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Oxbridges of Konigsberg - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Oxbridges of Konigsberg
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jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: February 11th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! You have just invented Oxienteering.

What you do now is give the participants a GPS each and get them to walk their chosen route, collecting stamps from the porters of each college they visit. Once they have all the stamps, they use the GPS to find out how far they've walked. At the end, take the route of the person who claims the shortest distance, walk it again and check they haven't cheated. It's not proven to be correct, but it's a good first estimate.

This acceptance of rough and ready answers may make me a physicist.
j4 From: j4 Date: February 11th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
We really should actually do this, you know. :-) Though possibly with two categories for entry, one pedestrian and one quite exciting cycling.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: February 12th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
The thing I like about it is that the winner isn't the person who's the quickest, but the one who travels least far. (Yes, sorry for ignoring your cycling stipulation, but it does work both ways.)

Probably the easiest way to do it would be to propose it as a challenge in a letter to the OxStu and the Cherwell offering a very small prize and let the geekocracy puzzle it out; it could rattle on for weeks in the lettercol and percolate through to the newsgroups...
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