Questions tagged [computer-puzzle]

A tag for puzzles dependent upon some degree of computer literacy - for instance, requiring basic familiarity with operating system usage, encryption or programming.

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Can multiple wall timers turn lights on or off when required?

Imagine we have some simple mechanical 24 hour wall timers like this: There’s one restriction though, they’re badly designed so each one can only turn on once and turn off once in a 24 hour period (...
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A shy person in a queue

I'm so shy when between people. When in a queue, I'd like to be the last. That's the only time when I'm not shy. When consuming food, I'd take one or two, or even four, depending on the context. What ...
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Molly and a pseudocode

Molly was given a pseudocode by her teacher and told her you need to understand the pseudocode to answer the riddle. Riddle: I am _________ like universe and stars You will find me in computer ...
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map 5 unequal ranges to id

This is actually coming from a business place, but it's all about being able to do math tricks, and that's why I'm posting here. I want to implement the following function: ...
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“Brainf*ck, but not really.”

Yesterday, I organized a contest with various challenges the participants had to solve. I put 6 very simple puzzles that were solved almost instantly, and the deadline was supposed to be until Sunday. ...
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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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What is a Fade Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Fade Word™. Use the ...
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What is my name? It's not “traveler”

The answer to this puzzle is my first name. What is it? If no progress is made after a week or so, I'll slowly give hints. It's not too hard of a puzzle, so long as you take everything into account. ...
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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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sorting 4 numbers using Min - Max boxes

Min-Max is a box that is capable of determining which of the two numbers is the higher (Max) and which is lower (Min). I need to use minimum amount of boxes in order to sort 4 different numbers (any ...
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Find the 33rd two characters, and where they belong

I'm working on a puzzle. I'm about 75% of the way through solving the puzzle. The only thing left is you hash 33 two character pairs. I have 32 two character pairs. Possible characters are [a-z, ...
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Restoring order in a deck of playing cards (II)

Michelle has a deck of 52 playing cards in a pile with their backs facing up. She takes the first 2 cards in the pile, turns them over, and places them at the bottom of the pile. She now takes the ...
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Restoring order in a deck of playing cards (I)

Michelle has a deck of 52 playing cards, stacked in a pile with their backs facing up. She takes the first 2 cards in the pile, turns them over, and places them at the bottom of the pile. She now ...
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The “Jumbled” Cipher

The elusive "Jumbled" cipher has stumped scientists and cryptographers alike... Not really, but it will stump you soon... The Jumbled Cipher is a mysterious text cipher that puts text into an ...
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The Sequencer - da-da-daaa!

This is what the diagram on the machine looked like: And this is the output that was in the box. ...
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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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Maximum Height of a Hotel with Strange Elevators

I encountered this puzzle many years ago, and I think back on it often as it is unique and thought provoking. As far as I know nobody has proved the given solution as optimum, so it may still be ...
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Consecutive integers around a circle

Find a block of positive consecutive integers that can be placed around a circle in some order so that any two adjacent numbers always have a common divisor greater than 1.
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Pairwise coprime numbers in a 3 x 3 board

Find all the ways of placing all the digits 1 to 9 in the cells of a 3 x 3 board in such a manner that the seven three-digit numbers that can be read horizontally (from left to right), vertically (top ...
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A partition of 79633 into thirteen parts [duplicate]

The sum of thirteen positive integers is 79633. If placed appropriately on the vertices of this graph, two of them will be joined by an edge if and only if they have a common divisor greater than 1 (...
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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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A 4 x 4 Magic Square with Pairwise Relatively Prime Entries

Find a 4 x 4 magic square of positive integers such that any two of its entries are pairwise different and relatively prime, i.e., have no common divisor greater than 1. What is the least that the ...
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From one color to another

white turns to blue blue turns to red red turns to aquamarine but green stays the same People from StackOverflow might appreciate this one.
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Labelling a Snow Flake Graph to Attain Minimum Sum

Label the vertices (or nodes) of this graph with positive integers so that any two nodes are joined by a edge (or line) if and only if the corresponding integers have a common divisor greater than 1 (...
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A regular riddle

I'm kept inside a boxy cage.A prefix for the modern age, I make the messages you create fly at a supersonic rate. Now that box has me and my friends inside a box with rounded ends. You can ...
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A Fun, Fantastic, Phonic Cipher!

