Saturday, December 6, 2008

Poisened Drink Puzzle

Poisened Drink Puzzle

A rich old man has died. After his death, his children are surprised to learn that he has left all of his money to his oldest son Jeremiah, who loved him dearly, and ignored his other children, who hated him.

So, the funeral is a day or two later, and the other sons and daughters have decided to kill Jeremiah and take his inheritance. Since his father's death, Jeremiah has taken to drinking, and they know that, at the wake, he's going to be gulping down the liquor like it was nectar of the gods. So they decide to poison the drinks. One of the other sons, Wallace, tends bar, and gets the poison all ready.

So Jeremiah comes up, crying and depressed, and orders a scotch on the rocks. Wallace serves him one, and he chugs it down in two seconds. "Give me another." Wallace gives him a second glass of scotch, which he also drinks in a matter of moments. The other siblings are puzzled...the poison is fast-acting; Jeremiah should be convulsing on the floor and retching his guts out. Finally, fifteen minutes later, a rather inebriated and very much alive Jeremiah orders one last glass of scotch, but as Wallace hands it to him, he changes his mind and leaves, sobbing. The other siblings come over to Wallace, and wonder what's going on. They talk about what could have gone wrong for a few minutes, and figure the poison's harmless. So Wallace sips the drink he poured for Jeremiah, and is pronounced DOA thirty minutes later.

Why did Jeremiah live? (He had no immunity to the poison, he didn't know it was coming, and the poison was obviously deadly.)


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Engineer vs Management

Engineer vs Management
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She reduced altitude and spotted a man below.
She descended a bit more and shouted, 'Excuse me sir, can you help me ? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am.'

The man below replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.'

'You must be an engineer,' said the lady balloonist.
'I am’, replied the man. 'How did you know ?'

'Well, answered the balloonist, 'everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me at all. If anything you've delayed my trip even more.'

The man below responded, ‘You must be in management.'
'I am,' replied the lady balloonist, 'but, how did you know ?'

'Well,' said the man, 'You don't know where you are, or where you're going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air within. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you, to solve your problems

Monday, November 10, 2008

Klueless Puzzle IV - Solution/Answers - Level 11-18

Klueless Puzzle IV - Solution/Hints - Level 11-18
The klueless puzzle at IIM Indore have newer version. Klueless 4 The fourth in its series. haven't actually got time to go through but here are few answers/spoilers for level 11 thru 8. Will be adding the hints later. For Answers to Level 1thru 10. Click here
WARNING : Dont look at these if you want to try it yourself

Level 11. This was easy.. being a cricket follower. The three names - Warner, Edrich and Compton are the three stands of Lord's Cricket Ground, others being Mound , Tavern, Allen , i suppose. Further it is also called as the Mecca of Cricket. Hence it makes perfect sense that this level belongs to this ground. But Lord's is a single name and page source suggests it should be two words. A further searching revealed its original name which made perfect sense saying "Four" in the title and bingo here it is .... "Dorset Square"

Level 12. The image shown is a fractal(i felt this was physics but why "Maths is fun" here?). Thanks to a course in IIT, i recognize this fractal (after all the only fascinating thing in course was fractal), and the name was so easily suggested by Nelson Mandela. I keyed in.... Mandelbrot

Level 13. Now that was pretty bad. I was stuck for 3 hours, i admit i am bad at ciphers. The source says "letters" but what letters and "Title is nothing more than the title". Then kept looking at the title, searched Google. Then i saw "TITLE = This Is The Level Entry". One of the first tries to decipher a cipher was to take first letter of each word. Now that said for typing in the complete text

"To order reigning utterly lethal executor that has exhibited most amateur lustful longings. To override fundamentally intoxicating natural disaster that has emitted martyrdon. To observe bolts rescinding in new garden that has everything mortified and lack-lustre; and no day in new time has ever dawned after royal kingdon nested every sober serenity bound in natural devilry that has ever materialized"

Took the first letters :
T o r u l e t h e m a l l
T o f i n d t h e m
To b r i n g t h e m a l l a n d i n t h e d a r k n e s s b i n d t h e m
to rule them all
to find them
to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

And now it was easy "Lord of the rings". The movies which my brother saw every third day and have 10 CDs and 6 DvDs. How can i forget this. The complete dialogue was
One ring to rule them all
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

SO it is... onering. Change the url now to onering.asp

Level 14. Now search page source hint on Google "the precious ring of Victorian times". It tells the complete history about the rings. Now i came to know, where from the words "Love, dearest, regard etc" came. These are actually the name of stones like Regard: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, and Diamond. Now i had to find a seven letter word as suggested by these stones. That was ..... DEAREST

Level 15.
Level 15a : "many very elderly men just snooze under newspapers" .. a mnemonic to learn the planets of solar system in order. Source says find the missing one.. That would be .... Pluto

Level 15c: Muted Lamb refers to the movie "Silence of the lambs" .“man eating man” suggests the character "Hannibal the Cannibal"

Level 15x: Dead end is a dead end. Come back to level 15 and choose other door.

Level 15b: Butterfly effect suggests us to go back in the puzzle and put your user name and password there to find the way to next level

Level 16: Look at the title. You need to change some words to make it second person. Use the chat lingo. Source says: Why have many when only one is sufficient? remove many and keep one." need to keep an I on all the minor things all by urself or b doomed”
Look at the title, remove it from wht u have after removing many…. Decode it

Level 17:Follow the hints provided in title. Hanged man? Funny things cards. You can use them even if they are held upside down.

Level 18: A matrix of number and a few lines.
Find the answers to the first 2 questions,Connect the answers Watch the title.
You need to use this dictionary to find out the answer. Try differenct permutations and combinations remembering its a matrix

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Totem Destroyer Puzzle

Totem Destroyer Puzzle Game

Description : There are 25 Totems located in each world. You need to bring them down, but don't just go pulling the trigger everywhere. You must rescue golden idol, the Idol must not fall on the ground.

A good enough mind boggling puzzle. Size being 2.5 Mb you may need to wait for a while or download here : right click here and save to your system.
Here is the link to the puzzle where i actually found it. Puzzles could be available at many locations.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Klueless Puzzle IV - Solution/Hints - Level 1-10

Klueless Puzzle IV - Solution/Answers - Level 1-10
For level 11 thru 15 answers click here
The klueless puzzle at IIM Indore have newer version. Klueless 4 The fourth in its series. haven't actually got time to go through but here are few answers/spoilers for level 1 thru 10. Will be adding the hints later.
WARNING : Dont look at these if you want to try it yourself
Level 1. Good enough.. Click on enter.

