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Cup and Trade: The Perfect Nutmeg Soup

Your package from Orinoco has finally arrived! It's the Master Chef's Environmentally-Friendly Measuring Cup Set. It comes with 64 measuring cups having a volume of 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, ....
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Are there eighteen or twenty bars in my castle?

Two friends, Mark and Rose, are very famous logicians; they are so clever that they can deduce any logic connection possible in a matter of minutes even from the most vague situation. Unfortunately, ...
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Figure out this Four digit Palindrome with two distinct digits and

The sum of the digits of the palindrome is Same as the number remaining after last two digits are removed.
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The Football Squad

The sixteen players of a football squad, wearing shirts numbered 1 to 16, have arrived in town for a tournament. At their hotel, they are assigned 16 rooms consecutively numbered. Moreover, each of ...
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Deduce Distinct Digits of the Given Fibonacci Sequence- Detail all Steps

$DEPUS$ $SRST$ $UDQD$ $CTQU$ $DTPR$ $PQR$ $SDE$ $VRR$ $CVV$ $DUU$ $QP$ $TT$
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Valiant Knight is back..but he is in grave danger from the Evil Queen

King has placed a bounty on Valiant Knight and enlisted his evil queen’s help. Queen knows knight’s regular stops of his journey and knows he goes through all odd prime cells. She strategically ...
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Robots in a spaceship

Xerxes has 6, 7 and 8-arm robots in his spaceship. Unfortunately, the 7-arm robots are misprogrammed and everything they say is a lie. The other robots are fine, they always speak the truth. Once ...
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Strange? Primes and Palindromes have no business being in this Place?

$1$ $1$,$2$ Good easy start $1$,$2$,$4$ As expected $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$ I know it is going to be easy $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$ why is he giving this? I got it! $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$,Prime ...oops!.....
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How do you make Prime “COMPUTERS”?

$Given$: $COMPUTERS$ is the smallest Pan Digital containing all the digits 1 to 9 occurring only once. $COMPUTERSV$ is a Prime only when one of the correct digit ($V$)is added at the end. Also, $...
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A blanket for my baby snake

Mama snake wants to knit a blanket for little baby snake. She is not a dissipater and wants to make the blanket of a minimal size (area). But her baby snake is quite a lively baby and it always ...
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What is my number in circle? [duplicate]

N > 1 people sit in a circle clearly seeing all others. They are going to be blindfolded and, while in this state, hats are put on their heads - one per person, naturally. On each hat there is written ...
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Tiling a square with rectangles

Tile completely this 47 x 47 square with 52 rectangles. Each rectangle must contain precisely one numbered cell, and that number must be the area or perimeter of the rectangle it finds itself in. ...
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Listen to my Story…Let us find the Unique Invisible Pan Digital Pair

I was an avid reader of Popular Science magazine. In the last page or so, they usually had visual clues without words to make useful stuff. I always wanted to create a mathematical puzzle like that ...
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Answered it badly…on purpose?

Teacher: You got a 0. Miles Morales: Is that...failed? Teacher: Listen. If you answer all questions on a multiple choice test randomly, you would get a 25%. This means the only way for you to ...
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All Aboard..Hop onto the Power Train to reach Destination Unity

Your goal is to reach the destination unity. starting from $3462$ with three intermediate stops. You are allowed to use only 2 mathematical operations..multiplication and Exponentiation. All the ...
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Primes from the Pan Digital

Pan Digital Number is the smallest with all the digits 1 to 9 with no repeats. When looking forwards or backwards, eleven Primes can be extracted from that number preserving the same sequence. Among ...
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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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The strange forest

In the forest of change there are strange creatures: 17 puzzs, 55 lings and 6 stacs. If one species meets the other, then they become the third. For example: If a puzz meets a stac, then they ...
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Number 88 from the digits 2, 0, 1 and 7?

Can you use the digits 2, 0, 1 and 7 each only once to create the number 88?
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Resolve this Fibonacci Relationship

$Given$: $A$, $B$, $C$, $E$, $F$ are distinct digits varying from $1$ to $9$. $A$ is a Fibonacci number. $BB$, $BC$, $EF$ are concatenated Numbers. $Relationship$: $(A*BB)*(BC)^2$ = $(EF)^2- B$ ...
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The Starks, Parks, Clarks and their kids

Inspired by Martin Gardner's puzzle from his book John,a new student at the Math Department of the College, was invited to a get-together at one of the Professor's house. Professor Stark welcomed ...
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sum and gcd june19 challenge!

Can anyone please help me out with the https://www.codechef.com/JUNE19B/problems/SUMAGCD question? Chef has a sequence of positive integers $A_1,A_2, \dots, A_N$. He wants to split this sequence ...
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How many possible starting positions are uniquely solvable for a nonogram puzzle?

This type of puzzle goes by many names: Nonogram, Picross, and Griddlers are all mentioned on the Wikipedia page, Simon Tatham calls it Pattern, I was introduced to it as Descartes Rainbow, ... The ...
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How many codes are possible?

