Happy Jolly Holiday Puzzle

Holiday Parfait Puzzle

In this puzzle, four scoops of holiday ice cream are in a parfait glass.  The challenge is to get the scoops from the glass above the word Happy to the glass above the word Holiday by moving just one scoop at a time from one glass to another (you can only use the three glasses provided).  And there’s one imortant rule: a scoop with a larger number can never be placed on top of a scoop with a smaller number.  How many moves will it take?

 

Make sure to try it for yourself before you check the answer!

 

The answer is below …

 

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OK.  Here’s how it can be done.

 

First two moves:  Move Scoop 1 to the middle glass and Scoop 2 to the third glass.  It will look like this.

Happy Jollly Holiday Puzzle 2 Moves

 

Second two moves:  Move Scoop 1 to the third glass on top of Scoop 2 and Scoop 3 to the middle glass.  It will look like this.

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 3-4

 

Next two moves:  Move Scoop 1 to the first glass on top of Scoop 4 and Scoop 2 to the second glass on top of Scoop 3.  It will look lik this (six moves so far).

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 5-6

 

Next two moves:  Move Scoop 1 to the middle glass on top of Scoop 2 and Scoop 4 to the third glass (eight moves to this point).  It will look like this.

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 7-8

 

Next two moves:  Move Scoop 1 to the third glass on top of Scoop 5 and Scoop 2 to the first glass (ten moves … we’re getting there).  It iwll look like this.

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 9-10

 

Moves 11 and 12:  Move Scoop 1 to the first glass on top of Scoop 2 and Scoop 3 to the third glass on tope of Scoop 4.  It will look like this.

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 11-12

 

Moves 13 and 14:  Move Scoop 1 to the middle glass and Scoop to the the third glass.  It will look lik this and we’re almost done.

Happy Jolly Holiday Moves 13-14

 

Just one last move!  You can do it!

Happy Jolly Holiday Final

15 moves!

 

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