Level 2. fill it with the colored word .. Play

Level 3. copy the missing/incorrect letters.. Cakewalk

Level 4. This one is country specific. I got no clue from numbers, Ji Mantriji refers to Prime minister. Look at the source code, it says 'None Before'. So the first prime minister of India. You go and type - Jawaharlal Nehru. It will tell you to put only the second name ... Nehru

Level 5. Need to fill in the missing word, i.e. Power of " ..... " . Something is different on the page, only one Sponser , Page source also tells about "business technology consulting has emerged in IT" , so that tells something related to Cognizant. Page Url "cbc.asp" . Whats the connection in cbc and cognizant? find it out. Thats Cognizant Business Consulting.. easy on google. Now go to CBC page on Cognizant site, again get the url through google or from the sitemap. Now look at the content of the page. Hey its visible clearly ... "power of advice"

Level 6. Donald Duck. Page source says "you are stuck in middle of nowhere" and nAMe.. the middle part is highlighted. Try the middle name of donald duck, just google it.... its - "Fauntleroy"

Level 7. ottff--en-- : find the series, en makes it find easy. its first character of counting.. o=one , t=two, t=three, f=four, f=five, ..... So missing characters sste. Now the source code, image url is 1432.jpg. Just put it in this order. 1=s,2=s,3=t,4=e.. this makes it .. sets

Level 8. Comet : whizzing by in the sky and one of the reindeer of Santa. It says the answer is of two words. Hence it must now be a comet. The first comet that came to my mind.... halley’s comet

Level 9. Just look at the url, it says gibberish. I didnt know what that is. Just google it. Found Gibberish is the other name of a game called PIGLATIN hence... piglatin

Level 10 The relation being the married celebrities. The ones missing are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It suggests the combination is required.. brangelina


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fastest to 50 Puzzle

Fastest to 50 Puzzle
Two players are playing a time pass game. They decide to take turns and out integers. The first person to call out “50” wins keeping in mind the following rules:
1. The person starting first should call out the number between 1 to 10 (inclusive)
2. The next player should call out a new number which must exceed the most recent number called by at least one and by no more than 10.

Do you want to go first, and if so, what is your strategy?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Catch the cheating husband puzzle

Catch the Cheating Husband Puzzle
In a certain matriarchal town, the women all believe in an old prophecy that says there will come a time when a stranger will visit the town and announce whether any of the men folks are cheating on their wives. The stranger will simply say “yes” or “no”, without announcing the number of men implicated or their identities. If the stranger arrives and makes his announcement, the women know that they must follow a particular rule: If on any day following the stranger’s announcement a woman deduces that her husband is not faithful to her, she must kick him out into the street at 10 A.M. the next day. This action is immediately observable by every resident in the town. It is well known that each wife is already observant enough to know whether any man (except her own husband) is cheating on his wife. However, no woman can reveal that information to any other. A cheating husband is also assumed to remain silent about his infidelity.

The time comes, and a stranger arrives. He announces that there are cheating men in the town. On the morning of the 10th day following the stranger’s arrival, some unfaithful men are kicked out into the street for the first time.

How many of them are there?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Answers to Check your presence of mind.

Answers to Check your presence of mind. as posted on 9th Aug 2008. Click here to view the questions
1. All 12 have 28 days
2. 1:45. The man gave away a total of 25 cents. He divided it between two people. Therefore, he gave a quarter to two.
3. Light the match first.
4. White. If all the walls face south, the house is at the North pole, and the bear, therefore, is a polar bear.
5. Three. Well, it seems that it could almost be either, but if you follow the mathematical orders of operation, division is performed before addition. So... half of two is one. Then add two, and the answer is three.
6. Yes, and a 5th, a 6th, ...
7. I thought Noah brought 2 of each animal, not Moses
8. Halfway, then he would be running out of the woods.
9. The time/month/date/ year of an American style calendar are 12:34, 5/6/78.
10. 70
11. One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big stack.
12. The temperature.
13. A half-dollar and a nickel. (Only one was not a nickel)
14. 9 sheep
15. No. You can't marry someone if you're dead!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

No Sunrise Lateral Thinking Puzzle

No Sunrise Lateral Thinking Puzzle

In the middle of the night a man gets out of bed, walks to the yard and puts something in a bag. He then gets in his car, drives across town to his friend's house and rings the doorbell. His friend answers and the man says, "Here, you wanted it, so its yours." The man then smiles and drives home. As a result of all this, though, he never sees another sunrise in his life (but yes, he is alive).
How can you explain this? Now think laterally don't go by all what is given!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Prime Number Puzzle

Prime Number Puzzle

Can the mean of any two consecutive prime numbers ever be prime?
(Should be able to answer in 5 seconds)

Note : Hints : Look at it only if you are not able to answer in 5 seconds
- By definition of mean the result must be between the two source numbers.
- By definition of consecutive there can't be a number in between two consecutive numbers.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The City Population Puzzle

The City Population Puzzle
A mythical city contains 100,000 married couples but no children.
Each family wishes to “continue the male line”, but they do not wish to over-populate.
So, each family has one baby per annum until the arrival of the first boy.
For example, if (at some future date) a family has five children, then it must be either that they are all girls, and another child is planned, or that there are four girls and one boy, and no more children are planned.
Assume that children are equally likely to be born male or female. Let p be the percentage of children that are male at the end of year y.
How is this percentage expected to evolve through time?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Guess me Puzzle

Guess me Puzzle
I turn polar bears white
and I will make you cry.
I make guys have to pee
and girls comb their hair.
I make celebrities look stupid
and normal people look like celebrities.
I turn pancakes brown
and make your champagne bubble.
If you squeeze me, I'll pop.
If you look at me, you'll pop.

Who am I ?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Optimize my message Puzzle

Optimize my message Puzzle

A Spanish guy was staying far away in a distant city from his wife. He wants his wife to take their bull from home. The only way for him to deliver this message is by writing a letter and each word costs 50 bucks. Now comes the big problem , the guy have only 50 bucks.
What would he write to his wife ?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Solution to Ali and the 8 loaves Puzzle

Answer to the Ali and the 8 loaves Puzzle posted on 31st July 2008

Click here to view the puzzle

There were two men having a meal. The first man brought 5 loaves of bread, and the second brought 3. A third man, Ali, came and joined them. They together ate the whole 8 loaves. As he left Ali gave the men 8 coins as a thank you. The first man said that he would take 5 of the coins and give his partner 3, but the second man refused and asked for the half of the sum (i.e. 4 coins) as an equal division. The first one refused.

They went to Ali and asked for the fair solution. Ali told the second man, "I think it is better for you to accept your partner's offer." But the man refused and asked for justice. So Ali said, "then I say that who offered 5 loaves takes 7 coins, and who offered 3 loaves takes 1 coin."

Can you explain why this was actually fair?

The problem is why would 1 coin to 7 be fair when they gave 5 and 3 loaves????

Looking at it that way misses something. the men may have actually given 5 and 3 loaves but they will also have eaten something too.

We could reasonably think that the 3 men would have shared the loaves equally eating 2 ⅔ loaves each. Meaning that the actual contributions of the ment was less:

Person #1: 5 - 2 ⅔ = 2 ⅓

Person #2: 3 - 2 ⅔ = ⅓

Now looking at their net contributions, person #1 gave 2 ⅓ loaves, or looking at it in thirds they gave 7 thirds as opposed to person #2 who gave just 1 third.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Check your prescence of Mind

Try answering the following few questions as fast as you can.. They are easy but be careful, this will check your presence of mind.

