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8 8 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 ...
6 8 Happy Handshaking
Jack and his wife went to a party where four other married couples were present. Every person shook hands with everyone he or she was not acquainted with. When the handshaking was over, Jack asked ev ...
Submitted by Valentin
8 8 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
7 6 The Neighbourhood
People say Einstein suggested that 98% of the world’s population couldn’t figure out the answer to this puzzle. It is not for the faint of heart: There are 5 houses each with a different color. Th ...
5 8 The Stealing Mailman
This is a fairly simple problem that can cause some people trouble. Kevin and Sophia want to mail high confidential letters between each other. They know that the mailman is crooked and opens the le ...
logic cryptography Submitted by Ravi
6 8 Find the Missing Number
In this table, each row across follows the same pattern of numbers. See if you can discern the pattern and fill in the missing number in the bottom row. 7 4 8 3 9 7 6 5 10 ? ...
patterns Submitted by Ravi
7 4 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
5 4 Troll Toll
You are on your way to visit your Grandma, who lives at the end of the valley. It’s her birthday, and you want to give her the cakes you’ve made. Between your house and her house, you have to cross ...
Submitted by Aakash
10 1 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
5 13 Crazy Google Interview Question
You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving ...
8 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
9 2 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 ...
5 6 Lab Rat on the Run
Consider a lab rat in a maze. There are four paths that can be taken with equal probability. Path A leads to exit in 5 minutes. Path B leads back to start and takes 8 minutes. Path C leads to exit in 3 ...
5 1 Age of Three Kids
One day, a guy from census come into a house. When he rings the bell, a lady comes out. He then asks how many people lives in her house, and their age. And then she says: I am 45 years old. I have thr ...
7 3 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