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Lockpicking combinations [on hold]

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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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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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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How many consecutive integers can you make using only four digits?

In the spirit of the classic four fours, I wonder what's the optimal set of four numbers? Your goal is to make the most consecutive integers using four digits of your choice. Pick four: $0,1,2,3,...
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By American Standards

I once went to the USA and a guy asked me, "What is a+B?" I could answer him. What was my answer? HINT: Note: The title is appropriate, and B is capitalized on purpose.
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 5)

Cyrus walked through the third door and went into a damp passageway. Suddenly, Cyrus found a big bug on the floor. "Damn!" Cyrus stepped on it and the bug died. After a while, Cyrus arrived at a small ...
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Box of tablets, whole or broken: solution required

This is a puzzle that I thought up whilst taking a course of meds. I currently haven’t solved it, and would be curious to know if anyone has a solution for it. Here goes: Scenario: John has a box of ...
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Five Angles in a Star

In a regular pentagram (5-pointed star), the angle in each point is 36 degrees, so the angles in all five points sum to 180 degrees: What about an irregular pentagram, such as the following? Now the ...
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What's the missing number?

$\begin{array}{ccc}6&7&4\\ 4&11&14\\ 13&2&11\\ 6&8&1\\ 15&3&?\end{array}$ Own attempt at building a puzzle, find the missing number.
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Missing Number in a Seven Segment Circle

What number should replace the question mark? Please be helpful. If you have the answer, please reply to this post with the explanation and answer. If you don't have the answer, then don't comment. ...
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You could help me, couldn't you?

Introduction I am an enthusiastic geometry student, preparing for my first quiz. Yet while revising I accidentally spilt my coffee onto my notes. Can you rescue me and draw me a diagram so that I ...
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Master and Slave versus Bob: hard version

Continuation of: "Sub-puzzle: Master and Slave versus Bob the Violent but Honest Psychopath" and "Master and Slave versus Bob: easy version" The hard version is identical to the easy version (see ...
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Alice and Bob play at cards

To pass the time Alice and Bob play a simple game of chance where cards are drawn in pairs from a shuffled standard 52-card deck. If two red cards are drawn Alice wins the round. If two black cards ...
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What value will be replaced by question mark? [closed]

I can't find any answer The options are: (a)18. (B) 16. (C)10. (D)12!
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Find the missing element?

I've been trying to solve this for quite some time, can you help me solve it? This puzzle was made by one of my friend's teachers. This is not copyrighted and cannot be found anywhere on the internet. ...
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I need a solution for this puzzle [closed]

This is meant to be a simple puzzle Given that: 3 - 4= -1 5 + 3= 7 2 + 6= 15 30 / 6= 20 Find: 20% of the sum for the final answer Hint: Final Answer Format: 00/0=0 (/ = ÷) (Divide Symbol)
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The grades of the students in a class

You are a new Math 102 professor in a university class of 88 students and would like to learn their grades from previous semester to know your students better and put a note of it to get an idea how ...
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What number I am? [closed]

I am a 4 digit number The digit in the ones place is 6 The value of the digit in the hundreds places is 500 The digits in the tens and thousands places are the same and they add up to 8 What number I ...
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Which Numbers Replace the Question Marks?

Can you find out what the numbers below have in common? Can you figure out what comes next? ...
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Use 0 1 2 3 4 to form 9 3-digit numbers

Use $0, 1, 2, 3, 4$ to make the any of these numbers: $$331, 333, 435, 452, 455, 458, 461, 469, 470$$ You must use all $5$ digits $0, 1, 2, 3, 4$ each exactly once. You can make multi-digit ...
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#, %O, and so on

I woke up this morning to find someone had added a new button to my basic calculator. Besides the $+$, $-$, $\times$ and $\div$ buttons, there's now also a $\#$ button. I figured, "Well, this probably ...
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How to solve the input output puzzle?

Here's the puzzle I am solving daily input-output challenge questions in the gradeup android app in order to take preparation for SBI (State Bank of India) PO (Probationary officer). Here I came ...
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You surely don't want to score 100/100

The Story: Today, the Maths quizzes are handed out by the teacher. You got 100/100. Everyone got 100/100. But you're not happy with it. Everyone's not happy with it. You want to ...
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Chess Massacre Variants-Play Find The Fastest Way?

I have thought up several variations of massacre chess. Massacre chess is a game where almost every single move is a capture. The idea here is that only the chosen type of piece can capture. It ...
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Four coins on my desk

I have four coins, all of which are United States currency, on my desk. Some of these coins are face up, and the rest are face down. I know the following facts about the four coins: 1) Each of the ...
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Legal advise for a family dilemma

"A client of mine," said a lawyer, "was on the point of death when his wife was about to present him with a child. I drew up his will, in which he settled two-thirds of his estate upon his son (if it ...
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The ultimate conversion of a square into right angle pyramid

This is a follow up of other puzzles. Here a general case of which the other cases are a subset. Given a square of any size, cut it into four pieces to be reassembled into a right angle pyramid (the ...
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An unusual and very hard number sequence problem

I heard this number sequence problem about 25 years ago from a maths lecturer. What number should go in the place of the question mark in this mathematical sequence: $..., 30, ?, 60, 90, 140, 225, ...
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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: ...
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Some interesting calculation puzzle that I made

So I'm creating some kind math puzzle that goes like this: 1=-2+3 12=3*4 123=(4*5)+(6+7)*8-9+10 (thanks JS1 for finding shorter one) 1234=(5*6*7*8)-(9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+(17*18)+19+20+(-21+22)) ...
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How many cars does the millionaire have?

I had a logical riddle on a programming interview test which was something like this: In his garage a millionaire had cars, of which only 2 were not white, only 2 were not green and only 2 were not ...
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The maximum number of SETs with six cards

The SET game works with a deck of $81$ cards. Each card contains a set of symbols with four attributes: color (red, green, purple), shading (empty, striped, or solid), shape (oval, squiggle, or ...
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Oops! Mixed up Multiplication - Needs to be Fixed

$Given$: $U$, $V$, $C$ are distinct digits, varying from 1 to 9. $U$ > $V$ > $C$ $UVC$, $VCU$, $CUV$ are concatenated Numbers $(UVC)*(VCU)*(CUV)$ = $234235286$ The digits on the right hand side ...
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Savage Road Signs

There is a highway that starts in the city of Savage. You must must place distance marker signs on this highway for the outgoing traffic. According to highway code, there must be a distance marker ...