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Hunting for treasure in 1-d grid [duplicate]

In a castle, there are N rooms in a line. Each room has a door to the two neighbouring rooms (or the one neighbouring room, for the rooms at either end). A treasure is hidden in one of the rooms. ...
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Cube Scrambling

Take a normal 3x3 rubiks cube (the Classic unmodded cube). I know the WCA method for scrambling is to pick a random (valid) cube state and calculate a sequence of moves to go from solved to that state,...
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Minimize sum of guesses to win lottery

Ten boxes are given with $a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4,a_5 ......a_{10}$ number of balls in them respectively .These boxes are randomly ordered but $a_1,a_2 .....a_{10}$ is told.We can arbitrary select a box and ...
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How to find number of times sequence element $1$ is approached and from where?

Consider a sequence $1,-1,-1,-1,-1,-1,...,-1$. Start at the first element and move down the sequence according to the following rules: 1) If you jump from a $-1$ to another $-1$, turn the latter into ...
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Savage Road Signs (Part 2)

Please read part 1 or this might be confusing Since part 1, you have replaced the stolen stickers and your daughter has forgiven you. The highway ended up being a full 700km long, so you are happy ...
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Finding numbers having exactly two distinct digits

We have $10^K$ road signs (numbered 0 through $10^K−1$). For each valid $i$, the sign with number $i$ has the integer $i$ written on one side and $10^K−i−1$ written on the other side. We need to ...
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Finding Round Integer

An integer is round if it is greater than $0$ and the sum of its digits in decimal representation is a multiple of $10$. Find an optimal procedure to compute the $N^\text{th}$ smallest round integer. ...
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$4\times4\times4$ Rubiks cube Top Layer Issue

The only way i am able to solve is to jumble the whole cube again. If you know the way to solve pls give images or algorithm.
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The CompuTaria Quest - A young Wizard's journey

Once Upon A Time In A Land FAR, FAR Away... Our adventure begins in the enchanted land called "CompuTaria". You are, "Binaryian" a 3rd year Wizard In Training. Today began like any other day - you ...
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SafeCracker #3 - We've Been Blocked [closed]

Our Last Safe To Conquer Ok, team, this one might give us a little trouble. Nothing we can't handle though... let's go... This safe model is "The NevaCrak 9000" - the most secure safe there is. ...
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SafeCracker #2 - The Mission Continues

Thanks to an alert StackE user, we were able to get the first safe open. Mission Details This next safe is in a former employee's house. He is gone for now, so we have no time to spare. We weren't ...
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SafeCracker #1 - Look who's talking

The Plot You work for a tech company in Tampa, FL. Recently there was a break-in, and the company's trade secrets were stolen. Company PI have tracked the briefcase containing the secrets to the ...
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The NANNP Grid ( Not another Next Number Puzzle )

Simply figure out the last row...
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Wolves and sheep

All the sheep were living peacefully in the Land of Shewo. But suddenly they were struck by a danger. A few wolves dressed up as sheep entered the territory of Shewo and started killing the sheep one ...
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Blindfold Bingo

Congratulations, you have been selected from among the audience to compete in the fabulous Blindfold Bingo challenge! (cue annoying, yet catchy theme music.) Here you see our perfectly ordinary Bingo ...
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Find the result of this dual key cipher

I came up with a neat little cipher that I'm calling the dual key cipher. The basic premise is that there are two cipher keys that, when used together can decode the cipher text against a given ...
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The fantastic matrix

Here's another question that I have been asked in an interview lately. Let $M$ be an $n × n$ matrix whose values are $”+”$ and $”-”$. M is called fantastic if it is possible to make all it's values $”...
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Scoring Oracle: Bob easily wins, but how much?

Bob meets a magician with two bags and a chest on a bridge. The magician challenges him with the following enigma: Here is a bag A, holding 5080 pebbles. Here is another bag B. Most of the pebbles ...
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Weighing Counterfeit coins

There are $n=4$ coins and we know exactly $2$ of them are counterfeit. In $2$ weighings, how can we find which of the four coins are the counterfeit ones? Assumptions: the counterfeit coins look ...
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Creating a maze that is traversed by a pair of compasses

Normal mazes require you to move a point-like object from the entrance of the maze to the exit. I am wondering whether a different kind of maze would work as a puzzle: Imagine a maze printed on a ...
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Fill $N$ by $M$ grid with numbers in such a way that any given cells' neighbors are different

Create an $N$ by $M$ grid with numbers in such a way that satisfies following conditions: numbers should be integers that range from $1$ to $r$. for any cell $C$, all its adjacent neighbors (i.e. ...
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Shortest path for delivering packages [duplicate]

A version of the Travelling Salesman Problem, but with certain points. We are talking about a town where 8 canals run from the middle boathouse into the city. You can only travel one way on the green ...
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Puzzles like Sokoban?

