Questions tagged [calculation-puzzle]

A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition.

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Dancing, dancing, dancing

My friend Kim told me: Last week I went to an afternoon party. I was the last guest to arrive. I looked around and counted (not including myself) altogether 14 grown-ups and 17 children. ...
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Fifteen white rhinoceroses

Fifteen white rhinoceroses are standing in a line. Each of them weighs an integer number of pounds. For each rhinoceros (except the leftmost one), its weight plus twice the weight of its left neighbor ...
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Bumblebees and Honey bees

The current market price of 175 honey bees is more than the price of 125 bumblebees, but less than the price of 126 bumblebees. Is it possible to buy 3 honey bees and 1 bumblebee for altogether at ...
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Fill in the parentheses [closed]

$()+()+()+()+()=30$ How can you fill in the parentheses with the numbers $1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13$ to make the above equation true? Repeats are allowed, but you must fill in all of the parentheses! ...
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A sloppy calculation

Little Johnny Red forgot to write the multiplication sign between two 3-digit numbers $x$ and $y$ and simply wrote them as one number. When Johnny's teacher graded the homework, it turned out that the ...
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Five loaves and the extra traveller

Two people are travelling together. One of them has three loaves of bread; the other one has two. At some point they stop to eat lunch. A third traveler that happens to walk by joins them. They split ...
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Being on a bridge, what´s the fastest train you can just escape? [closed]

You are just walking over a bridge. You have 3/8 of the bridge behind you, 5/8 ahead. Suddenly you hear a train approaching from behind (the 3/8 end), but it´s not yet on the bridge. You know that ...
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A dollar, a penny, there's no difference

Sam is a gluttonous kid, so he decides to buy a colorful lollipop at the price of 1$ (one dollar) in the nearest candy store. Though, he realizes that he can't afford it as his budget is just 1¢ (a ...
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The Mexican Standoff

There are three cowboys in a Mexican standoff against each other, named Juan, José, and Jorge. Juan is the straightest shooter in the West, and can hit his target 100% of the time. José, who has a ...
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Replace each ? in the expression with a digit or operator

In the following expression, replace each ? with either a digit or an operator: 8?5+??5-9?+3 so that it can evaluate to: <...
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Simple but interesting math puzzle [duplicate]

Four numbers are available: $1$, $3$, $4$ and $6$. Every number must be used once and only once with (some of) the operations $+$, $-$, $\times$, $\div$ to form the number $24$. It's from the book "...
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The Perfect Square Syndrome [closed]

Using the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 only once in the complete set, Give me a set of perfect squares. Once you have found the set, you have the liberty to use all these numbers without a comma and ...
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Multiplication Homework

$7*7~$ is $~25$ $6*6~$ is $~18$ $9*9~$ is $~41$ When is this true? Hint
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Replace all letters with a digit and solve the equations

There are ten expressions written in the scheme below from left to right and top to bottom. Replace all of the ten distinct letters in the scheme with a single digit between 0 and 9 and make the ...
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Boat traveling on a river [closed]

There's a boat traveling on a river. When it's going with the river flow, it takes 10 minutes to cover 1km, but when going against the flow, it takes it 15 minutes. How long does it take to cover 1km ...
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When did the tournament start?

[Inspired by the movie Bloodsport] The Kumite is an illegal underground fighting tournament organized in the typical single elimination bracket style. Think March Madness. All fights are fought one ...
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A man on a hill [closed]

A man walks up a hill at 2mph, and back down the same way at 4mph. Upon returning to where he started, what is his average speed?
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SPEND LESS MONEY alphametic

The well-known verbal arithmetic problem S E N D + M O R E ----------- M O N E Y explains (or at least it did the first time I knew about it) the story ...
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Average rain for 7 days [closed]

Assuming that Average rain rained for 7 days is 7 cm. First 6 days's average rain rained is 6 cm, then how much is rain rained on the 7th day of the week?
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Adding makes no sense [closed]

"Hey! If I were to add 6 to 13 I would get 7!", said Patrick slowly as he blew a stream of suspiciously maroon smoke out through his left nostril while calmly stabbing a funny-looking cigarette into ...
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A different extension of the sum and product puzzle

How far down the rabbit hole of not knowing can we go? While working on the generalization of I don't know the two numbers... but now I do, I thought of these two extensions. Both have the same ...
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Generalization of Sum and Product puzzle

I heard from a clever person that for the problem mentioned before: I don't know the two numbers... but now I do a solution exists even if we change 100 to infinity. So the formulation would be ...
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maximum number of quarters using 10 dollars [closed]

A shopkeeper keeps 25% of the amount given as commission and returns the remaining back, for example if you give him 1$ he will return back 3 quarters. What is the maximum number of quarters you can ...
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Find the value of $m$

This question was asked in CSIR _NET 2014. I cannot figure out what are conditions given: Lunch-dinner pattern of a person for '$m$' days is given below. He has a choice of a vegeterian food and non-...
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Matrix sequence

While a one-dimensional sequence is represented by a list, a two-dimensional sequence (a sequence of sequences) can be represented by a matrix. Find the pattern behind the following sequence, where a ...
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Magic: the Gathering - Challenge #6.b: It's Gonna Cost You

Previous Challenge Next Challenge Background Alright I'm going to try a more clear approach to my last attempted puzzle. Given the mana costs given below, name cards with those exact mana costs ...
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How many watermelons left with Mr. Bean?

