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?

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