Ah, time to test the collective brains of banders around the world... If you have 2 pieces of rope, both of which take exactly 1 hour to burn from one end to the other, but have varying thickness and weave and so burn at an irregular rate, how can you measure 45 minutes using just the ropes and a lighter? (Question stolen from uni magazine)

yeah... act dumb for a bit could ya... actually, just to see how many people get it, pm me when you do...

Nice one. If peope are struggling you could give a clue in how many matches they would need to use.......

Drummergurl, just think about it carefully. Think what you know for sure about the ropes and use that to help you. Lynchie, I've just pm-d you with my solution. :-D

quite impressed so far... people on tmp are more intelligent than drunk uni students at the 4th best uni in the country... ps. we'd like to thank you for all the taxes, they're being well invested... honest...

Our MD is always telling the young 'uns in our Community Band that they're more intelligent than their classmates - apparently pupils who play musical instruments do better in exams. I'm not sure whether that is because intelligent people are more likely to play instruments or whether the instrument playing encourages pupils/students to work harder/more effectively.

well, pontins is out of the way, so here's the answer... Light both ends of one rope and one end of the other. When the first rope is burnt out that's 30 minutes, so then light the other end of the second rope, which has already burnt for 30 minutes so burning from both ends will take a further 15 minutes, giving you 45 minutes! Yaye! Well done to Nat Ronnie the Lizard Jan H BoBo Flugel Gal and TheMusicMan (who got it on his first attempt, and wanted everyone to know...) No prizes unfortunately, just a warm feeling of smug self-satisfaction...