Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Puzzling Week: The Tortoise and the Hare

The time has come to clear the hare’s bad name as a lazy show-off whose arrogance leads to spoiled opportunities. In fact, it is the conduct of the tortoise that deserves our scrutiny, for this leather-skinned reptile is nothing but a cheat! Recently uncovered information proves that the tortoise’s celebrated come-from-behind victory over the speedier hare was a resul tof shrewd deceit, not praiseworthy persistence.

Years after the famous footrace, the hare challenged the tortoise to a rematch on roller blades. The hare was able to skate at a rate of 15 miles per hour (mph) while the tortoise could skate at the rate of only 12 mph. Knowing he was slower, the tortoise made up a lame excuse for being given a 27-mile head start in the 165 mile race. These are the basic facts of the story.

Who won the race? Was the head-start fair? Explain your reasoning.


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