"Man Your Stations"
A Hyperproof puzzle by Brian Kling
No CON rules allowed!
"Man Your Stations" is based on the popular TV show, Star Trek:
The Next Generation. It features the relative positions of the
bridge officers of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D --- with some important
omissions. In this problem, dodecahedrons represent command crew
members (red shirts); cubes represent engineering and security (gold
shirts); and tetrahedrons represent medical personnel (blue shirts).
The sizes of the blocks represent the relative ranks of each crew
member, with large being the highest rank.
Crew members featured:
- Dr. Crusher
- Ensign Scrub-of-the-Week
Although based on Star Trek, unenlightened non-Trek fans will find
this problem as challenging and enjoyable as their Trekkie
One possible solution is presented in a separate file called "Man Your
Stations Solution" (not yet available on Bringsjord's web site). Many
other solutions are possible.
For reference, rank and bridge layout concur with the seventh season
of Star Trek: The Next Generation.