## Sunday, November 25, 2007

### Solution to Chess Freeze Puzzle

Here is the solution to the Chess Freeze Puzzle published on 1st November 2007. If you havent tried it as yet.. First take a look at : Chess Freeze Puzzle
At first, the board looked almost unchanged to Norm and Ray. The most important change was that Sally had reversed the board itself; this kept Norm and Ray from noticing that the White pieces had advanced to the Black side, and vice versa. With the pawns "behind" the other pieces, and only able to move forward, things are starting to look grim. Perhaps the Knights can hop out of the jam? No, because two pawns have deftly sidestepped to block that escape route. There's no way out.

Black

N R B Q K B R N
. p p p p p p . <-- White's pieces. The pawns only go "North".
. p . . . . p .
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
. p . . . . p .
. p p p p p p . <-- Black's pieces. These pawns only go "South".
N R B Q K B R N

White

Can you think of another such setup of pieces, that is substantially different from this one, and in which neither player can move or capture?

"Intellectual Genealogy Note": I really did think up this problem and its solution all by myself. However, I'm not expecting much in the way of royalties!

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## Tuesday, November 20, 2007

### Vandal Puzzle - The Ug and The Mug

Vandal Puzzle - The Ug and The Mug
Two vandals, Ug and Mug, attack a shop window made of a single pane of glass. Whenever Ug strikes a piece of glass, it breaks into 7 pieces. Whenever Mug strikes a piece of glass, it breaks into 10 pieces.

Now the big question:
Is there some combination of strikes by the two vandals that will result in there being exactly 2000 pieces of glass?
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## Saturday, November 17, 2007

### Solution to the 30 Minute Puzzle - Sand watches

Here is the solution for the 30 minutes puzzle using sand watches posted on 10/24/07. Those who havent yet read the problem, first give it a try at 30 Minute Puzzle - Sand watches.
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Run the 13 minute hourglass.
Then start the 13 minute hourglass and the 9 minute hourglass. After 22 minutes, the 9 minute hourglass will be empty. Start(Invert) it again immediately.
At 26 minutes, the 13 minute hourglass will be empty, and the 9 minute hourglass will have... 5 minutes of sand remaining, and 4 minutes of sand expended.
Immediately turn(invert) the 9 minute hourglass.
This means that at 26 minutes, you now have the 9 minute hourglass with 4 minutes of sand remaining.
This will empty exactly at the 30 minute mark.
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## Friday, November 16, 2007

### Clever Inventions to make life easier

Sometimes frustrated, sometimes demanding, sometimes amused.. thinking of why certain things can't be better. What should i do to avoid spoilage , theft , or simply why can't things be easier for even the small things. Lets look at some of the clever inventions that solves those problems. I know you wont be disappointed. Put a comment how you liked it!!!!

Smart cup in which you can put 2-3 of your favorite cookies. You don't need extra plates. It's made for right handed and left handed.

BANANA GUARD - Protect Your Banana!

Are you fed up with bringing bananas to work or school only to find them bruised and squashed? Banana Guard allows you to safely transport and storage individual bananas letting you enjoy perfect bananas anytime, anywhere.

LOCK-CUP

Lock Cup - Anti-Theft Coffee Cup. Are you tired of others stealing your coffee cup? Well now there's a solution. The Lock - Cup has a hole which prevents most people from using it. Only the owner of the cup can use his/hers shaped key to close the hole.

PENGUIN TEA TIMER

Making tea, though easy to do, is also time consuming. Once you pour the hot water into the cup, you must patiently hover over it, waiting for the tea to steep. Well, the Penguin Tea Timer happily does the waiting for you.
Place your tea cup under the beak and set it to the desired time. As you turn the timer dial, the beak lowers the tea into the hot water. When time is up, a bell sounds and the penguin automatically lifts his beak, removing the tea bag from the water.

TRANSPARENT TOASTER
You love toast, but you always burn it? Then this invention us for you.
This transparent toaster allows you to see the bread while it is toasting so you just have to take it out when the colour is right. This idea is based on a transparent heating glass technology.

