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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?
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
6 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 12 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 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
9 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
4 4 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?
9 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?
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
5 6 Partitioning a set
In how many ways can a set of r objects be partitioned into subsets of k objects such that: all subsets are mutually exclusive each of k-object subset appears in exactly one of the partitions [Partit ...
4 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
5 2 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
7 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
6 1 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
5 8 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