Mr. Bean leaves from place $A$ with 3 sacks that each contains 30 watermelons. He comes across 30 tolls till he reaches place $B$. At every toll, Mr. Bean has to give 1 watermelon as toll for each non-...
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Alternating numbers

Alternating numbers are numbers in which all digits alternate between even and odd. For example: 2703 and 7230 are alternating ...
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Water Jugs (10, 5 and 6) [duplicate]

I have three water jugs, one with 10 liters another with 5 and another with 6, how do i get 8 liters on the first one?
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The birthday puzzles

Here is a couple of birthday puzzles based some time in the future: Puzzle 1 ...
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The Birthday Paradox [duplicate]

You run an office that employs 23 people. What is the probability that two of your employees have the same birthday? For the purposes of the problem, ignore February 29.
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Magic: the Gathering - Borrowed Time

Background Normal MtG rules apply here, except that whenever your deck is shuffled, you may assume it is stacked in any order you like. Puzzle Setup No permanents are currently tapped or have ...
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The Billiards Problem

We have a billiards table with height $h$ and width $w$, as illustrated in the image below. Notice that it has no pockets. A ball with radius $r\ll w$ (can be regarded as a point) is propelled from ...
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Magic: the Gathering - Modern Engineering

The Challenge Using only lands and artifacts, your goal is to build a Modern-legal Magic: the Gathering deck that is capable of winning the game as quickly as possible, against an opponent who does ...
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Magic: the Gathering - Sealed Speed

BACKGROUND: Imagine you are playing a Magic the Gathering game of Sealed Oath of the Gatewatch. This means your deck consists of at least 40 cards, collected from four "Oath of the Gatewatch" ...
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A Water Jug Problem [duplicate]

Suppose you are given two jugs: a 4-gallon one and 3-gallon one, and neither has any markings on it. You have a pump that can be used to fill the jugs with water. What do you do so that exactly 2 ...
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Three Gallon Jug and 5 Gallon Jug [duplicate]

One of the classical puzzles is pouring water into the 5 gallon jug so there is 4 gallons of water remaining. This was popularized by Bruce Willis in "Die Hard with a Vengeance". I was wondering ...
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What is the number..? [closed]

This is a short number puzzle: Find a number $x$, which leaves remainder $1$ when divided by $2,3,4,5$ and $6$. Here is the some more explanation: $x$ divided by $2$ gives remainder $1$ $x$ ...
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Ernie and the Cake Cutting

Ernie had spent most of the afternoon at my place, helping me with the tile grouting in my new bathroom. It had been a difficult and messy job, so when he asked if I could do him a "small favour" I ...
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Find the missing number in this grid

Find the missing number in this grid. I am unable to find any pattern.
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Magic: the Gathering - Goblin Horde

The Challenge Using only lands and Goblins, your goal is to build a Magic: the Gathering deck that can win the game as quickly as possible, against an opponent who does nothing. You may assume that ...
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A very Puzzling Loss [duplicate]

This question was asked by teacher, a very simple one but still highly puzzling. Could you find the answer? There were three persons, A :- The Costumer, B :- The Cloth Shop Owner and C :- A boot ...
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A puzzle about flies and trains

So I have a website with some job interview type questions on it. Yesterday I pulled a question out the depths of my memory: A train enters a station at 50m/s where it starts to decelerate ...
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Trying to understand an unusual timestamp encountered on the web

I am writing an API to crawl a popular website, eksisozluk, kind of like Turkey's reddit, but more text based. On this website, you can get a list of the popular posts from the path /basliklar/...
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Magic: the Gathering - Impending Annihilation

Background Normal MtG rules apply here. Your solution must work regardless of any possible choices made by your opponents; assume they do whatever makes it most difficult for you to win. If you ...
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Magic: the Gathering - Challenge #6: Going Mental

Previous Challenge Background Today's puzzle is going to involve Mental Magic, a fun, memory-testing variant of magic. All of magic's usual rules apply, but with the following variations Any card ...
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Why does 11+1=3? [closed]

I don't get it. A friend asked ne this but I don't know what to say. I tried to see if it had to deal with integers or something, but I got nothing.
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Depressed Numbers [duplicate]

$12 = 0$ $1234 = 1$ $123456 = 2$ $12345678 = 4$ $369 = 2$ $248 = 3$ $2 = 0$ $3 = 0$ $5 = 0$ $7 = 0$ $11 = 0$ $13 = 0$ What does: $123456789 = ?$ Why? Hopefully isn't too hard, please ask if you ...
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Connect the numbers! (Sudoku-like challenge)

Rules You are given a square grid, with numbers (0-9) in some of its cells. You have to connect some of the numbers, so that each "island" of numbers has the same total sum. A number can have ...
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Find the numbers in sequence (Created by PC App) [closed]

Hi all. This image is a series of number in sequence created by computer app. You can see there are five numbers in above row and five numbers in row below. 1) Pls find what will be the numbers ...

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