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### Alice knows a+b, Bob knows a×b. Can we find (a,b)?

There are two distinct positive integers $a,b$ (i.e. $a\neq b$) such that $a < 7$ and $b < 7$. Alice has been told the sum of $a$ and $b$. Bob has been told the product of $a$ and $b$. Both ...
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### 9 trees in 7 rows with 3 trees in each row

The following puzzle is a variant of a puzzle published in the May 8, 1926 issue of THE WINNIPEG TRIBUNE MAGAZINE: In the picture below there are nine trees arranged in two rows with five trees in ...
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### Self-referential sequence that is sometimes powers of two

I've created an integer sequence where, after the first two elements, every element is calculated using the previous two. If the first two numbers are $1$ and $3$, the sequence goes as follows: 1, 3,...
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### How to swap position of two elements when you can only rearrange four of them by one-way rotation?

The following puzzle is the final puzzle in the video game "Grim Tales: The Bride". Is there a methodical way of solving this type of puzzle? Can I plan steps to swap the position of the red ...
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### Decipher a long sequence of numbers

51699624576811268526783109824167925197245652924177251787241782538786302873119768312852668312686625268245686752824473216878253830287925175273039778250852831287672527245665263006725397251762529312811498 ...
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### Leonardo Da Vinci's Magic Calendar

It is the year 1468 and young Da Vinci has built a magic calendar going back to Jesus. Here's how it works: Given 7 distinct years between 33 and 1468 inclusive, the arranger discards one and orders ...
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### Logic and geometry problem #3: are cycles possible in Scattercut with added "maximum" rule?

My question is whether or not cycles can occur in the game of Scattercut. That is, you kill some of mine, I kill some of yours, you kill some of mine... Endless cycle of turns. Game never finishes. ...
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### What do 84, 96 and 108 have in common?

There's a certain property that's shared between (as far as I know) infinite positive integers including 84, 96 and 108. Below are the first thousand numbers with this property; I added that many in ...
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### Find the largest number with unique digits, that is divisible by each of its digits [duplicate]

Find the largest number with unique digits, that is divisible by each of its digits. For example 132 has unique digits and is divisible by 1, 2 and 3. But it is not the largest such number. Can you ...
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### 14 coins problem but you can't understand the scale

The 12 coins 12 coins problem but you can't understand the scale asks for is not the maximum possible, therefor this follow-up question: You have a number of coins, one is fake but you don't know ...
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### How many solutions to the twelve coins problem are there?

I was recently asked to solve the classic twelve coins balance problem: You are given twelve coins, eleven of which are equal in weight and one of which is either heavier or lighter than the other ...
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### Pay each amount with at most two coins

Euro cent coins come in the denominations 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. You are inconvenienced by the fact that you need a lot of coins to pay each amount up to 100 cents. To pay 99 cents, you need 6 ...
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### 2 vs. 1.005^200

Without using a calculator or a computer can you determine which of these two numbers is bigger: $2$ or $1.005^{200}$ ? I saw this puzzle in a YouTube video, which I will post later.
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### Colliding Bullets again

Here's a colliding bullets problem of my own devising that's different from previous versions. Every second a gun has a 60% chance of firing a bullet in a straight line. After 10 seconds there would ...
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