Tantalizer 433: Service break
20 March 2019
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From New Scientist #984, 22nd January 1976 [link]
Once a year, when the sand is right for sand castles, the trout are rising nicely in the streams and the hart is doing its proverbial panting, the New Scientist decides to remove the grime from its typewriters and moth from its editors. The latter then take off for the hills, having summoned the old team of Amble, Bumble, Crumble and Dimwit to attend the former.
The task always takes longer than it should because the four worthies are not all available. Three years ago Amble, Bumble and Crumble did it in 12 days. Two years ago Bumble, Crumble and Dimwit managed it in 15 days. Last year Amble, Crumble and Dimwit knocked it off in 18 days. And this year Amble, Bumble and Dimwit were expecting to romp through it in 20 days, until Amble and Bumble fell under a bus.
If the whole job falls on Dimwit, how many days will it take?