could be an exciting game.

And certainly, it would be nice if you don't google the answer; what's the fun in that?

I hope you liked the post and if you did, maybe vote for it in the Puzzles Challenge. Share and solve. The BEST answer and solution will be awarded with a 3-month Premium membership. Thank you.

Solution will be posted at the end of the challenge.


random_builder (author)2017-01-17

I didn't make this but I figured out how to solve it. This is the setup: FFFEE (F=full and E=empty) You take the middle full cup FFFEE and pour it into the last empty cup. FEFEF

MaraE (author)2016-08-25

This is one of my favourite puzzles!

Hafsah Aamer (author)MaraE2016-08-25

Very simple, yet unique.

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