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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
Hard
6.7
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 ...
Hard
7.5
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
Doable
6.5
7 9 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
8.7
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
Doable
6.0
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
Doable
3.8
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 ...
Doable
6.0
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
Doable
5.3
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
Doable
4.7
4 8 Don't Mate in One
This problem was first publicized by Karl Fabel, a German chess problemist. Find a move for white that will not result in an immediate checkmate of the black king.
logic chess Submitted by Aakash
Doable
6.6
12 1 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
Hard
7.3
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
Hard
7.5
9 1 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
5 2 Matchsticks
This is a classic Martin Gardner puzzle. See the picture - the four matchsticks represent a martini glass and the match head represents an olive. Move just two matches so that the glass is reformed bu ...
logic spatial Submitted by Aakash
Doable
3.6
5 6 Balloon in an Elevator
A person is holding on to a helium balloon in an elevator. The elevator cable snaps, and at the exact same moment, the person lets go of the helium balloon. In the perspective of the person in the el ...
physics relativity Submitted by Aakash
Hard
7.7