BUTTER CUTTER
One Click Butter Cutter controls your portion as an important part of staying healthy. This ingenious butter cutter delivers one standard pat with each click of the handle.

GIANT REMOTE

With giant buttons, this extra-large remote is easy to use and impossible to lose. It's a 6-in-1 remote so you can use it to control your TV, VCR, DVD player, satellite, cable and auxiliary A/V device. It even features glow-in-the-dark buttons, so you can easily find the remote in the dark.

DAY CLOCK

What day is today? You don't know? Then you need a DayClock. It's uniquely designed to keep track of weekly events like your golf day, card night, movie night, and so much more. It's ideal for vacations and cruises when it's easy to lose track of the day.

LASER SCISSORS

Cutting a straight line has never been easier. Just aim the pin-point laser and follow the line. The scissor blades are stainless steel and cut very clean with a micro serrated edge.

ILUMINATING CAR SLIPPERS

Do you get up at night to drink water, go to the toilet...Do you wish you could see in the dark? Remarkably bright LED lights are triggered by your footsteps and light up the floor 30 feet in front of you; ultra-soft plush style are extra comfortable and cozy warm.

"THE THING" - INFANT PILLOW
The Zaky is an ergonomic infant pillow designed by a mom to mimic the size, weight, touch, and feel of her hand and forearm to help her baby with comfort, support, protection, and development. The Zaky can help calm your baby and help your baby sleep better through the night.

TRAVELER'S PHRASE BOOK T-SHIRT

If you are traveling a lot and don't always know the language of the country you are visiting, then this T-shirt is for you. It has a phrase book printed on it so just point a finger at the pictogram you need and then point it twice at the question mark, which means, "Where is it?" and in no time you have found what you were looking for... or not.

LATEST DESIGN WAITER/WAITRESS TRAYS
Anatomic tray, for waiters. No more dropping trays.

WHEEL-MOVING BENCH

Whether you want to sit in the sun or in the shade, near the river or under the tree... now you have your movable bench, to sit wherever you like.

Thats all Folk's

## Wednesday, November 14, 2007

### Most amazing buildings of the world

We looked at the most amazing roads of the world previously. Here we have few of the most amazing, interesting and strangest buildings / houses of the world. Have a look:

Tbilisi, Georgia
Looks like a castle but its a place in which Soviet marriage events were held in Tbilisi, Gergia. In Russia and USSR marriage doesnt happen in the church, but in a special house called Palace of The Marage. It is so still nowadays, though after getting married in such place couple can visit a church.
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State Department for Traffic ,Tbilis (1975)
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Hotel Friendship, Ukraine
Built during Soviet era, and was considered by CIA as some strange military object
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Palace of Soviets, Russia
Palace of Soviets built in Kaliningrad city, Russia in 1975. Locals call it A Big Monster

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Technological Institute,Belarus
Technological Institute in Minsk, Belarus. Was built in 1981 and looks like some white big boat

## Sunday, November 11, 2007

### Alien Attack Puzzle

Alien Attack Puzzle
There are three Federation Officers assigned to take three hostile aliens to "Peace Talks" on another planet. However, they must follow the following rules:

* They have only one small space ship.
* Only two individuals can ride in the space ship each time.
* All Federation Officers can pilot the space ship, but only one alien can pilot the ship.
* If at any time there are both Federation Officers and aliens on a planet, then there must always be more (or the same number of) Federation Officers than aliens on that planet. This is because if there are more aliens than Federation Officers, then the aliens will kill the Federation Officers. Count any individual in the space ship when it is on one planet as being on that planet.
* The one space ship is the only means of transportation. There is no other way to get to the "Peace Talks". No one can exit the space ship while it is in flight.
* To start off, all the Federation Officers and aliens are on the same planet.

The Question: Can all Federation Officers and aliens get to the other planet alive, and if so: how?