[Edit] : The problems are not straight forward, sometimes its the figure of speech that gives the answer or its the common way of talking that corresponds to the answer and similar things. So lateral thinking is required, like being cryptic...

1. Some months have 30 days, some have 31; how many months have 28 days?
2. A man gave one son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?
3. If you had only one match and entered a room in which there was a kerosene lamp, an oil heater, and a woodburning stove, which would you light first?
4. There is a house with four walls. Each wall faces south. There is a window in each wall. A bear walks by one of the windows. What color is the bear?
5. Is half of two plus two equal to two or three?
Take a breath.... Ready.. next 5 -->
6. Do they have a 4th of July in England?
7. How many animals of each species did Moses take aboard the Ark with him?
8. How far can a dog run into the woods?
9. What is the significance of the following: The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past noon on May 6th.
10. Divide 30 by 1/2 and add ten. What is the answer?
Take a breath.... Ready.. next 5 -->
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in the center field?
12. What is it that goes up and goes down but does not move?
13. I have in my hand only 2 U.S. coins which total 55 cents in value. One is not a nickel. What are the coins?
14. A farmer has 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many did he have left?
15. Is it legal in California for a man to marry his widow's sister?

The answers are there in the blog. To avoid spoilers, they are not kept here. Use the Search box at the blog to find the answers if you must.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ali and the 8 loaves Puzzle

Ali and the 8 loaves Puzzle

There were two men having a meal. The first man brought 5 loaves of bread, and the second brought 3. A third man, Ali, came and joined them. They together ate the whole 8 loaves. As he left Ali gave the men 8 coins as a thank you. The first man said that he would take 5 of the coins and give his partner 3, but the second man refused and asked for the half of the sum (i.e. 4 coins) as an equal division. The first one refused.

They went to Ali and asked for the fair solution. Ali told the second man, "I think it is better for you to accept your partner's offer." But the man refused and asked for justice. So Ali said, "then I say that who offered 5 loaves takes 7 coins, and who offered 3 loaves takes 1 coin."

Can you explain why this was actually fair?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Railroad Bridge Puzzle

Railroad Bridge Puzzle
There is a low railroad bridge in your town. One day you see a large truck stopped just before the underpass. When you asked the driver what has happened, the driver tells you that his truck is one inch higher than the indicated height of the opening. This is the only road to his destination.
What can he do to get through the underpass the easiest way?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Devil's Round Table Puzzle

The devil's round table
You die and you meet the devil with a plea to send you to heaven.
Generous devil says he'll let you go to heaven if you beat him in a game he will tell you to play.
The devil sits you down at a round table. He gives himself and you a huge pile of quarters and says "we'll take turns putting quarters down, no overlapping allowed, and the quarters must rest on the table surface. The first guy who can't put a quarter down loses."
You were about to start playing, and the devil says that he'll go first. At this point you immediately interject, and ask if you can go first instead. You made this interjection because you are very smart, and you know that if you go first, you can guarantee victory.
Explain how you can guarantee victory.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Unbiased Coin Puzzle

Unbiased coin puzzle
A little variation to the Biased coin puzzle.

You and your rival are competing for the same girl, and decide to settle it with a coin toss. Your rival has known the girl longer than you have, so you agree that it is fair for him to have a chance of winning equal to P, where P > 0.5. However, you only have a fair coin.

How can you conduct this contest such that the biased probability is manifested? What is the average number of coin flips needed to determine a winner?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Solution to Find the Culprit Managers Puzzle

Solution to "Find the Culprit Managers Puzzle". Before the solution .. give it a try at Find the Culprit Managers Puzzle

There could be two possible scenarios

Here's an n-1 query solution to part 1. Maintain three sets of people: UNSEEN, STACK, and DISCARD. Initialize the process by picking one arbitrarily to be the STACK, everything else is UNSEEN. Repeat the following step until UNSEEN is empty:

Pick an UNSEEN element x, remove it from UNSEEN. Ask the top of the STACK y about x. If y says "manager" pop y off the stack and DISCARD both x and y. If it says "engineer" add x to the top of the STACK.

After all elements have been processed in this way (n-1 comparisons), the top of the stack must be an engineer.

Why does this work? First observe that whenever we discard a pair, at least one of them is a manager. So among the rest of them (STACK and UNSEEN) a majority must still be engineers. So at the end, when UNSEEN is empty, there must be an engineer in the stack, therefore the top of the stack must be an engineer.

This can be improved to n-2 simply by stopping one earlier. When there's one UNSEEN left, if the stack is empty, that UNSEEN one is an engineer. Otherwise, the top of the stack must be an engineer.

If is n is even and n>=4, as a first step we can just throw out one person, and appy this algorithm to the remaining n-1 obtaining n-3 comparisons. This gives the optimal algorithm.

2: If half or more of the people are managers, then the problem cannot be solved. The managers can ensure this simply by always lying. Now there's way to separate the two sets of people. Each one simply claims the others are Managers.


Saturday, May 31, 2008

Biased Coin Puzzle

Biased Coin Puzzle

You and your arch rival are competing for the same girl. After years of battling, you both decide to settle it by tossing a coin.

Your rival produces a coin, but you don't happen to have one on you. You are certain that the coin your rival has produced is loaded, ie. it will come up with heads more than 50% of the time on average.

How do you arrange a fair contest, based purely on chance and not skill, by flipping this coin?


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dragon and the Knight Puzzle

Dragon and the Knight Puzzle

A dragon and knight live on an island. This island has seven poisoned wells, numbered 1 to 7. If you drink from a well, you can only save yourself by drinking from a higher numbered well. Well 7 is located at the top of a high mountain, so only the dragon can reach it.

One day they decide that the island isn't big enough for the two of them, and they have a duel. Each of them brings a glass of water to the duel, they exchange glasses, and drink. After the duel, the knight lives and the dragon dies.

Why did the knight live? Why did the dragon die?


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Safe browsing ... the google way

Now Google has come up with a great new service for the internet users, that is the Google Safe Browsing Advisory. This way we can atleast have a view, better say Google's View for whether a site has malicious content or not.. using..

Most interestingly the diagnosis provided by google for itself contains malicious content owing to millions of pages being indexed at Google. Further more the diagnosis of the blog hosting service of Google - too have something in store for your which says “Of the 1148860 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 8630 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.” again owing to the millions of users using this hosting service and putting up their content.

Take a look at the way a site is diagnosed. Just add the url u want to diagnose at the end of the following URL
Example for my blog it will be

The various headers for the diagnosis are :

What is the current listing status for
This site is not listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 3 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 04/07/2008, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?
No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

So we have another Happy Browsing!!! from Google..

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Amazing 11 wonders of world from the sky !!!

