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12 7 Carpeting a Donut
Given two concentric circles and a chord of the outer circle, tangent to the inner circle, of length 25m, find the area between the two circles. See illustration. No other information needed, all you n ...
Doable
5.5
18 13 Cocktail Party
You are observing a cocktail party that has seven guests. You notice that each guest shakes hands with one another once they meet, but never again. How many handshakes occurred during the cocktail part ...
Easy
2.4
19 11 Going to the Track
The London racetrack needs to submit its top three horses to the Kentucky Derby next month in order to compete for a prize. However in a recent electrical storm, all the racetrack's previous race histo ...
logic mathematics Submitted by Nikhil
Doable
6.2
56 62 All the King's Wine
So there's this king. Someone breaks into his wine cellar where he stores 1000 bottles of wine. This person proceeds to poison one of the 1000 bottles, but gets away too quickly for the king's guard ...
logic mathematical Submitted by Aakash
Hard
7.5
16 3 100 Light Bulbs
There are 100 light switches, all of them are off. First, you walk by them, turning all of them on. Next, you walk by them turning every other one off. Then, you walk by them changing every third on ...
mathematical logical Submitted by Aakash
Hard
7.6
5 7 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 7 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 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
6 6 The Female Star
My first two letters are a man. The first three a woman. The first four are a brave man. And in whole I am a brave woman.
riddle word puzzle Submitted by Valentin
Doable
4.3
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 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
3 9 The Cabin
There is a man lying face-down, dead, in the middle of a cabin. The cabin is in the middle of the woods. There are windows, but they do not open. What is going on?
Doable
5.4
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
4 2 Gone Camping
Camp Crona’s cook, Allison, was just about to begin preparing the picnic lunch for all the campers. She already knew she needed to fill 55 bowls of the same size and capacity with the same amount of fo ...
mathematics Submitted by Aakash
Easy
3.1
3 6 Are the lines parallel?
Are the horizontal lines in the picture parallel?
illusion Submitted by Valentin
Easy
2.4