# Questions tagged [mathematics]

A puzzle strongly related to mathematical facts and objects, or whose solution needs serious mathematical arguments. General mathematics questions are off-topic but can be asked on Mathematics Stack Exchange.

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### Very easy trigonometry question

There is a very well-known family of right triangles in Mathematics called "The Imperial triangles". Let me explain you how they are defined: We say $T_n$ is the $n$-th Imperial triangle if these two ...
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### Trying to figure a math puzzle/equation for a surprise trip using the date [on hold]

I planning a surprise trip for my husband's 40th. He is a math geek. I am not. My plan is to tell him in a series of riddles/puzzles that he needs to figure out. We are going to LA to see his ...
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### What are the house numbers?

Following the last question " What is the corner house number?" here is possibly a more challenging version. Fill in the missing house numbers on the map shown below. The area is occupied by math and ...
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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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### What is a NaturaW 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 NaturaW Word™. Use the ...
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### Lockpicking combinations [closed]

A locksmith uses the tool below to pick a tumbler lock with 6 pins and 6 possible pin heights. Suppose she already knows the correct sequence in which to try the pins. How many combinations will she ...
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### Ernie and the Superconducting Boxes

I was in anticipation all last week. Ernie, who had been travelling for several months, was finally coming home. So over the weekend I dropped in on him. He was bursting with news. "Some wonderful ...
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### A Magic Diamond

Place 15 different positive integers on the vertices of this graph so that the ten products of three numbers in a straight line are all equal.
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### Big number puzzle

I saw this on rec.puzzles many years ago, but can't find the reference to credit the source. I am thinking of a large number. If you want to multiply it by a two digit number $ab$ with $a \lt b$, ...
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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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### Missing Piece of Pie - Can you find it?

A piece is missing! What should it be?
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### we are five we have three thousand four hundred fifty who are we? [closed]

we are five we three thousand four hundred fifty, who are we ?. Its a riddle like question but stranded with getting the answer for this question , am very sure the answer will make me slap my head ...
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### 5 Precommitting Pirates Puzzle

Another variant of the Pirate Puzzle, inspired by this variant and a bit more complex. Scenario: Five pirates of different ages obtain 100 gold pieces in total, and want to decide how to split them. ...
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### Complete the series on this set of numbers [closed]

Here is one that I can't seem to solve: Complete the following series: 529, 531, 542, 544, 561, 558
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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 make 21?

How do you make $21$ from the numbers $1$, $5$, $6$, and $7$? You can use the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as brackets. You must use each number exactly ...
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### 5 Negotiating Pirates Puzzle

5 pirates of different ages have a treasure of 100 gold coins. On their ship, they decide to split the coins using this scheme: The oldest pirate proposes how to share the coins, and ALL pirates (...
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### 5 Pirate Puzzle Question

Question: 5 pirates of different ages have a treasure of 100 gold coins. On their ship, they decide to split the coins using this scheme: The oldest pirate proposes how to share the coins, and ALL ...
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### How to choose at least half of everything

Some number of gold, silver, and copper coins are scattered in $N$ chests. You may look into each chest and count each type of coin in them, and then select $M$ of the chests. Your goal is to have at ...
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### IX-NAY on the IX-SAY

Will this sequence ever have a 6 in it? 9, 1, 1, 1, 10, 3, 1, 1, 10, 5, 1, 1, 10, 1, 5, 2, 1, 1, 10, 1, 1, 1, 5, 4, 1, 1, 10, 3, 1, 1, 5, 1, 1, 1, 5, 2, 1, 1, 10, 5, 1, 1, 5, 3, 1, 1, 5, 4, 1, ... ...
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### Make numbers 1-30 using 2, 0, 1, 9

This is very similar to the 2, 0, 1, 8 problem. Just try to make all numbers 1-30 using the digits 2, 0, 1, 9. Rules: Use all four digits exactly once Allowed operations: +, -, x, ÷, ! (factorial), ...
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### What should be the missing number? [closed]

What would be the missing number?
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### Salesman's claim for mechanical keypad lock - 5 buttons and 545 combinations!

A company makes mechanical keypad locks. The keypad is a set of five buttons arranged vertically. O O O O O The buttons are quite close together. Once a ...
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### Grandpa's Numbers

Grandpa likes pencils but not pens Grandpa likes Beijing but not Tokyo Grandpa likes math but not chemistry Grandpa likes Contact but not _______ Make sure to explain! Hint 1: Hint 2: ...