Look at the wonderful images of world's some of the most famous places taken from a satellite. They look like other 11 wonders of the world. What do we got... take a look
  1. Niagara Falls
  2. Tsunami strikes the coast of Sri Lanka
  3. Ground Zero, New York City
  4. Grand Canyon
  5. Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives
  6. Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia
  7. Noah's Ark Site?
  8. The Nile River
  9. Earth's City Lights
  10. Mount St. Helens, Washington
  11. The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
So lets start..........
The image shows the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, snaking around Goat Island, in the lower left of the full image. Most of the river's water plummets over the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls, but some diverted water spills over American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls downstream. Every second, more than two million liters of water plunges over the Horsehoe Falls segment of Niagara Falls creating one of the world's largest waterfalls as well as eating away as much as two meters of rock per year. The image was acquired August 2, 2004

Tsunami strikes the coast of Sri Lanka
This is a natural color, 60-centimeter (2-foot) high-resolution QuickBird satellite image featuring the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Imagery was collected on December 26, 2004 at 10:20 a.m. local time, slightly less than four hours after the 6:28 a.m. (local Sri Lanka time) earthquake and shortly after the moment of tsunami impact.

Ground Zero, New York City
This one-meter resolution satellite image of Manhattan, New York was collected at 11:43 a.m. EDT on Sept. 12, 2001 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. The image shows an area of white and gray-colored dust and smoke at the location where the 1,350-foot towers of the World Trade Center once stood. Since all airplanes were grounded over the U.S. after the attack, IKONOS ! was the only commercial high-resolution camera that could take an overhead image at the time.

Grand Canyon
Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon are captured in this pair of Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) images from December 31, 2000. The above image is a true color view from the nadir (vertical) camera. In addition to the Grand Canyon itself, which is visible in the western (lower) half of the images, other landmarks include Lake Powell, on the left, and Humphreys Peak and Sunset Crater National Monument on the right. Meteor Crater appears as a small dark depression with a brighter rim, and is just visible along the upper right-hand edge.

Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives
North and South Malosmadulu Atolls are in the Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India. The Maldives are made up of a chain! of 1,192 small coral islands, which are grouped into clusters of atolls.. It has a total area of 298 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital and largest city is Male, with a population of about 80,000. Arguably the lowest-lying country in the world, the average elevation is just 1 meter above sea level. The natural-color ASTER image of the Malosmadulu Atolls was acquired on December 22, 2002, and is centered near 5.3 degrees North latitude, 73.9 degrees West longitude.

Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia
This IKONOS satellite image of Ayers Rock was collected Jan. 17, 2004. Ayers Rock is located in Kata Tjuta National Park, 280 miles (450km) southwest of Alice Springs, Australia. It is the world's largest monolith, an Aboriginal sacred site and Australia's most famous natural landmark.

Noah's Ark Site?
Is it or isn't it? Satellite images of Mt. Ararat, Turkey have pointed to a possible sighting of Noah's Ark. Decide for yourself! Compare this image taken by Digital Globe on September 10, 2003 with Shamrock -- The Trinity Corporation's image (enlarge). Also, note their image is flipped.

The Nile River
This image of the northern portion of the Nile River was captured by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer's (MISR's) nadir camera on January 30, 2001. Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt. The city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly marine plant life. Farther west! , the bright blue color of the water is likely less-organically rich sediment, perhaps sand.

Earth's City Lights
This image of Earth's city lights, captured on October 19, 2000, was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. The United States interstate highway system appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian railroad is a thin line stretching from Moscow through the center of Asia to Vladivostok. The Nile River, from the Aswan Dam to the Mediterranean Sea, is another bright thread through an otherwise dark region.

Mount St. Helens, Washington
On a Space Station expedition, astronauts observed and captured this detailed image of the volcano's summit caldera. In the center of the crater sits a lava dome that is 876 feet above the crater floor and is about 3,500 feet in diameter. The dome began to form after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. After the eruption, there was not any dome building eruptions for more than a decade. Afternoon lighting accents the flow features in the volcanic and debris flows and the steep valleys eroded into the loosely consolidated material near the summit. This picture was taken on October 25, 2002

The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
Now what should be explained about this... A wonder!!!!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Answer / Solution to the Inspector Beethoven III Puzzle

This is the solution to the Inspector Beethoven III puzzle posted on 31st January. Those who haven't tried it yet, Go for it at Inspector Beethoven III Riddle
Strauss is the one who killed Handel.
You need to take turns assuming someone is the killer; that means everyone's second sentence is a lie. If Joplin was the killer, Grieg's lie mixed with Strauss' counteracts the other. If Grieg was the killer, Gershwin would need to be a killer too. If Gershwin was the killer, Grieg and Strauss counter each other again, but with Strauss, everything would fit.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Whether Hell is Endothermic or Exothermic ?

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term exam. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Here is the "Bonus Question" on the exam:
Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different Religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:
1.. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2.. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa (a girlfriend of mine during my Freshman year) that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is Exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dodge the bullets - Aeroplane safety Puzzle

Dodge the bullets - Aeroplane safety Puzzle -
It was a dark and stormy night at a secret airfield somewhere in England during WW II. The Royal Air Force had summoned one of England's most noted mathematicians to help them solve a problem. German anti-aircraft fire based on the ground was inflicting heavy losses on the Brits. Their planes were being shot down right and left. The RAF had to do something to diminish their losses.

Clearly, they could put armor plating on the bottoms of the fuselages and the wings, but there were several problems with that idea. Their range and their ability to carry bombs would be considerably reduced because of the additional weight. They had to be very selective!

A nameless mathematician crawled underneath the planes and looked at where the bullet holes were on the underside. They were all over the place as you might expect -- in the wings and the fuselage, and seemingly distributed randomly on the undersides. He studied hundreds of planes, took pictures, drew a number of sketches -- and then he made his recommendation.

The question is, what armor plating, if any, did he recommend putting on these planes -- and why?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Find the Culprit Managers Puzzle

Find the Culprit Managers Riddle

The FBI has surrounded the headquarters of the Norne corporation. There are n people in the building. Each person is either an engineer or a manager. All computer files have been deleted, and all documents have been shredded by the managers. The problem confronting the FBI interrogation team is to separate the people into these two classes, so that all the managers can be locked up and all the engineers can be freed. Each of the n people knows the status of all the others. The interrogation consists entirely of asking person i if person j is an engineer or a manager. The engineers always tell the truth. What makes it hard is that the managers may not tell the truth. In fact, the managers are evil geniuses who are conspiring to confuse the interrogators.

  1. Under the assumption that more than half of the people are engineers, can you find a strategy for the FBI to find one engineer with at most n-1 questions?
  2. Is this possible in any number of questions if half the people are managers?
  3. Once an engineer is found, he/she can classify everybody else. Is there a way to classify everybody in fewer questions?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Lawsuit Puzzle

The Lawsuit Riddle
Mr. Jones filed a lawsuit against the company he worked for. He claimed that the company he worked for was drugging him to make him a better worker.

