# Fit ten horses in nine boxes [closed]

Here is my puzzle:

How can you fit ten horses in nine boxes?

Here are the boxes:

Rules:

• All boxes must be filled
• No additional boxes can be created

Good luck :)

• Does one box can only contains one horse? Jun 1, 2015 at 13:22
• That's what I was about to ask Jun 1, 2015 at 13:24
• Somewhat relevant: xkcd.com/169 Jun 1, 2015 at 13:30
• @NSPredator Should all the horses be alive? Jun 1, 2015 at 14:04
• Easy, you chop one of the horses into 9 equal pieces and put one-and-a-ninth horses in each box.
– A E
Jun 3, 2015 at 15:26

Put 8 male horses to first 8 box and put a pregnant female horse to last room.

• This would be a fantastic answer if the question had the 'lateral-thinking' tab! Jun 1, 2015 at 13:58
• @shyos why not 9 pregnant horses and say you have put 18 horses in 9 boxes. ;-) Jun 1, 2015 at 14:02
• why not 36, and all 9 are having triplets? :) (although, after googling, it is so rare that triplet births in horses have never once been known to result in 3 surviving babies, and twins is also rare and usually ends in deaths)
– JLee
Jun 1, 2015 at 14:13
• @JLee well, there is no ruls on the question indicates that horses cant be dead, still counts :)
– shy
Jun 1, 2015 at 15:31

You can place the 9 letters of "ten horses" in the boxes: T E N H O R S E S

Obviously, this. I can't think anything else really.

|1 | 2 |3 | 4 | 5 |6 | 7 |8 | 9 |
[T][E][N][H][O][R][S][E][S]

Now the real challenge is to make up new valid answers..

If you order the boxes like this:  +---+---+---+---+ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | +---+---+---+---+ | 5 | | 6 | +---+---+---+---+ | 7 | 8 | 9 |//// +---+---+---+////  you get a spot in the middle that is no box but yet big enough for the tenth horse, and you can get to it by moving box 6 to the shaded zone.