Having decided to do some out-
Snurklifer and Refilkruns have arranged for you to meet the leaders of the Glectorsh and Hinxdolr clans so that you can get permission to do fieldwork on their respective languages. Fortunately, everyone also speaks Galactic Normal Forty-
At the meeting, the Glectorsh leader gives you a Saber-
The Hinxdolr leader is outraged, and threatens to disallow any and all fieldwork unless the Hinxdolr can also give you a gift of similar value. You agree, but the Glectorsh leader demands to accompany you, along with a pair of Glectorsh warriors. The Hinxdolr leader agrees, but also decides to bring along a pair of warriors.
Everything is going fine as you hike from the central meeting place toward the Hinxdolr capital city. Then you come to a river. There is a sturdy looking raft, but it will only hold 2 beings at a time (you, a Hinxdolr, a Glectorsh, or Fluffy). Fluffy informs you, telepathically, that only the Glectorsh or Hinxdolr leaders are allowed to pilot the raft across the river. Further, if either leader leaves one or both of their warriors with the other leader, the other leader would likely kill the warriors, even if you are present (and Fluffy vows not to get involved). The warriors will not fight amongst themselves if neither of their leaders are present. Also, Fluffy, as your life-
How do you get everyone across in the fewest trips?
If you think you know how to get everyone safely across the river so you can continue your fieldwork, send you solution to the editors of SpecGram by August 15th, 2010. You could win a SpecGram magnet. Our answer, right or wrong, and winners, if any, will be announced in an upcoming issue of Speculative Grammarian.