Two of the pots, 13
and 19, were in their proper places.
As every interchange may result in a pot being put in its place, it is
clear that twenty-two interchanges will get them all in order.
But this number of moves is not the fewest possible, the correct answer
Exchange the following pairs: (3-1, 2-3), (15-4, 16-15), (17-7, 20-17),
(24-10, 11-24, 12-11), (8-5, 6-8, 21-6, 23-21, 22-23, 14-22, 9-14,
When you have made the interchanges within any pair of brackets, all
numbers within those brackets are in their places.
There are five pairs of brackets, and 5 from 22 gives the number of
changes required : 17.