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Turn 6 cards upside down

Six identical cards are placed on a table. Each card has number '1' marked on one side and '2' on the other. All cards are placed with '1' facing upward on a table. In one try, exactly four cards ...
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How can i solve this logical problem?

This problem involves two people. Person A and person B. They can either always tell the truth, or always lie. When asked, person A replies that: "At least one of us is a liar". Does person A ...
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Bride Groom Problem

Let's consider a system of $n$ men and women. Each woman is paired with one man (there are only pairings between a woman and a man in this system). There are $n!$ possible distinct pairings. I refer ...
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Mathematics riddle

The question is as follows: You are taking part in a treasure hunt, where the directions to finding the treasure are given using cryptic clues. You start at a cross-roads, with roads heading out ...
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How to use group theory to solve larrys square iphone app

There's a 2 d version of rubiks cube on apple app store. How can group theory give an algorithm to solve the iPhone app:larry's square.
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Superqueens on a chessboard.

The superqueen is a chess piece that can move like a queen, but also like a knight. What is the maximal number of superqueens on an 8X8 chessboard such that no one can capture an other? Additional ...
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Get $5$ by doing any operations with four $7$s

How can one combine four sevens with elementary operations to get $5$? For example $$\dfrac{(7+7)\times7}{7}$$ (though that does not equal $5$). I am not able to do this. Can you solve it or prove ...
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100 prisoners and a light bulb

I'm curious if there is a solution,however ineffective, for the puzzle when the prisoners do not know whether initially the bulb is on or off. Second, has several bulbs modification of the problem ...
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Using jugs filled with water problem

Given jugs $m$ and $n$ liters (WLOG $m<n$) is it always possible to get all $i$, $0 \leq i \leq n ?$ If so, prove it. If not, explain which $i$ you can get. Is there also a minimum number ...
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The number of ways people standing in a line can be holding hands

I'm writing a program to analyze the maximum unique sequences of data in a string, given certain sets of two can be interpreted in two ways. There's a bit of math that I can't figure out, I've ...
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Is Lewis Carroll's reasoning correct?

A bag contains 2 counters, as to which nothing is known except that each is either black or white. Ascertain their colours without taking them out of the bag. Carroll's solution: One is black, and ...
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How to divide a $4\times 4$ square in six pieces to show that from any seven points in the square, there are two at most $\sqrt 5$ apart?

Let $R$ be a $4 \times 4$ square. For any seven points on $R$, there exists at least two of them, namely $\{A,B\}$, with $d(A,B)\le\sqrt{5}.$ (Old problem): If $R$ is a rectangular region ...
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Game involving points on $[0,1]$

You're given a list of $22$ points in $[0,1]$ (not necessarily distinct), and you're asked to select, at every iteration, $2$ points to be substituted by their midpoint. After $20$ iteration, you ...
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Mathematics of paper fold-cutting

Take a square of paper... ... and fold it any number of times using consecutive straight folds... ... then cut off any number of pieces using consecutive straight cuts... ... and unfold the ...
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On estimating monthly credit card payment amounts (some pragmatic constraints inside)

Right off the bat, I do hope this question doesn't attract a bunch of derisive comments about my personal affairs. I give the lengthy personal anecdote because I don't have the mathematical training ...
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Evaluate $\sqrt{1 + 2\sqrt{1 + 3 \sqrt{1 + \dots}}}$ [duplicate]

I was asked to show that the answer is 3. I don't have any idea on how to proceed. Thanks!
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puzzle on parks

A park contains paths that intersect at various places. The intersections all have the properties that they are 3-way intersections and that, with one exception, they are indistinguishable from each ...
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How old was this man and his son?

A man is twice as old as his son. When his son is the same age as his father was when he was twice as old as his son, both of their ages add to 180 years old. What are the ages of the man and his ...
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Who robbed the bank?

Three suspects are arrested for a bank robbery. Suspect $A$ says he did not rob the bank. Suspect $B$ says he did not rob the bank. Suspect $C$ says suspect $B$ did not rob the bank. If $A$ is ...
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Minimum number of guesses on sum and product required to find two numbers.

I have a series of numbers 1 to N. A system randomly picks up two numbers and computes their sum and product. I have to guess the sum and product, The system will tell if the sum and product are ...
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ABCDE + BCDE + CDE + DE + E = AAAAA

Today I came through this question when one of my friends asked. I don't know if this math.stackexchange community is the right place. I am new but active on other SO communities. Take me easy if this ...
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Find solutions to magic puzzle with sums

I need help to solve the folowing puzzle using linear algebra (matrix and Gauss-Jordan Method): (for example the second horinzontal line: w + w + w + z = 45 or the ...
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Is this Chinese card game solved?