He claimed that the coffee the company provided contained a drug called Trimethylxanthine. Trimethylxanthine is an addictive drug that increases alertness, improves concentration, and gives you a euphoric feeling.

It operates using the same mechanisms that amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin use to stimulate the brain only to a lesser degree. When the coffee was tested it was found that it did contain large amounts of Trimethylxanthine.
But, Mr. Jones did not win his lawsuit. Why?


Solution to rank the 25 horses puzzle

This is the solution / answer to the puzzle Rank the 25 horses puzzle posted on 23rd March 2008.
Those who havent tried it yet.. Give a try at Rank the 25 horses puzzle
We group the 25 horses in 5 groups each containing 5 horses.In each of first five races we will rank each five horsesA, B,C,D and E ( A : fastest and E: slowest) in the group.
   1A    1B    1C   1D   1E
2A 2B 2C 2D 2E
3A 3B 3C 3D 3E
4A 4B 4C 4D 4E
5A 5B 5C 5D 5E

In the sixth race ( among the first of each group) we will get the fastest horse and rank these five horses 1A,2A,3A,4A & 5A (1A : fastest and 5A slowest)
Similarly .just select the fastest of the remaining horses from each row for the race.

Now we have got the fastest horse 1A and will also set nomenclature for each horses.
The fastest of the remaining horses in the row will take part.For e.g. the seventh race will be between 1B & 2A (no need to run 3A,4A & 5A)for determining
2nd fastest horse.

The 8th race will determine the third place and it will be between 1C and 2B ( in case 1B wins 7th race) or among 1B,2B & 3A ( in case 2A wins 7th race).

The 9th race will determine the 4th place and the 10th race will determine 5th place.

And moving on 25 th race will determine 20th place.The 26th race will tel the remaining 5 ranks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Daring Thoughtless Thief Puzzle

Daring Thoughtless Thief Riddle
A daring, rather thoughtless thief once stole a car of the police chief. The police immediately started an investigation and on the basis of witness depositions, four suspects were arrested that were seen near the car at the time of the crime. Because the chief of police took the case very seriously, he decided to examine the four suspects personally using a lie detector. Each suspect gave three statements during the examinations, as follows:

Suspect A:
1. In high-school I was in the same class as suspect C.
2. Suspect B has no driving license.
3. The thief didn't know that it was the car of the chief of police.

Suspect B:
1. Suspect C is the guilty one.
2. Suspect A is not guilty.
3. I never sat behind the wheel of a car.

Suspect C:
1. I never met suspect A until today.
2. Suspect B is innocent.
3. Suspect D is the guilty one.

Suspect D:
1. Suspect C is innocent.
2. I didn't do it.
3. Suspect A is the guilty one.

With so many contradicting statements, the chief of police lost track. To make things worse, it appeared that the lie-detector didn't quite work yet as it should, because the machine only reported that exactly four of the twelve statements were true, but not which ones.
Now the big Question : Who is the thief??

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rank the 25 horses puzzle

Rank the 25 horses puzzle

You are given 25 horses, you need to rank them on the basis of their speed. They all run at the same speed everytime. Given that you can run only 5 of them at a time.

1: What do you think how many races to will it take to rank all of them from 1 to 25
2: how many races will it take to find out the fastest one?
3: how many races will it take find the top 5 fastest?


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Coins In A Row Puzzle Solution

This is the solution to the Coins in a row riddle posted on 10th Feb 2008. Before going forward try the puzzle at Coins in a row puzzle.

It turns out that we can answer this puzzle by starting with a simple 2 by 2 checkerboard, with a head in the lower left corner. This board obviously has 1 coin of one type, and three of the other.

We have four allowed moves. Flipping row 2 or column 1 leaves us with 1 head and 3 tails, but we prefer to think of this as 1 coin of 1 type, and 3 of the other. Flipping row 1 or column 2 changes two tails to heads, but still leaves us with 1 coin of one type, and 3 of the other.

In other words, every move we make leaves 1 of one kind and 3 of the other. So we can never use these moves to get a board that is all the same type.

If we can assume that our checkerboard has at least 2 rows and 2 columns, then the analysis for the 2 by 2 board above still applies. In other words, given, for example, a 6 by 17 board, we simply note where the one head is, and look at the little 2 by 2 square containing that head and three tails. Although lots will happen all over the board as we make moves, we concentrate on this one little area. Just as before, the little area will always have 1 coin of one type and 3 of the other. Therefore, the board can never be all of one type.


This analysis will not apply if the board has only one row, or only one column, but of course, then it's obvious that the coins can all be matched.

It should also be obvious that the actual location of the single head doesn't matter.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Great Grandpa bridge puzzle

Great Grandpa Bridge Puzzle
Here’s a puzzle my great grand-daddy told me in my Dreams. "son, when i was civil engineer there was once A great embarrassment.
Once across two points in the City there was a huge traffic of people but no Direct road. They had to travel great lengths in order to reach Their destination.the governor ordered me to build a road across those two points. It was completed in five years. But Horrors of horrors, as soon asteroid was built, it was No longer required!
The very construction of the road had rendered it useless and unessential. And for that the new governor castigated me and tarnished my good name. So much so that my spirit still lingers in these Parts.
Oh if someone could tell me a reason for my Undoing, i might rest in peace."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Solution to the Birbal the Wise Puzzle

This is the solution to the puzzle Birbal the Wise Puzzle posted on 24th January 2008. Before reading on , please try the puzzle at Birbal the Wise Riddle, if you havent tried it as yet. Its worth trying!!!
Birbal stated that there weren't any barbers in heaven and said that was the reason for his long beard. Since Akbar now knew a way to reach them, he asked for his barber to be sent. Realizing that he would die in the fire, the emperor's barber confessed what he and the ministers did and no one dared to conspire against Birbal again.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Average Puzzle

Average Puzzle
Suppose we have a set of N numbers, xi, and I want to choose an "average" value x*. There are many ways to define an average, but I have a particular requirement in mind. How should I choose the average value so that

1. I get the smallest possible value for the sum of the absolute values of the differences |xi-x*|;
2. I get the smallest possible value for the sum of the squares of the differences (xi-x*)2;
3. I get the smallest possible value for the maximum of the absolute values of the differences |xi-x*|;

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Who Owns the Zebra Puzzle

Who own the Zebra Riddle
On a city block there are five houses in a row, numbered from left to right, each of a different color and inhabited by men of different nationalities, with different pets, drinks and cigarettes. You are given the following clues:

* The Englishman lives in the red house;
* The Spaniard owns the dog;
* Coffee is drunk in the green house;
* The Ukrainian drinks tea;
* The green house is immediately to the right of the ivory house;
* The Old Gold smoker owns snails;
* Kools are smoked in the yellow house;
* Milk is drunk in house #3;
* The Norwegian lives in house #1;
* The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox;
* Kools are smoked in the house next to the house where the horse is kept;
* The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice;
* The Japanese smokes Parliaments;
* The Norwegian lives next to the blue house;

Now, who drinks water? And who owns the zebra?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Survival of the Sheep Puzzle

Survival of the Sheep Puzzle
There is an island filled with grass and trees and plants. The only inhabitants are 100 lions and 1 sheep.
The lions are special :
1) They are infinitely logical, smart, and completely aware of their surroundings.
2) They can survive by just eating grass (and there is an infinite amount of grass on the island).
3) They prefer of course to eat sheep.
4) Their only food options are grass or sheep.

