Minimum time to cross the river – a puzzle


Jose, Carlos, Linda, and Anna need to cross a bridge. It was dark and they only have one torch which they need to use to cross the bridge. Each of them have crossed the bridge before alone.

Jose can run and cross it for one minute.

Carlos can also do it in two minutes.

Linda needs five minutes to cross the bridge while Anna needs ten minutes.

The bridge is narrow and not too strong so it can only carry two people at a time.

What is the minimum number of minutes it would take all the four people to cross the bridge?

hanging bridge

Write your answer and solutions in the comment section. Enjoy.



Author: Erlina Ronda

4 thoughts on “Minimum time to cross the river – a puzzle”

    1. Since they have passed the bridge alone before. 10min and 5min pass together in 10min while other two pointing the torch to their way and followed by 2 min and 1 min pass together with torch in 2min. That makes total 12 min minimum.

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