The line - codes we are looking at consist of black and red lines. These lines can have width 1 or 2. Black and red lines are taking turns, black line, red line, black line, ... The code ends and ...
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Resolve these Highly Narcissistic Relations

$U$, $V$, $C$ , $D$ , $E$, $F$, $G$, $H$, are distinct digits, varying from 1 to 9. $UVCD$, $EFGHD$, $EHHEV$ are concatenated numbers. Please deduce these with concise reasoning from the given ...
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What percentage of blue? [closed]

Lines are drawn parallel to the base of the triangle, dividing the other sides into 10 equal parts. Every second strip is painted blue. Question What is the percentage of blue color in the ...
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Take out one Third..Keep Two Third..To Total Ten

There are total 36 numbers in the grid shown in the picture. Cross out 12 of them and keep 24 of them. Sum of the rest of the numbers should total 10 for each row and column.
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Help the IT guy heal one of his hard drives [duplicate]

There are $64$ hard drives each with one extra bit ("flag"), the value of which you don't know (it can be '$0$' or '$1$'). One hard drive is infected with virus that you need to heal. You have two ...
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How much water do you need to cross the desert?

This question is inspired by Terry Pratchett's "Small Gods," in which an army crosses a vast desert by making multiple trips and caching water along the way. 1. Provide an answer. 2. I doubt I'm the ...
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Professor Roman gives unusual math quiz ahead of

His usual Monday Morning 8am class. This is for extra AAA credits. $A$, $B$, $C$ are distinct digits. $AA$, $BA$, $BBAAA$, $CBBBAB$ are distinct numbers. Please deduce these with concise reasoning ...
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A Chwistmas Widdle With a Twist

Chwistmas is the same with or without me, though I do wish you all Mewwy Chwistmas... I wish to be wid of my condition I am named and famed with humiliation A small happy square wheel! ...
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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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Perfect Powered Relations - Please Figure them out

$D$, $E$, $F$, $G$, $H$, $S$, $T$, $U$, $V$ are distinct digits and can vary from 0 to 9. $DE$, $FGH$, $ESDE$, $SS$, $ST$, $SU$ are all concatenated Numbers. From the given Relations below, deduce ...
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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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5 cars in a roundabout traffic

Five cars are driving in a roundabout traffic at the same moment. Each comes from an other direction, and drives less than one full round. Also each car leave the roundabout traffic in an other ...
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Numbers 1 to 10 in the circles

The objective is to enter the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 in the blue circles. Doing this, the sum of the numbers has to be equal in the three connected rectangles (a rectangle consists of 4 ...
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Go Get the Six Six-Pack

And fill with right Mathematical operands and enjoy. Six Relations shown in the pictures are missing the right operands. You can only use plus, minus, multiplication, division signs in between the ...
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You versus Computer - Who will be the Winner?

You sit down to play a “new” game of chess. In this game only one Knight is on the regular 8x8 chessboard. Only regular legal moves of Knight are allowed. Game begins with computer going first to ...
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Savage Road Signs (Part 3)

You only need to have read Part 1 to understand this question, reading Part 2 will only help understanding the epic storyline. Your daughter refuses to talk to you even though you have (once more) ...
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A Prime Length Rope into Prime length ropes

We have a rope with a prime unit length, and we need to divide this rope into $9$ ropes by cutting it with prime and/or 1 unit lengths. After cutting the rope, you are supposed to find any kind of ...
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Deduce the Missing Digits from the given Relations

Picture shown below contains 3 horizontal and 3 vertical relations. Digits to be filled vary from 1 to 9. Order of operations is given following the arrows vertically and horizontally.
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Be Quick and Calculating..Take Four Shots

To Target Sum of 100 Exactly . By shooting the right different numbers in four shots summing upto 100.
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Red and Blue Dividing Line

In the grid shown below, 20 numbers are given in blue and red. Draw a dividing line along the contours of the grid such that A) Blue Numbers Sum to the same on both sides of the line B) Red Numbers ...
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SOLV for Narcissistic UVC

This puzzle highlights some cyclic power Relations. Please provide detailed reasoning of derivation of digits from various power relations given below: $Given$: $A$, $C$, $L$, $N$, $O$, $S$, $U$, $...
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A Magical Compass

On a walk through the Aelordern forest, a young man found a small brass compass on the ground next to the overgrown forest trail he was strolling on. He opened it eagerly and admired the elaborate ...
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Mystic Island Math - Can you Figure it out?

On Mystic Island math is done via symbols. Distinct symbols represent distinct digits, varying from 0 to 9. From the picture below, figure out the corresponding digits. Please provide your reasoning....
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Why does this solution guarantee that the prince knocks on the right door to find the princess?

I found this puzzle online: On the top floor of a castle lives a princess. The floor has 17 bedrooms arranged in a row. Each bedroom has doors connecting to the adjoining bedrooms as well as to the ...
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How do you Solve an Age-Old Problem? [closed]

Mansion has a son (Mark) and a daughter (Mindy). Mark is older than Mindy. Five years ago, Sum of Mark and Mindy’s ages was twenty two. Five years from now, Mark will be exactly twice as old as Mindy....
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Jack and Jill went up the Hill to play

A Simple Card Game. This deck of cards has only four cards simply labeled 1, 2, 3, 4. They are placed face down. Jack and Jill take turns to draw a card. You sum up the numbers drawn so far after ...
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color coded puzzle

Help me solve this problem. As this site appreciates a little effort from the person who posted it. Here's my thought process: 1) The matrix starts with 0 ( gr, gr, gr). It has three places which can ...