Now, here's the kicker:

5) If a lion eats a sheep he TURNS into a sheep (and could then be eaten by
other lions).
6) A lion would rather eat grass all his life than be eaten by another lion (after he turned into a sheep).

Assumptions :
1) Assume that one lion is closest to the sheep and will get to it before
all others. Assume that there is never an issue with who gets to the sheep
first. The issue is whether the first lion will get eaten by other lions
afterwards or not.
2) The sheep cannot get away from the lion if the lion decides to eat it.
3) Do not assume anything that hasn't been stated above.

So now the question:
Will that one sheep get eaten or not and why?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Coins In A Row Puzzle

Coins in a Row Puzzle
Tom has a checkerboard, a pocketful of coins, and some time to pass. He places one coin in each square of the checkerboard. Then he starts turning coins from heads to tails, until only one coin is left showing a head.

He decides to flip them all back to heads, but now he makes a rule. He can only make two kinds of moves: flip all the coins in a row, or flip all the coins in a column of the checkerboard. This suddenly makes his task more interesting, but he finds he can't seem to get all heads. Now he tries getting all tails, but again he can't do it.

* Starting with one head, is there always a way to flip all the coins to heads? Or tails?
* Does the shape of the checkerboard matter?
* Does the position of the single head matter?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Answers to the Impossible Quiz

The Impossible quiz is no more impossible.. Here we have the answers / solutions to the impossible quiz, posted on 13th Sep 2007. Those who haven't yet tried the wonderful quiz, visit The Impossible Quiz.

The questions are far from easy. Some require insane logic, others are completely down to guessing. You have 3 lives throughout the quiz. Get an answer incorrect and you will lose one. Complete a certain number of questions correctly and you will be awarded with a Skip. Skips lets you skip a question if you are finding it too difficult. There are also bomb questions which are timed. You have to complete the question until the bomb detonates otherwise it is Game Over. Limits range from generous 10 seconds to an evil 1 second! Good luck!

1. “How many holes in a polo?”
four (2 arms, 1 collar 1 waist)
2. “Can a match box?”
no,but a tin can (there is a saying “a match can’t box but a tin can”)
3. “sdrawkcab siht rewsna”
o.k. (reverse spelling)
4. “Click, the answer”
answer (literally)
5. “Put mouse here…”
go around the screen (w/out touching blue).
6. “sqr onion” shallots
(wordplay: shallots are small onions)
7. “The answer is really big” an elephant
(literally; also possible reference to legendary moment of dumbness in TV quiz who wants to be a millionaire)
8. “Search!” for the word yes
( a little down bellow S and E)
9. “What was the answer to question 2?”
top right (self explanatory)
10. “Choose food” click on the teeth
(Choose is a homophone for “Chews”)
11. “What follows December 2nd?”
n (1st thing: “2″ 2nd thing: “n” 3rd thing: “d”)
12. “Click on the smallest”
the dot on the I (makes sense)
13. “What sound does a bell make?”
F’tanng (makes sense)
14. “What can you put in a bucket to make it lighter?”
torch (”lighter” as in fire tool)
15. “Neigh! Whinny!”
Just type in horse (cryptic, but makes good sense)
16. “What is the 7th letter of the Alphabet?”
h (literally, the 7th letter in “the alpHabet”)
17. “24 - 7 =”
click on the circled 17 (devious, but logic)
18. “Stop time”

… with a hammer (“stop. hammer time!” [break out the “running man” dance])
19. “Color in the correct color”
Blue Orange Green Green Yellow (makes sense)
20. “Deal or no deal?”
seal! (because whatever you choose, you *seal* the “deal”.)
21. “Watch Carefully… now choose!”
top left (blinks green)
22. “The choice is yours”
+1 skip (kind of makes sense; in this question, you get +1 skip)
23. “Save changes to ‘untitled’?”
bran (you must type something to save?)
24. “click on the ‘v’ in lives”
click V in bottom left corner (hidden message)
25. “How do you kill a werewolf”?
Shoe polish (Shoe polish has silver nitrate, silver kills werewolves)
26. “Which of this place names doesn’t exist”?
Arsefacey (It’s a fact!)
27. “I hope you’ve been paying attention to the question numbers!”
go to 28 (logic)
28. “What is this?”
abundance (a bun dance! get it?)
29. “What flavour is cardboard?”
egg mayonnaise (*allegedly* because they somehow use mayo in the process of making cardboard — can anyone back this up?)
30. “Don’t click on the green” stay on the path! (makes sense)
31. “woof. woof. woof.” (just watch puppy for a while)
32. “What are the main ingredients of champoo?” babycham and human faeces (Babycham(sham) + Human Faeces(‘poo’)= shampoo.)
33. “How many letter in ‘his hand’?” 7 (literal)
34. “Elephants don’t like mice” take mouse away from screen (makes good sense)
35. “If you touch this button, it’s game over!” click on green smily face (just wait a bit)
36. “What do you call a wingless fly?” a walk (makes sense)
37. “Can you get this question wrong?” all four buttons work (just a teaser)
38. “Mary Rose sat on a pin.” Mary Rose (Because she sat on a pin, she had to get up! It’s a bad pun.)
39. “cylindrical adventures” (animation by Splapp-me-do, available on
40. “Hmm… if only you had a bridge” alt+tab, or hold the left mouse to clink pink (logic)

