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July 9, 2007

#287: NP-Complete


My Hobby:

Embedding NP-Complete problems in restaurant orders

[[A menu is shown]]

Chotchkies Retaurant


Mixed Fruit 2.15

French Fries 2.75

Side Salad 3.35

Hot Wings 3.55

Mozzarella Sticks 4.20

Sampler Plate 5.80

[[Three people sit at a table. One man at the table is ordering from a waiter]]

Man at table: We’d like exactly $15.05 worth of appetizers, please.

Waiter: … Exactly? Uhh …

Man at table: Here, these papers on the knapsack problem might help you out.

Waiter: Listen, I have six other tables to get to -

Man at table: - As fast as possible, of course. Want something on traveling salesman?