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Online TheGlyphstone

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #100 on: August 04, 2012, 07:54:09 PM »
Can you elaborate more on what an egg timer is? This would be a trivial question if it was the classic "gallons of water in two buckets' scenario, but I'm assuming the egg timers are sealed.

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #101 on: August 04, 2012, 09:00:03 PM »
Like mini hourglasses.


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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #102 on: August 04, 2012, 10:06:15 PM »
Okay, I got it.

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Timer A = 11 minutes, B=7 minutes.
-Start both timers.
When Timer B is finished, flip it over (7 minutes elapsed, 4 minutes left on Timer A).
When Timer A is finished, flip Timer B over again (11 minutes elapsed)
When Timer B is empty again, 15 minutes have passed.

Offline Chelemar

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #103 on: August 05, 2012, 12:44:32 AM »
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A river.

you got it Sarina  :)


« Last Edit: August 05, 2012, 12:48:33 AM by Chelemar »

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #104 on: August 05, 2012, 02:23:19 AM »
hah! now I've to wait for another thing besides approval..

I've a conundrum...

Four cars are stopped at a four-way intersection. At the same time and at the same speed, they all drive forward and continue their journeys without colliding.
How is this possible?

NOTES:
All the cars are facing forward into the intersection.
The intersection is not large enough for the cars to
cross at the same time and miss each other
(this is possible on larger intersections).
There are no tricks such as overpasses or tunnels.

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Did the cars all make right hand turns?

Offline Veluux

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #105 on: August 05, 2012, 02:44:20 AM »
Here's one for you all:

A king decided to let a prisoner try to escape a dungeon with his life. The king placed 2 marbles in a jar that was glued to a table. If the first marble the prisoner picked was blue, he would escape with his life. If he picked a black marble first, he would be executed. However, this king was very wicked, and he placed 2 black marbles in the jar and no blue marbles. The prisoner witnessed the king only putting 2 black marbles in the jar, but the prisoner was mute. If the jar was not see-through and the jar was glued to the table and that the prisoner was mute so he could not say anything to the people watching the trial, how did he escape with his life?

Clue
The prisoner picked two marbles, at separate times.

ANSWER - DON'T PEEK UNLESS YOU CAN'T SOLVE IT!
The prisoner grabbed one of the marbles from the jar and concealed it in his hand. He then swallowed it and picked the other marble and showed everyone. The marble was black, and since the other marble was swallowed, it was assumed to be the blue one. So the mean king had to set him free.

Offline AndyZ

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #106 on: August 05, 2012, 05:47:02 AM »
Here's the textbook answer:
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All living things are capable of seven characteristics.

While it can be argued that fire shows movement, respiration, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutition, fire lacks sensitivty.
And one for the pot:

Imagine you have two egg timers.  The sands in the first take 11 minutes to run out and the sand in the second take 7 minutes to run out.  How can you use them to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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Flip both of them from start.  In 7 minutes, 11m will be down to 4 minutes and 7m will be empty.  Flip 7m to start it again.

In 4 minutes, 7m will be down to 3m and have 4m at the bottom.  Flip 7m again and it's been 15 minutes when it runs out.


Offline blackcatotaku

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #107 on: October 18, 2012, 09:11:31 PM »
You are trapped in a room, there is a door but it is locked, there are no windows and there are four floors and a ceiling. In the room is a piano, calendar and a mattress. How do you eat, drink and get out of the room? You must eat and drink before leaving! Hint: nothing is what it seems

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #108 on: October 18, 2012, 09:16:05 PM »
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Have some dates from the calendar, drink from the mattress's spring, and take a key from the piano to unlock the door.

Offline blackcatotaku

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #109 on: October 18, 2012, 09:42:03 PM »
That is exactly right Oniya have you heard that one before? It is one of my favorites.

Offline Tamhansen

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #110 on: October 19, 2012, 02:24:09 PM »
Okay, here's one for you all.

A prisoner is sentenced to death, but the executioner, being a gentle soul allowed the prisoner to choose his own death

"You must make one statement" said the executioner "If it is truth you will be hanged. If it is a lie you will be drawn and quartered"

The prisoner thought about his answer and spoke.

The executioner was stunned, and by his own words unable to kill the prisoner, so he sent him home.

What o What did the prisoner say?

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #111 on: October 19, 2012, 02:28:43 PM »
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"I will die by being drawn and quartered."

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #112 on: October 20, 2012, 12:00:47 PM »
Here's one for the thread.

You are in a house with four walls. Each wall has a window, and each wall faces south. A bear walks by. What color is the bear?

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #113 on: October 20, 2012, 12:10:06 PM »
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White.

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #114 on: October 21, 2012, 12:21:06 AM »
Yes, indeed, Glyphstone.

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #115 on: October 21, 2012, 03:40:33 AM »
A favorite from my youth:

A man with no eyes saw plums on a tree.
He neither took plums nor left plums.
Now how can this be?

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #116 on: October 21, 2012, 10:38:12 AM »
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He had 1 eye, and saw 2 plums. He left 1 plum behind and took 1 plum with him.

I think I'll stop now, and let other people answer.

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #117 on: October 21, 2012, 10:50:24 AM »
Here's a tricky one:

What game with two popular variants is famous for having ivory pieces?


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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #118 on: October 21, 2012, 06:23:45 PM »
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He had 1 eye, and saw 2 plums. He left 1 plum behind and took 1 plum with him.

I think I'll stop now, and let other people answer.
Correct :D

Offline AndyZ

Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #119 on: October 23, 2012, 07:27:12 PM »
Here's a tricky one:

What game with two popular variants is famous for having ivory pieces?

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An elephant?

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #120 on: October 23, 2012, 08:31:50 PM »
Excellent!

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #121 on: October 23, 2012, 08:44:42 PM »
*lightbulb goes on* I get it now...

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #122 on: November 29, 2012, 12:36:13 PM »
As I was walking to St. Yves,
I met a man with seven wives.
The seven wives had seven sacks,
The seven sacks held seven cats,
The seven cats had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives...
How many were going to St. Yves? ;)

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #123 on: November 29, 2012, 01:29:41 PM »
That depends on whether you caught up with him, or just crossed paths.  ;D

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Re: Brain teasers
« Reply #124 on: November 29, 2012, 01:33:46 PM »
That depends on whether you caught up with him, or just crossed paths.  ;D

Ah, that's true! ;D