41. “the afro” on the ducks head (perhaps because it’s the only part that doesn’t belong in a duck; answer available in link: afroduck)
42. “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?” the 42nd 42 (bottom row, second collumn - it’s a reference from “The Hitchhicker’s guide to the galaxy” )
43. “Bridget makes everyone… “tom cruise (Jerry McGuire movie reference)
44. “Puzzle” Put pieces together (behind piece marked 44 there’s a button)
45. “Gibberish” top right (kindly translated from windgdings by Max - Question: “Potatoes fly”. Top-left:indeed / Top-right: WRONG / bottom-left: Why not? / bottom-right: ROFL)
46. “OMFG u kills sonikku bastard” bottom left (self-explanatory, South Park reference, reference to video “sonic breaks his neck” by splapp-me-do)
47. “Vanish” click on red dot (mouse cursor vanishes)
48. “Snake? Snake?!” Snaaaake! (videogame reference - metal gear solid)
49. “Which is the correct spelling?” splapp-me-do (It’s the name of the group behind the game - refer to opening credits)
50. “Remember:”o.k. (you’ll get this one later on.)
51. “Fight” just click on screen several times
52. “Find the Carrot.” the third one, below the ! (logic)
53. “Mar mite” but pa might not (word play)
54. “Shanghai?” no, about 20cm off the ground (word play)
55. “What is the digestive system?” a game console for wholemeal biscuits (a game console is a “system” and wholemeal biscuits are often used to help babies digestion)
56. “I hope you remembered?” click on dot blue, red, blue, yellow in that order (refer #50)
57. “Look! Count Dracula!” erm…one? (word play)
58. “On the *subject* of dracula, what’s his favorite food?” Sheperd’s pie (logic, wordplay)
59. “Charge U’r laser” click on the black circle dude as fast as you can (logic)
60. “Be honest… did you manage to do the last question on the first go?” yes or no (just be honest)
61. “(Y)” thumbs up (if you type (Y) in MSN a thumbs up emoticon appears)
62. “It’th thimple. Click the moth!” the moss (answer with a lisp, makes sense)
63. “What are Chicken McNuggets made of?” tastless white fluff (Author’s personal opinion, allegedly)
64. “Which is true?” egg>28 (according to jewish low, there are two main sizes of food portions: olives & eggs. an olive in considered these days as 28 gr. (very big olives), and eggs are double.)
65. “Click the *largest*” click the word largest (literal)
66. “Hurry up! It’s the end of the World!” click the ! after world (self-explanatory “!”)
67. “What is this?” a big hairy arsonist (wordplay)
68. “pet the kitty” just rub it w/ mouse.
69. “Are you enjoying the quiz?” lol,69 (duh)
70. “My dog’s got no nose. How does it smell?” using its anus (“smell” is an adjective describing the dog and not a verb)
71. “Oh, Christ…” just click the green (logic)
72. “Where is it?” move down from between 7 and 2 in question number (logic)
73. “?” top right (similarity)
74. “How many questions does this quiz have?” no one knows that (They hadn’t yet finished making the game! )
75. “Pay attention….” and quickly press the escape button (beneath question number)
76.”….You are my candy girl” sugar honey honey (as in the popular 80’s pop song)
77. “What is this?” question 77 (duh)
78. “Déja vu?” four (refer #1)
79. “Where is the horseshoe?” it’s the ‘u’ in what do you mean? (bottom left)
80. “Sell your liver to…” romanians (possibly because Romania has the highest rate of hepatitis infection in Europe. 1 out of 11 Romanians has some form of hepatitis, which is a liver disease.)
81. “Rub the pole” … to draw a lightning
82. “Clip Toenails” click on toenails to trim them (must be real fast)
83. “What does DNA stand for?” national dyslexic assosiation (go figure)
84. “Only click the shooting start.” right click screen and wait for star to show up (otherwise it’s just too tough)
85. “Did you enjoy the last question?” i loved it! (you’d better)
86. “I’m green and I have sticky balls. Who am I?” the prince (the Frog Prince from Katamari Damanci videogame)
87. “Click on what’s missing from this question” click on invisible dot after 87 (logic)
88. “Break his leg” click really fast anywhere (logic, reference to splapp-me-do video “sonic breaks his neck”)
89. “Which magical property do dog eggs contain?” blindness
90. “How many times has Michael Jackson had a nose job?” nonce
91. “Dear reader…” rip the page by sliding cursor beneath third hole (no clicking)
92. “Descend” 194 27 26 14 9 3 2.5 10.4 (clicking order, from Left to Right: 2 6 9 3 5 1 7 4 8 )

93.drag the bomb
94.wait for it to time out the button that the cat leaves
96.a right mess
97.10+ times
98. blue, red, blue, yellow (just like the other remember)
99.wait for light to turn green
101 - Type chihuahua
102 - Touch the circles but not the squares, when a small square appears, don’t touch anything.
103 - Find the tomato. Before everything vanishes, put your mouse between the top of the letters “C” and “H”
104 - Click on the sad yellow moon. Bottom right corner
105 - Mouse over and type Banana out of the “B” in gooseberry, the “A” in apple and the SECOND “N” in nectarine
106 - Complete the game and DONT use a skip.
107 - Move your mouse over “I am ignore u” but don’t click it, it will come up with game over. Ignore this and wait.
108 - Type in the missing numbers WITH SPACES. (4 8 15 16 23 42)
109 - click the monkey as quickly as possible, click it’s poop, click the arrow in the poop.
110 - You must use ALL the skips in the game. Make sure you got the ones from the space level.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Easiest way to understand politics.. the fun way!!

We have a lot of people who have considerably lacked the visibility and understanding of politics. They work so hard but its not easy to understand and remember those terms with their appropriate meaning. Here we have those terms with the easiest way to understand them. You will wish to have all your studies like this. Lets move on and learn:


FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inspector Beethoven III Riddle

Inspector Beethoven III Puzzle
Handel has been killed and Beethoven is on the case. He has interviewed the four suspects and their statements are shown below. Each suspect has said two sentences. One sentence of each suspect is a lie and one sentence is the truth. Help Beethoven figure out who the killer is.

Joplin: I did not kill Handel. Either Grieg is the killer or none of us is.
Grieg: I did not kill Handel. Gershwin is the killer.
Strauss: I did not kill Handel. Grieg is lying when he says Gershwin is the killer.
Gershwin: I did not kill Handel. If Joplin did not kill him, then Grieg did.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

How to reject a rejection letter ?

I just happened to stumble upon a beautiful letter basically rejecting the rejection of his application to a post of a professor. The person , for sure had a lot of dejection and a lot of courage and wit to reply back the authorities with an awesome reply. Lets look over it:
Herbert A. Millington
Chair - Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me
an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field
of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in
rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at
this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Chris L. Jensen

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Birbal the Wise Puzzle

Birbal the Wise Puzzle
Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler, and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find out the answer?

Emperor Akbar was very fond of Birbal as were many of the village people.
However, this made quite a few of Akbar's other ministers jealous.

One day, they decided to come up with a plan to rid them of the "great" Birbal. To avoid suspicion from falling on them, they took the help of the emperor's barber in this plan.

A week later, while Akbar was receiving a haircut, the barber lightly mentioned that he knew of someone who could allow Akbar to reach and even converse with his ancestors who had passed away, but he also stated the man who would go to the heavens would have to be witty, intelligent and wise.
Akbar instantly recommended Birbal for the task.

Birbal was told that a fire would be lit around him and the smoke would carry him to heaven; however, chanting would protect him from burning to his death. Birbal instantly knew that this was a plan to get rid of him, but not wishing to anger the emperor, he agreed to perform this task in a month. During this period of time, he asked some laborers to build a tunnel connecting his house to the cemetery, where the "rites" would be held.

When the day came, Birbal escaped his death by going to his house where he stayed for a month growing out his beard. A month later, he went back to Akbar's palace. When asked about the health of Akbar's ancestors, Birbal replied that they were doing very well but were missing just one thing.

