Cracker Barrell Jumping Game

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You've seen this game on every table at every one of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.  I don't know the actual name for this little thing but it's a triangular piece of wood with 15 holes and 14 golf tees that is designed to frustrate and make us all fell like morons.


The game seems simple enough: you start by leaving any one hole empty and then proceed to jump over a tee (which you then remove from the board) until there is only one tee left.  If you leave one you are a "genius", leave 2 you are "perty smart" , leave 3 or more and you are the "village idiot".

It took me a little while, but I got this thing figured out.  At least one way.  Here it is.



The image cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. So if you want you can print this out and impress all your friends on how to solve this mind numbing game, but you have to start with #5 open and have to do it in this order.

14 jumps to 5.

7 jumps to 9

12 jumps 14

2 jumps to 7

11 jumps to 4

3 jumps to 8

10 jumps to 3

1 jumps to 6

6 jumps to 13

14 jumps to 12

4 jumps to 13

12 jumps to 14

15 jumps to 13

Disclaimer:  If you bet your first born child on the outcome of a game using my strategy and you lose, then you cant sue me.  Good luck!! 

I am also well aware that there are other ways to solve it, here is just one example.

Comments (9)

Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

HOLY COW...I play that stupid little game everytime we go into Cracker Barrel (they don't have them in Vegas, so go when traveling)...I think I've only won it once or come along and figure it out!  How long did it take???????? I'm going to print this out and amaze my son when we go to see him next time and visit CB!  CUTE Blog!!!

Aug 12, 2007 08:44 AM
Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro
Central Pacific Homeloans - Honolulu, HI

YIKES Tony -- your solution is greatly appreciated but it does make my head hurt.  Aloha

Aug 12, 2007 08:54 AM
Dan Forbes
Bradenton, FL

Someone has way too much time on their hands.  LOL 

Thanks for the solution to one of life's challenges.

Aug 12, 2007 08:54 AM
Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds - Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Real Estate
I love that game and play it everytime I go there.
Aug 12, 2007 10:18 AM
Ilyce N. Powell
Financial Revitalize - Baltimore, MD
CMPS- Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Ditto, Linda. I could never leave fewer than 2 or 3 pegs nor could I remember what I did the last time.  LOL
Aug 12, 2007 10:23 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
OK, the next time I go into the Cracker Barrel I will jot down your "guide." I always leave a couple or three or four the CB scale I am jut plain dumb! I guess you had some spare time so you could tutor us!
Aug 12, 2007 11:28 AM
Tony D. Howell
The best place EVER! - Wilmington, NC

Mary - it took about an hour and a half and a few beers!  *wink*

Bruce - Sorry about

Dan - no problem

Linda and Ilyce - Well next time you'll know how to do it!  :-)

Gary - Glad to help! 

Aug 12, 2007 12:21 PM
Bjorn Fin
Bjorns Real Estate - New York, NY
Selling playfully!

It is especially frustrating to waste time waiting. And it is even more offensive when there is time, but nothing to occupy. These pauses are easily filled with jumping games. There is nothing to do - so at least I'll play. Then it often turns out that we "lose" more time on games than we saved. But is it so lost? Yes, during this time we could build a house, plant a tree, catch a beaver who came to gnaw our tree ... And it’s easier to have children when you don’t sit at your computer until morning. Not to mention raising them. But, in all honesty, do we consider the time spent in games so lost? Even if we do, it’s not completely sincere. Why? Because there are other reasons why people play games.

Mar 17, 2021 02:40 AM
Henrik Jensen
FG production - Arboga, CA

It took me a little while, but I got this thing figured out.  At least one way. 

Mar 17, 2021 02:57 AM