Curiosity killed the chicken

In our Monday assemblies, we have been exploring the character virtue of Curiosity, one of our five golden virtues at Monteagle.

This week we were challenged to solve a logic puzzle involving a farmer, a hungry fox, a peckish chicken and an indifferent sheaf of grain.


Here’s the problem. Can you solve it?

A man has to get a fox, a chicken, and a sheaf of grain across a river.

He has a rowboat, and it can only carry him and one other thing.

If the fox and the chicken are left together, the fox will eat the chicken.

If the chicken and the grain are left together, the chicken will eat the grain.

How does the man do it?