胜利者不是跑得最快的人 而是拒绝认输的人 — 达勒·哈恩特
The night before the Death Race across the Wastelands is set to begin,
your uncle, the great inventor Slate Kanoli,
你叔叔 伟大的发明家Slate Kanoli
got kidnapped by the ruthless No-Side gang.
The only way to get him back is to race his Coil Runner
against the gang yourself.
Win and they’ll give back your uncle.
Lose and you’ll forfeit the Coil Runner and all his other creations.
如果输了 代价是失去Coil Runner和你叔叔所有的发明
As the grueling race gets underway,
you find yourself falling further and further behind.
Your only chance is to take a shortcut your uncle told you about––
the Flux Ravine gambit.
Fortunately, the Coil Runner comes equipped with emergency turbo thrusters.
幸运的是 Coil Runner配备了多个应急涡轮推进器
Unfortunately, your uncle was a notorious tinkerer,
and the system still had some kinks to work out.
Just minor things like the ignition exploding,
the reactor leaking, or the oxygen levels depleting—
any of which would end your racing career immediately.
Before his kidnapping,
Uncle Slate determined that each of these critical failures
was the ultimate result of a chain reaction
originating in the thrusters.
He was also certain that while one factor could trigger two different effects,
and two factors could each independently lead to the same effect,
no effect is caused by two factors in conjunction.
However, Uncle Slate never got around to pinpointing
which thruster was responsible for which error.
All you have are the notes from his test runs:
1. When thrusters B and C are on, the Fuel gauge glows.
1 推进器B C启动时 燃油表会闪烁
2. When thrusters A, B, and D are on,
2 推进器A B和D启动时
the Fuel gauge glows and the Helium tank rattles.
3. When thrusters C, D, and E are on,
3 推进器C D和E启动时
the Fuel gauge glows and the Gravitometer spins.
4. When thrusters A, D, and E are on,
4 推进器A D和E启动时
the Gravitometer spins and the Helium tank rattles.
5. Shortly after the Helium tank rattles and the Gravitometer spins,
5 一旦氦气罐响 重力仪指针旋转
the Ignition explodes and the Oxygen levels deplete.
6. Shortly after the Fuel gauge glows and the Gravitometer spins,
6 当燃油表闪烁 重力仪指针旋转后不久
the Reactor leaks.
You need to use as many thrusters as possible
to give yourself the best chance at clearing the gap,
without triggering any of the three catastrophic failures.
Which thrusters should you activate?
Answer in 3
Answer in 2
Answer in 1
The most important thing to remember here
is that even if we know that one thing causes another,
the converse is not necessarily true.
For example, this panic switch shuts off the coil runner’s engine.
But the engine being off doesn’t necessarily mean
the panic switch was engaged—
the coil runner could be out of fuel, or damaged
or turned off normally.
We can, however, conclude that if the engine is running,
the panic switch hasn’t been engaged.
With that in mind, one way we can start is to work backwards
from the three defects that could knock you out of the race.
So let’s look at Slate’s last two notes,
since they give direct information about those.
The Gravitometer spins in both cases, but the results are different.
That means the spinning Gravitometer
can’t be the cause of any particular malfunction.
If it were, the same thing would happen each time.
So we can conclude that a glowing Fuel gauge makes the reactor leak,
while a rattling Helium tank makes the Ignition explode
and depletes the Oxygen levels.
Once we know which two errors we need to avoid,
we can make a table and use the logic of cause and effect
to see which thrusters trigger them.
Since the Helium tank is fine during the first test run
when thrusters B and C are active,
we can assume neither makes it rattle.
And from the third run we know that D and E don’t either.
That leaves thruster A,
which was indeed used in the second and fourth test runs
where the Helium tank rattled.
Now what causes the glowing Fuel gauge?
From the fourth test run we know it can’t be thrusters A, D, or E.
So is the culprit, B, C, or each of them separately?
The answer can be found in the second and third test runs:
the fuel tank glowed in both, but B was activated in one,
and C in the other.
That means the B and C thrusters each independently
make the Fuel tank glow.
It looks like the A, B, and C thrusters are off limits.
现在看来似乎A B C都不能用了
Fortunately, the other two are just enough to clear the jump.
You rocket into first place
and the gang begrudgingly hands over your uncle.
He thanks you profusely, and decides to celebrate your victory
with a cup of tea from his latest contraption…