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7 7 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
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
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
7.1
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
7 8 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
3 4 Tooth Paste, : Profit
There are 2 Persons, Who Saves Money. One person Bought a tooth Paste of 100 gms, for Rs. 40. The second person Buys, Two 50 gms for Rs. 20 each. at same shop, the same company of Pastes. No Extra past ...
Doable
6.0
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
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
5 5 Betsy and Patsy
“We were born on the same day of the same year,” said Betsy. “And we have the same mother and father,” said Patsy. “But we’re not twins!” the two exclaimed. Can you explain?
Doable
3.5
8 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
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
Hard
6.7
4 5 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
6.4
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
7.1
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
9.0