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8 1 Attic Lamp Switch
A downstairs panel contains three on-off switches. One of them controls the lamp in your attic. Using only ONE trip up to the attic, how do you determine which switch controls the lamp?
logic brain teaser Submitted by Valentin
Doable
5.3
8 10 Interview Question - Databases
This is a common interview question at companies like Google and Amazon: “Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.” This question has an infinite number of solutions. Fee ...
Easy
2.7
8 2 All Apples
On the market, mrs. Jones and mrs. Smith sell apples. Mrs. Jones sells her apples per two for 0.50 euro. The apples of Mrs. Smith are a bit smaller; she sells hers per three for 0.50 euro. At a certa ...
mathematics ratios Submitted by Valentin
Doable
4.0
8 8 Prisoners and hats
100 prisoners are standing in a line each 1 seeing the back of the ones in front of him. Each prisoner is given a black or a white hat. If they can guess the color of their hat they can go away freel ...
logic brain teaser Submitted by Valentin
Hard
8.5
8 3 The Tallest Mountain
A man approaches you with a very enigmatic look on his face. He asks your for a bit of your time and if you could answer a quick question for him. He asks: “Before Mt. Everest was discovered, which w ...
riddle Submitted by Ravi
Easy
2.2
8 225 Non-Adaptive 12 Identical Balls
Okay - so I posted this puzzle to reddit a few weeks ago and one guy had the following comment: Same problem, but your solution must be non-adaptive. IOW, specify the weighings that you will make up f ...
Math logic unsolved Submitted by Aakash
Hard
9.0
8 10 Survivor
There are 1500 people sitting around a circular table. They are numbered in a regular manner (1 to 1500 along the table). Now, the 1st person gets a sword and kills the 2nd person. He then gives the s ...
Submitted by Shaheen
Hard
8.5
8 15 The Famous Hole in a Sphere
This incredible problem was first made famous by Martin Gardner with his ‘Mathematical Games’ column published in Scientific American throughout the 60s and 70s. A cylindrical hole, 6 inches long, ...
Math Lateral geometry Submitted by Ravi
Hard
6.7
7 5 Burning Rope
There are two lengths of rope. Each one can burn in exactly one hour. They are not necessarily of the same length or width as each other. They also are not of uniform width (may be wider in middle th ...
Submitted by Ravi
Doable
4.3
7 8 Bug's Eye
You are a bug sitting in one corner of a cubic room. You wish to walk (not fly) to the extreme opposite corner – the corner furthest from you. Describe the shortest path that you can walk.
geometry trigonometry Submitted by Ravi
Doable
3.8
7 10 Psycho Killer
While at the funeral of her mother, she met a man whom she did not know. She thought he was amazing, her dream guy, and she fell in love with him but never asked for his number and could not find him ...
Submitted by Valentin
Easy
3.0
7 10 Cooking Time
A cook must put a souffle exactly 9 minutes at the oven, but he only have a 7 minutes hourglass and a 4 minutes hourglass. How can he measure 9 minutes with those clocks?
logic Submitted by Ravi
Doable
5.7
7 8 Clock Works - Google Interview Question
How many degrees are there in the angle between the hour and minute hands of a clock when the time is a quarter past three?
Easy
3.1
7 2 The bus stop
You’re driving your car to work in the pouring rain when you see three people on the side of the road at an uncovered bus stop. You recognize one as your best friend waiting to go to work, the second ...
Submitted by Aakash
Doable
4.7
7 4 Tea and Wine
You take a spoon of wine from a barrel of wine and put it into your cup of tea. Then you return a spoon of the (non-uniform) mixture of tea and wine from your cup and put it in the barrel. Now you ha ...
Math logic Submitted by Ravi
Doable
4.7