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Fox and the Goose - glass ornament – Retired.  Inge-Glas #1-441-01. Mouth-blown and Hand-painted.  4-1/2” from tip of cap to bottom of ornament.


With Inge-Glas acid free paper

Made in Germany

The fox and the goose is a river-crossing puzzle that dates back to at least the 9thcentury.


Asexplained at Wikipedia:



Onceupon a time a farmer went to market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river andhired a boat. But in crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry onlyhimself and a single one of his purchases - the fox, the goose, or the bag ofthe beans.

If left alone, the fox would eat thegoose, and the goose would eat the beans.

The farmer's challenge was to carryhimself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchaseintact. How did he do it?


The Solution

The first step must be to bring the goose across the river, as any other will result in the goose or the beans being eaten. When the farmer returns to the original side, he has the choice of bringing either the fox or the beans across. If he brings the fox across, he must then return to bring the beans over, resulting in the fox eating the goose. If he brings the beans across, he will need to return to get the fox,resulting in the beans being eaten. Here he has a dilemma, solved by bringing the fox (or the beans) over and bringing the goose back. Now he can bring the beans (or the fox) over, leaving the goose, and finally return to fetch the goose.

His actions in the solution aresummarised in the following steps:

  1. Bring goose over
  2. Return
  3. Bring fox or beans over
  4. Bring goose back
  5. Bring beans or fox over
  6. Return
  7. Bring goose over

Thus there are seven crossings, four forward and three back.

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Item No. IGRA19


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