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A policeman has to patrol a certain number of streets, arranged in a
4 by 4 block.
He tends to walk from one corner of this block (A) to the opposite corner (B), but tries to take a different route each
time. In this way, he hopes to deter would-be criminals and also gives himself something intellectual to do, to pass the
oh-so-long night hours…
He does like to take an ‘efficient’ route, as short as possible, but still finds he has lots of choice…
How many such routes are there from A to B ?
What would be the answer if the block measured 10 by 10 ?
How long might it take him to try all these routes ?
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