01/02/2011 - Not even Phil Bredesen, a Harvard graduate with a degree in physics, could figure out the jumping peg puzzle immediately.
Running across the familiar, triangle-shaped solitaire game during a campaign stop in the early 1990s, Bredesen tried repeatedly to eliminate all but the last peg. Each time, he would leave two, three, four pegs.
"He didn't do this because it was easy and because he loves young kids," said Libby Doggett, deputy director for the Pew Center on the States, which supports prekindergarten programs. "I think he looked at the research."