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DECEMBER 2017 PUZZLE - "Tug of War"
Submitted by Dave Thomas
Two strong individuals are playing Tug-of-War with a very long, very strong, and very light-weight
rope. The two players are strong enough to keep the rope taut, no matter how long it gets. They are playing the game on the
Megaville Salt Flats, which are smooth and free of obstructions for hundreds of miles. The players are holding the rope four
feet above the ground.
The December Bonus:Assuming that the Earth's radius is 3960 miles, how far apart should the players be for the rope to just touch the ground?
Hall of Fame (December Puzzle Solvers):
Gene Aronson (NM)
Earl Dombroski (NM)
Rocky S. Stone (NM)
Brian Pasko (NM)