What did Birbal say they were missing in heaven?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Solution to The Exile of Sir Floyd Puzzle

This is the Solution/answer to the The Exile of Sir Floyd Riddle posted on 7th January 2008. If you havent tried it as yet, go for it at The Exile of Sir Floyd Puzzle .

It is not hard to see that if the number of towns is infinite, then Sir Floyd can wander away forever and never return. If you don't believe this, look at the hexagonal tiles on a bathroom floor, and consider the cracks between them to the be roads. Going left, then right, takes you steadily away from your starting point.

So let us rule out the "outlandish" possibility that there are an infinite number of towns. Then it should be clear that Sir Floyd will eventually run out of unvisited towns, and so must reach a town he has already visited.

Now it's possible that he enters this town from a different road than he did the first time he visited it. So let's assume that, in that case, we watch him continue in his exile. Eventually, he must re-enter a town and do so from the same road by which he entered it the first time. From that point on, every step he takes must be a repetition of his initial steps. Where he went right the first time, he must go right the second time, and so on.

Our next question is, is the capital city on this loop? And the answer is, it must be! Because it turns out that if we know which city Sir Floyd is in, and what road he left it by, we can determine which road he entered the city by, and hence what neighboring town he came from. So if we reverse Sir Floyd's steps, we must return to the capital. But the loop has the property that it is a loop both forwards and backwards. There is no way that Sir Floyd could have gone through a few towns that were not on the loop, and then suddenly joined it, because that means that a given town has two roads that Sir Floyd used to enter it, but for which in both cases he left by the same third road, a possibility ruled out by his method of choosing the exit road.

Finally, the same reasoning should convince you that the first time Sir Floyd re-enters a town by the same road, he has just left the capital city (though not necessarily the first time he returned to it!).

Monday, January 14, 2008

Solution / Answer to The King and the Poison Puzzle

Here is the solution/answer to The King and the Poison Riddle posted on 30th December 2007. For those who haven't yet tried.. have a look at The King and the Poison Puzzle
The treasurer's plan was to drink a weak poison prior to the meeting with the king, and then he would drink the pharmacist's strong poison, which would neutralize the weak poison. As his own poison he would bring water, which will have no effect on him, but the pharmacist who would drink the water, and then his poison would surely die. When the pharmacist figured out this plan, he decided to bring water as well. So the treasurer who drank poison earlier, drank the pharmacist's water, then his own water, and died of the poison he drank before. The pharmacist would drink only water, so nothing will happen to him. And because both of them brought the king water, he didn't get a strong poison like he wanted.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Dither Puzzle

The Dither Riddle
In the country of Oopsylvania, the unit of currency is the dither. Originally, there were three denominations of coinage, worth 1 dither, 5 dithers, and 7 dithers. However, it was discovered that the 1 dither coins included a dangerous amount of arsenic, and so one day, an emergency decree was issued and all the 1 dither coins were suddenly withdrawn.

The gum man, whose packages of gum sold for 1 dither, called an emergency meeting that night with other vendors whose business was also affected by the change. "What are we going to do?", one person cried. "There is no way for me to sell my necklaces, which cost 2 dithers. I will have to try to bundle them together."

"My brooms cost 3 dithers, and the dust pans are 4 dithers. No one can pay this price now, since the 1 dither coins are gone. What are we to do?"

"I'm not worried," said the pie man. "All my pies cost 5 dithers, so everyone who wants one can buy. And I may even sell more pies, since some of your goods have prices that are impossible to pay now!"

"Oh what am I to do?" said the onion seller. "My goods cost 6 dithers, but can't be paid for."

"At least you would only lose 1 dither if someone gave you a 5. But each of my chairs costs 9 dithers, and there's no way I can afford to accept a 5 dither coin, or even a 7 dither coin, for them," cried the caner.

"People, please calm down! Let us try to get a handle on this!" shouted the gum seller. "Until a replacement for the old 1 dither coins is available, we must adjust. But still, some prices can be paid. After all, just using the 5 dither coin, we can pay 5, 10, 15, 20 dithers or any multiple. Similarly, using the 7 dither coin gives us many more prices, 14, 21, 28 and so on. In fact, I see now that there are infinitely many prices that are still manageable."

A young cross-eyed fellow with unruly hair stood up, and cleared his throat before speaking. "May I have your attention? I think things are really not that bad at all. In fact, not only are there infinitely many prices we can charge, but there are not very many prices we can't charge. I've just worked out a way to make every price from 100 dithers up to 200 dithers." And with that he began reading a table as follows:

100 = 20 * 5
101 = 16 * 5 + 3 * 7
102 = 19 * 5 + 1 * 7
103 = 15 * 5 + 4 * 7
104 = 18 * 5 + 2 * 7
105 = ...

"Stop!" yelled an old woman. There is no need to continue. What you have just told us is enough to show that every price from 100 dithers upward can be formed. Now all we need to do is work downwards and see what prices below 100 dithers are missing."

1. Are there really only finitely many "missing" prices?
2. If so, what is the highest missing price?
3. Why did the old woman believe that the partial list, from 100 to 104, was enough information?
4. What prices are missing?

Monday, January 7, 2008

The Exile of Sir Floyd Puzzle

The Exile of Sir Floyd Puzzle
Sir Floyd was an amorous knight, it was little surprise when he was caught wooing the king's daughter Mitzi. The king was quite angry, but being a merciful monarch, he decided merely to exile Sir Floyd.

He put it to him this way:

"It is my wish that you leave this town by any road you choose, and move to a neighboring town. You may stay there a single night. The next day you must set out to a neighbor of that town, where again you may stay a single day, and so on for eternity."

Princess Mitzi silently handed him a map of the kingdom. Sir Floyd opened it up, and saw that every town in the kingdom sat at the junction of three roads, each of which led to another town in the kingdom. None of the roads crossed on their way from one town to another.

"A man could truly get lost forever in such a rat's maze!" said Sir Floyd.

"I have a suggestion," whispered Princess Mitzi. "Tonight, choose any of the three neighboring towns as your goal. Tomorrow, choose your next town by taking the leftmost of the two roads you have not traveled. From the following town, leave by the rightmost of the two roads, and alternate in this manner."

"Now go", thundered the king, "and I hope never to see you again!"

"Now go," whispered Princess Mitzi, "and I pray that you will return!"

What are the chances that Sir Floyd will return? What (outlandish) loophole must you rule out to make your calculation?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Solution to the Urn Puzzle

This is the solution / answer to the Urn Puzzle posted on 4th November 2007. Those who haven't yet tried , first give it a try at Urn Puzzle
The last ball is white.

The number of white balls in the urn is an odd number at the beginning of the process. On each step, two balls are tentatively removed from the urn. But it is never the case that this results in exactly one white ball being permanently removed; if a black and white are removed, the white is returned. If two whites are removed, both are taken.

In other words, if the number of white balls was odd before a move, it is still odd after the move. Hence, since we started with an odd number of white balls, we must end with an odd number of white balls. Since we only have one ball left, that must be white.

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