I am looking for some puzzles like Sokoban or 15-puzzle but more difficult to solve and satisfy the following requirements: The number of possible moves at each step should be limited, let's say < ...
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20-Questions on a grid

Posted this on /r/puzzles too, none have given the right strategy as of now :) There is a square grid of width and height $m$. Three facts about the grid: Each cell has a value, and no two cells ...
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It's getting harder and harder for my friends to like me

What is the next number in this sequence? 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 18, 25, 27, 54, 73, 97, 129, 171, 231, 313, 327, 649, 703, ... ? Hint 1 Hint 2 This is my first puzzle and I'm new to PSE, so feedback is ...
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Ten users, three lights but it's a chatroom

This is a variant of the classic problem of m prisoners n lights. (Example may be found here but note that the requirements are not exactly the same) The goal for you, however, is different. You want ...
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Ten users, ten deadly collars and three lights [duplicate]

One day, 10 puzzling.SE users, including you, find yourselves in a horrible prison. Each of you has a deadly collar, presently lethal. It is safe to take off only when all of the 10 collars have been ...
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A couples therapy mixer situation

During couples-group-therapy, where two therapist and multiple couples consisting of two people each are present and we all sit on chairs forming a circle in the middle of the room. We often discuss ...
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How can these people cross the bridge? [duplicate]

There are 4 people that must cross an old dilapidated bridge at night, All four walk at different speeds: There is a young teenager that can cross the bridge in 1 minute. There is teenager's older ...
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Hacking an electronic keypad

You are a spy trying to break into an enemy facility. The back door is protected by an electronic keypad lock. You know that this particular lock is opened by a four digit code. Any stream of button ...
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Scheduling Meetings

I came across this problem in real life and thought it could be made into an interesting puzzle. I will enjoy seeing how my eventual solution could be improved! Here's the situation. There ...
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Is my 5x5 cube on an “illegal” position?

I've never met this postion before, and i'm starting to think it's an "illegal" one because i lend it to a friend before and he said he had to glue some fallen stickers. Am i missing an alorithm or do ...
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Finding all possible solutions of a japanese sums puzzle

I'm trying to think of an algorithm that gives out all possible solutions to a japanese sums puzzle. It's not an a college assignment or anything, I'm giving puzzles to my cousin for fun, but want to ...
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Is there a name for this Rubik's cube algorithm?

$RUR'U RU2R'$ I use this algorithm to: permute UL and UF edges (messing up corners) orient LL from a fish (possibly using its mirror) orient pairs of LL corners by combining above algorithm with its ...
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Figure out when a data usage cycle restarts

Your cell phone carrier sends you a text message when you have reached your data limit (which you know) for the month, after which you are charged for extra data usage. Question 1: You want to ...
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The Generous Taco stand

There are a group of people standing in line for a taco stand. This taco stand is special in that it's slogan is "The older you are, the more you get!". To make sure though that there isn't any funny ...
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Measuring volumes with oil drums of 8 and 5 litre [duplicate]

You have two drums of capacity 8 litre and 5 litre and a resource of oil, can you use these two drums to give 1 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre, and 6 litres and 7 litres to any customer? If yes, ...
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Sub-30second solving the $3\times3\times3$ Rubik's cube

I just wanna learn cubing under 30 secs. Please help me:( As i've already learned the Beginner's method. Is there any easiest way to learn the CFOP method as i am unable to understand this method. I ...
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Consecutive Towers of Hanoi

Consider the following variant of the Towers of Hanoi puzzle. There are six pegs. One of the pegs has a stack of $n$ differently sized disks, sorted by size so the smallest disk is at the top. All ...
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How many moves are at least needed to change the order of cubes to a arbitrary order? [closed]

We have several cubes that are ordered as in the picture below: What is the smallest number of moves with which we are able to reach every possible order? Only the order of the cubes in the ...
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Doubts about algorithm

Hello I came across a really good algorithm perfect for a minigame I'm making. When I was trying to implement the algorithm I stumbled with some doubts and I can't the algorithm right. I'm talking ...
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When will inverting an algorithm allow it to function the same as the original?

Let's say I have this zperm algorithm: R' U' R U' R U R U' R' U R U R2 U' R' U2 Now, let's suppose I invert it. U2 R U R2 U' R' U' R U R' U' R' U R' U R Assuming the cube is in a state of its pll ...
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Is it possible to scramble a Rubik's cube so that each face has no more than 2 squares of the same color?

So the complete conditions for this scrambled cube can be described alternatively as the following: Each face has less than 3 squares of the same color, which leads to 1a. Each face has 5 or 6 ...
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The swap puzzle

The swap puzzle Place small coins heads up on the squares marked H and tails up on the squares marked T. Swap the positions of the Heads for the Tails in as few moves as possible. There are two ways ...
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Is there a simple algorithm for solving Kami 2 puzzles?

I'm finding my life has been consumed by Kami 2, partly because I seem to have achieved some "insight" and am able to solve the puzzles reliably, almost always on the first try. The rules are simple: ...
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Algorithm to Solve Puzzle - Advice Needed

Given the following letters arranged in a circular pattern. A B E C D Each letter can merge with any of its opposite letters to form an adjacent ...
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What is the optimal first move in Mastermind?

For a given number of positions/holes and a given number of colors, which initial guess eliminates the most possibilities for the solution at a minimum? For 4 positions, it's AABB. What is it for 5, ...
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sort n balls by knowing the lightest in one query

Suppose there are $n$ balls with different weights and let $b$ be an integer between $2$ and $n$. There is a machine which, given a set $S\subset\{1,2,3,\dots,n\}$ of size at most $b$, can tell you ...
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Pipe and socket problem

Given a set of n pipes of different sizes and n sockets of different sizes. There is a one to ­one mapping between pipes and sockets, meaning that a pipe can fit into only one socket. Match pipes and ...
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Algorithm for solving the permutation puzzle Tricky Animals

I have developed a game called Tricky Animals where the goal is to reorder the animals in the right order with three permutations: $A = (1,2), X = (2,3,..,n-1), B = (n-1, n)$. The game can be played ...