Carson, Emily, Emma and Madison have to walk through a long dark tunnel. They only have one torch between them so a maximum of two people can go through the tunnel at any one time. Each person takes a different amount of time to get through the tunnel and if two people walk together they must walk at the rate of the slowest.
Carson takes 2 minutes,
Emily takes 5 minutes,
Emma takes 9 minutes,
Madison takes 11 minutes.
What is the least amount of time for all four to walk through the tunnel?
If Emma and Madison walk through the tunnel together it will take 11 minutes, If Emma then walks the torch back through the tunnel a total of 20 minutes will have passed. Continue till all four are at the other end of the tunnel.
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