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## Friday, November 9, 2007

### Common Conversations in Human Languages

Travel across places, boundaries, countries and continents is now becoming common. English has become a connecting medium for the human race across the planet. But, how would it be to exchange pleasantries with people in their native languages. It sounds real good, to me atleast!

Now, the big question: How many living human languages do exist? There are many numbers circulating around. As per the sage, there were more than 6000 human spoken languages at one time, but the effective number has now dwindled to 100, and is receding quite fast. With what is termed as Globalization, English has now emerged as the de-facto standard.

Ethnologue is an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages. It consists of language maps with country, language codes, language families, primary language names of 7299 languages with a total of 39,491 alternate names.
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## Tuesday, November 6, 2007

### Solution to Aristotle's Number Puzzle

This is the solution to Aristotle's Number Puzzle posted on 27th October 2007. For those who haven't tried it yet, first have a look and bash your mind at Aristotle's Number Puzzle .

The other two hats have the values B = 20 and C = 30.

One stumbling block to solving this problem is the fact that, in general, you can't solve it. Or more precisely, in most case, no matter how many chances they are given, A, B and C will not be able to determine their numbers. So keep in mind that there must have been something special about the particular numbers that made it possible in this case. The fact that A was able to solve the problem is a clue as to what the numbers must have been.

Secondly, imagine that A sees that B and C both have a 25 on their hats. Since his number can't be 0 (the numbers were specified to be positive), it must be 50. And he knows this immediately. So we can rule out the case of (50,25,25).

But more importantly, we have discovered a rule. If any player sees the other two players have the same number of their hats, then that player knows immediately that his number is the sum of those numbers, and the game is over.

Now let's assume that the numbers 50, 20 and 30 are correct, and show how A figured out his number.

When A is about to make his first statement, he sees a 20 and a 30. This means his number is either 10 or 50. But he has no other information to go on, hence his statement "I cannot determine my number."

After B and C have spoken, it is A's turn again. Although B and C can't guess, this itself is an important and new piece of information for A. A now knows that there is not enough information for B or C to determine their values. And A now thinks about how this can be possible.

Remember, A knows his value is either 50 or 10. A now examines the consequences if his number is 10. In particular, he imagines the current game from C's perspective.

If A's number was 10, then when it was C's turn to speak, C would realize that his own number must be 10 or 30. But C would also know that B could not guess his own number. However, C would realize, if C's number were 10, then B would have seen two 10's and won the game. And that didn't happen.

Therefore, (still assuming that A's number is 10), and B did not see two 10's. Therefore, C would have realized that his own number cannot be 10, and so must be 30. So if A's number was 10, C would have had enough information to win the game.

But C did not say anything. Therefore, A now realizes that his own number cannot be 10, and that it must be 50. And so A can win the game.

Now, this shows that for the given data (50,20,30), A's answer is reasonable. It does not show that there is no other set of numbers for B and C for which a similar process would allow A to determine his number.

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## Sunday, November 4, 2007

### Urn Puzzle

Urn Puzzle
An urn contains 75 white balls and 150 black balls. Next to the urn is a large pile of black balls.

Again and again, someone removes a pair of balls from the urn. If either ball is black, then a black ball is placed on the pile, and the other ball is returned to the urn. If both balls are white, then they are discarded, and a black ball is taken from the pile and returned to the urn.

On every turn, there is one less ball in the urn. What color is the last marble in the urn?
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## Thursday, November 1, 2007

### Chess Freeze Puzzle

Chess Freeze Puzzle
Norm and Ray were about to sit down to a game of chess when Sally walked in.

"Still playing the same boring game?" she asked, "Let me make it more interesting. I'll set up the pieces on the board a little differently."

"OK," they said, glad to let someone else take care of the chore of setting up the pieces. When they sat down to play, it seemed that only a few pieces were in an unusual position.

"Come on, make your move," said Norm. But when Ray picked up a piece to move, Sally said, "No, that would be illegal."

Ray's brows furrowed for a minute, and then he saw that she was right. He pondered the board for a few more minutes.

"I can't move," he said, "and what's more, neither can you."

How had Sally set up the board?
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