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

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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?
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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?
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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.