Lost at Sea
You have chartered a yacht with three friends, for the holiday trip of a lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean. Because none of you have any previous sailing experience, you have hired an experienced skipper and two-person crew.
Unfortunately in mid Atlantic a fierce fire breaks out in the ships galley and the skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the blaze. Much of the yacht is destroyed and is slowly sinking.
Your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio equipment have been damaged in the fire. Your best estimate is that you are many hundreds of miles from the nearest landfall.
You and your friends have managed to save 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire. In addition, you have salvaged a four man rubber life craft and a box of matches.
Your task is to rank the 15 items in terms of their importance for you, as you wait to be rescued. Place the number 1 by the most important item, the number 2 by the second most important and so forth until you have ranked all 15 items.
A sextant A shaving mirror A quantity of mosquito netting A 25 liter container of water A case of Army rations Maps of the Pacific Ocean A floating seat cushion A 10 liter can of oil/gas mixture A small transistor radio 20 square feet of opaque plastic sheeting A can of shark repellant One bottle of 160 proof Rum 15 feet of nylon rope 2 boxes of chocolate bars An ocean fishing kit and pole