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CHALLENGE:

You and a zombie are on a circle with 40,000 km circumference. You both cannot leave the circle, you can only move along the circle in both directions. The zombie will always move towards you at a constant speed of 4 km/h - at every moment it takes the direction where you are less than 20000 km away. If it reaches you, you die.

During the day (16 hours), you can move at a maximal speed of v (larger than 4 km/h). If you get very close to the zombie during the day, you can see it and turn around to avoid it. During the night (8 hours), you have to sleep and cannot move. The zombie does not sleep.

You start in the morning directly after waking up. The zombie starts at an unknown location along the ring. What is the minimal speed v to make sure you can stay safe forever, and how do you do that?

Solved by jbriggs444

At this minimal speed, can you guarantee to get a bit of rest during the day eventually?

Solved by jbriggs444

Can you guarantee to find the zombie?

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