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13 23 Black and White Hats
There are 100 prisoners in jail. Their guards decide to play a game with them. Here's what happens: 1) The prisoners are lined up in a single file, front to back, such that the prisoner at the back of ...
logic prisoners hats Submitted by Aakash
Hard
8.5
12 3 Choose the Next Letter
Choose the next letter in the sequence: O T T F F S S ?
logic patterns sequences Submitted by Ravi
Doable
3.8
12 2 Simple 24
Why is that if p is a prime number bigger than 3, then p^2-1 is always divisible by 24 with no remainder?
Submitted by Aakash
Doable
6.6
12 7 Carpeting a Donut
Given two concentric circles and a chord of the outer circle, tangent to the inner circle, of length 25m, find the area between the two circles. See illustration. No other information needed, all you n ...
Doable
5.5
11 25 Gold or silver?
What weighs more, a pound of silver or a pound of gold?
riddle chemistry Submitted by Jango
Easy
2.0
11 4 Measuring Up
You have a 3 and a 5 litre water container, each container has no markings except for that which gives you its total volume. You also have a running tap. You must use the containers and the tap in su ...
logic brain teaser Submitted by Ravi
Easy
3.1
10 3 Mutilated Chessboard Problem
Suppose a standard 8×8 chessboard has two diagonally opposite corners removed, leaving 62 squares. Is it possible to place 31 dominoes of size 2×1 so as to cover all of these squares?
geometry chess proofs Submitted by Ravi
Hard
7.8
10 4 Two Trains
Two trains (Train A and B) with 200 km between them are travelling towards each other at 100km/h. A mosquito, initially standing on the front of Train A, starts travelling towards Train B at 150km/h. O ...
Math physics rates Submitted by Ravi
Doable
4.5
10 8 Sum of Two Prime Numbers
If p, q > 2 are consecutive in set of primes. Since p,q can only be odd number, (p+q) is an even number. Can (p+q)/2 be prime? from http://republicofmath.com/
Submitted by MoralMachine
Easy
3.2
10 22 3 Coins
Not sure what the answer is, ideas welcome! You have 3 coins, one always comes up heads, the second always comes up tails, and the third is a fair coin. You select a coin at random. After selecting ...
Math help Submitted by city_slick
Easy
3.0
10 211 Fork in the road
You are walking down a road and arrive at a fork that splits the road into two separate paths. When you reach, you meet two identical twins, each standing at the edge of one of the two paths. You h ...
Submitted by Aakash
Doable
6.0
9 12 1978
The year 1978 is such that the sum of the first two digits and the latter two digits is equal to the middle two digits, i.e. 19 + 78 = 97. What is the next year (after 1978) for which this is true?
Doable
6.6
9 4 Three Idols
Here's a classic: Three gods A, B, and C are called, in some order, True, False, and Random. True always speaks truly, False always speaks falsely, but whether Random speaks truly or falsely is a comp ...
Hard
9.1
9 1 Unfair Coin
Say you have an unfair coin: a coin whose probability of flipping heads and flipping tails is unknown but nonzero. Can you design a game where you and your opponent have an equal chance of winning?
Doable
5.0
9 11 The Monty Hall Problem
You’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car and behind the other two doors are goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind ...
Doable
5.5