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Cracker Barrel Restaurant Puzzel

On almost every table in any Cracker Barrel Restaurant you will find this puzzle to amuse you while you wait for your meal. It consists of a block of wood with 15 holes, arranged in a triangle, and 14 golf tees placed in the holes. The object is to start with one point hole empty, jump the tees over eachother, like checkers, and end up with only one tee remaining.

The pictures below show four ways to do that. I'll warn you though, often knowing the answer isn't half as much fun as trying to figure it out. To quote Dr. Mark Chabot in the movie "On A Clear Day" from memory, meaning that he only said something approximating this, "I used to be in love with answers. But now, thanks to you, I've come to like the questions just as much." And as someone else once said, "The fun is in the journey, not in the arrival." So ask yourself if you really want to know, and if the answer is "yes", then study the pictures below. And if you do, not all is lost. I've been told that there are at least 5 solutions. So you'll still have the joy of trying to find one, or maybe more, different solutions.

I discovered this solution a long time ago.
puzzle solution 1

A Cracker Barrel manager showed me this one in 2019.
puzzle solution 2

I discovered this one in 2019 while trying alternate second moves.
puzzle solution 3

I discovered this one July 20, 2022 while trying the remaining second move.
puzzle solution 4

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