8 and 8 Pitcher Puzzle

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You have one 16-quart pitcher full of water, an empty 9-quart pitcher, and an empty 7-quart pitcher. Using nothing but these three pitchers, can you divide the water evenly so that the 16-quart pitcher and 9-quart pitcher are each holding exactly 8 quarts of water?


Hint: The shortest solution requires 15 moves.


Contributed by: Min Ho Bae (February 2015)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Inspired by Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a video game developed by Level-5.

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