An old friend of mine recently sent me an email. Being a linguist, he always finds creative (read: annoying) ways to use his words to baffle me. After about five minutes, I usually just give up. ...
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One-word riddle (possibly python)

The question/riddle is: "Never has a snake given such words of wisdom." The hint is: "Thou shall never pass errors silently!" It is possible to be related to Python, errors or something like that. ...
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What date encoding could this be?

40 years ago I read a book, but couldn't remember the title. I've been looking for it for a while, and I finally (finally!) found it! And then I worked out why it took so long. It hasn't been ...
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Can you give us a statement?

Picture an 11x11 grid. Each cell must contain one character. This can be any ASCII character. The contents of the entire row must validate against both corresponding H regex clues. And the contents of ...
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Where is the money?

When I was just a little kid my parents died in a terrible accident, and I was left alone in the world. When I reached the age of 18, I received an envelope with a letter that read the following: ...
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Statements in Java

Each code block translates to a specific statement in English. There is a theme behind the statements. As code puzzles tend to be "easier" (relative to other PSE puzzles) than expected, it will not be ...
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question of royal proportions

I dont know if this is going to be any good but this is my first attempt at on of these puzzles. The following piece of code relates to a famous saying/phrase/article/piece. ...
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Applied logic challenge problem #2

This is similar to my previous Applied Logic Challenge Problem but with a significant difference at the end which could make this problem somewhat more difficult. Again it is a problem of my own ...
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Applied logic challenge problem

You must determine what can be concluded from the 60 true statements below. The numbers in each statement represent binary values (true / ...
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An Artwork Made from Several Countries

Last year I went to 12 different countries around the world. I made an AI to convert every country that I've visited into a beautiful artwork as a reminder. I input the 12 countries name, then somehow ...
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What's the Difference?

*not sure if this counts as a real puzzle, but I will ask it anyways. Can you catch the difference between the 2 following letters? х ...
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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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You see me right now… but you can't

Look over here! Oh... that's right. I'm too small to be seen. But you are still looking at me. Crazy! I know right? Here, how about this? You guess what I am! Okay. Well if I get too much ...
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Ornithogenic Turnover

Peptiberg: Hello, friend. Why do you look so pleased? Tippgeber: My friend just had a change of profession - from a divisive one to a constructive one. Peptiberg: Was it a smooth transition? ...
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Mysterious Flash Drive

First puzzle I ever do! Hopefully it won't be too easy or too challenging. My co-worker just gave me a USB flash drive, which was supposed to contain a couple files of code for me to review. ...
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The “foo” encoding

This puzzle has been solved. Please skip to the bottom of this question for the answer. Introducing the mysterious foo encoding... based on the common computer programming template variables ...
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What does one do to decrypt this?

'Encrypted': 10101110001011101000000001110111000101011100011101110000000011101110100010111000111010111011100 Context: This is simpler than you think. So simple the solution to this problem would be ...
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Once again, another Linux movie quote!

Because I can't get off this linux movie quote train, here is another one! Can you find the famous movie quote hidden in this linux block? ...
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Yet another movie line on the Linux terminal

What famous quote does the following terminal session refer to? $ ps -o ppid= -p $u 28342 $ echo $$ 28342
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My co-workers left me a message

While refactoring a massive chunk of old code, I found a rather curious section of code commented out that wasn't there the day before. Can you tell me what it means? ...
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Yet another movie quote hidden in Linux

Inspired by this question and this question, can you guess the famous movie quote hidden in this Linux block? ...
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Another Linux movie command

Inspired by this question, here's another Linux command representing a famous line: cp -a ~she ~ Which line is it?
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Chuck Norris vs. This Question

public var c: = Infinity; public var w:Array = [,<...
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Coding puzzles with pen and paper

At work we are doing a coding competition on hackerrank – it is real coding – you are given input and you have to code a program that produces the correct output. Now, I would like to promote this ...
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Where is my brother?

Couple days ago, my brother went missing. It seems like he's ran away from home. I decided to search his computer, to see if there are any clues to where he might have gone. All I've found was this ...