There is a card game here in China, use a standard 52 card deck of cards. Draw four cards and use any elementary operators $(+,-,\times, \div)$, and only use each card value once to get a result of ...
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A Different Type of Knights and Knaves

You arrive on the island with knights and knaves. Like usual, knights can only tell the truth and knaves can only tell lies. You wish to determine the truth of a rumor that one of the inhabitants has ...
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How many are telling the truth? [closed]

Each person in a group of 5 makes a statement. Alex says ''atleast one of us is lying''. Sar says ''atleast two of us are lying''. Esther says ''atleast four of us are lying''. Gaf says ''all of us ...
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Fisherman riddle: Combining probabilities

This is more a probabilities problem than a riddle. The riddle is: I am in a village, where a fisherman lives. The fisherman tells me that there is a 70% possibility that it will rain tomorrow. I ...
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Understanding probabilities in a puzzle solution

I'm having a problem understanding a solution based on probabilities in the following puzzle: Puzzle: There is a "triangular" duel between the three shooters. Everyone shoots one by one, can shoot ...
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Numerical puzzle

I'm stuck here with some numerical rebus - Given: $A^2=BC, A^3=CA$ Find: $A+B+C$ $13$ $12$ $11$ $10$ (only one correct solution) Note that letters represent digits. I can't think of any idea ...
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Right-Angled Isosceles Triangle covering puzzle

Consider a RAIT (right-angled isosceles triangle), from which we remove a RAIT smaller than half its area by a cut perpendicular to the hypotenuse, like this: How many RAITs are required to cover ...
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Deducing correct answers from multiple choice exams

I am looking for an algorithmic way to solve the following problem. Problem Say we are given a multiple choice test with 100 questions, 4 answers per question (exactly one of those four being ...
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Making $121$ with five $0$s

So I say this puzzle online a few days ago and found it quite interesting. The original question was Make $120$ using only five $0$s. Well, I said to myself, this is utterly trivial. Note that ...
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Numbering edges of a cube from 1 to 12 such that sum of edges on any face is equal

Assign one number from 1 to 12 to each edge of a cube (without repetition) such that the sum of the numbers assigned to the edges of any face of the cube is the same. I tried a bunch of equations but ...
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Can a Square be completely filled by smaller squares when none of the smaller squares have same area?

Can a Square $S$ be completely filled by smaller squares $S_i$ when area of $S_i \neq S_j$ whenever $i \neq j$? PS:The image is only meant to clarify the complete filling of squares otherwise it ...
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Most optimal way of grouping sets of game characters

I have been trying to solve this for two days now and have not come up with a good solution. Say if I have 8 character groups, like the following, how could I get them in teams of three so that all ...
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Blue Eyes: A Logic Puzzle, has a puzzling solution (a.k.a. What does common knowledge have to do with it?)

In Blue eyes: a logic puzzle (specifically, the follow up questions), the most common answer is that it needs to be common knowledge that someone has blue eyes for all the blue-eyed people to leave. ...
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How to arrange a pile of coins into two piles such that both piles have equal number of heads up?

You have a pile of 100 coins with 90 tails up and 10 heads up. You have to divide this pile of 100 coins into two piles (may be of unequal size). You are blind-folded and you have to divide it such ...
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Propositional logic problem about a conversation of four people who lie or tell the truth

This is obviously elementary but can't figure it out. I am taking a course named Logic and Introduction to Analysis next semester and wanted to do some reading beforehand but to figure out how deep ...
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Cookie Clicker Chocolate Egg strategy

Introduction Cookie Clicker is a silly Javascript based web game. Here is a brief description of what you do: (description taken from this question: Explain a surprisingly simple optimization result) ...
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How far away is that cloud?

A few weeks ago I was on an airplane and to pass the time started thinking about this problem. Using the following information, I wanted to know how far away a cloud I could see was. Under some ...
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Number of attempts needed to open lock

There are $3$ knobs for a lock $A,B,C$. Each can take $8$ positions, and for each knob there is one correct position. When $2$ of the knobs are at their correct positions, the knob opens (irrespective ...
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Area remaining after maximal number of tiles are laid on a pathway

A rectangular plot measuring $30$ m $\times$ $40$ m has a $2$ m wide pathway in the middle crosswise. Tiles of dimensions $30$ cm $\times$ $50$ cm are laid on the pathway in such a way so that no ...
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Ternary balance with unknown weight

Main references: Ternary (Wolfram MathWorld) Balanced ternary (Wikipedia) Weighing scale: Balance (Wikipedia) <quote> Balanced ternary has other applications besides computing. For example, a ...
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Russian Old Merchant Problems

Anybody know where I can find more of these old merchant problems: Lui: Please tell us a little bit about your early education. Were you already interested in math- ematics as a child? ...
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What exactly are the curves that are a best fit to the Harmonic Cantilever?

Let's start with a few references to get an idea: Daniel Goldwater: Harmonic Cantilever Book Stacking Problem Block-stacking problem Harmonic Series and Bricks Interesting related issues: Maximum ...
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Using 4 '8's, get the number 24

Using only four 8's and only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.. how can you come up with the number 24? You may use fractions and decimals! But remember, you can ONLY USE four 8's
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Why does the filling up of odd order magic square with numbers follow the knight movement?

Why does the filling up of odd order magic square with numbers follow the knight movement? I was reading about magic square, where I came up with the knight movement filling up of the magic square ...
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Subtraction Game

I recently read about the Nim Subtraction Game. I have a variant, Suppose you have N stones and two players Alice and Bob, who can choose to pick either 1 stones or K stones. If Alice plays first when ...
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How to efficiently generate a set uniformly distributed numbers that add to $n$.

I am in need of a more generalized solution to this problem. I have a random number generator that generates numbers from 0 to 1. Using this, I want to find $r$ numbers that add to $n$. How do I do ...
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What is the shortest way to write the number $1234567890$?

Here's a challenge : find the shortest way to write the number $1234567890$ . There is several ways to write the number $1234567890$ : $1.23456789 × 10^9$ $2×3^2×5×3607×3803$ $617283945×2$ But ...