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Age 11 to 18
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Try different possible starting pairs and work systematically from there.

If one person takes 10 minutes to cross the bridge, and another takes 7 minutes, how can they all cross in just 17 minutes?

If A is the quickest to cross, then B, then C, then D, can you describe each of the strategies in terms of As, Bs, Cs and Ds, and then identify the difference?