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A puzzle whose solution is a methodological plan of action for realizing a specific goal.

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Communicating Information about Cards

Seven cards, numbered $1,2,3,4,5,6,7$, are distributed randomly among three people: Rand gets one of them, Deusovi gets three of them, and Gareth gets three of them. All three know what the seven ...
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Can you Turn MI to MU?

Using the letters M, I, and U, which can be used to create words. Can you turn MI into MU using in each step one of the following rules: Insert a U to the end of a word ending in I. e.g: MI becomes ...
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Can a group of professors determine their average salary without learning any information about each other's? [duplicate]

A group of at least 5 jealous professors are locked in a room. There is nothing else in the room but pencils and one tiny scrap of paper per person. The professors want to determine their average (...
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Lions and Zebras on a Chess Board

The black knight is our lion chasing 8 white bishop zebras which can't capture. Can the zebras evade the lion forever, if team zebra positions all the pieces and has the first turn? Rules: The game ...
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The Greedy Box (Or: Another crazy guard offering his prisoners freedom)

Two prisoners, in separate cells, are watched over by one eccentric and whimsical guard. One day he (inevitably) decides to give the prisoners a chance to earn their freedom by playing a game with ...
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10 prisoners and 10 lists of numbers [duplicate]

10 prisoners are held captive by a cruel warden. One day he gathers them in the prison hall and tells them about a new game he wants to play: "Tomorrow, I will assign each one of you a random ...
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Guessing game with infinity coin flips

Evan and Ollie are going to play a game as a team. The two friends placed in separate rooms, and then a coin is flipped infinitely many times*. Evan is told the results of the even numbered flips, ...
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Is it possible to use one sequence of moves to solve the Rubik's cube from any position?

Is there a sequence of moves that can be repeated over and over again which can solve any legal position the Rubik's Cube? If so what is it, and if there's more than one, what's the shortest? If not, ...
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Another Secret Polynomial

Alice: Let's play a game, Bob! Bob: (sighing) What is it this time? Alice: I'm thinking of a polynomial $P$ with integer co-efficients. For any integer $n$, you can ask me what $P(n)$ is. Then, if,...
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Gettings most jewels in a square 5x5

Playing an online game I came across a small puzzle (a mini-game in game). The game is about getting jewels in a row - a player needs to get 5 in a row / column or a 5-square-diagonal. Let me show you ...
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A secret polynomial

Alice has a secret polynomial $P$ with positive integer coefficients. When Bob gives Alice a positive integer $n \neq 2016$, Alice replies with the value of $P(n)$. After doing this several times, Bob ...
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99 chips into more chips

You are at a casino in Vegas and you have earned 99 chips by playing poker! While you are checking out a slot machine, someone comes to you and congratulates you that you have a chance to make more ...
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99 chips into more chips V2

This is follow up question of 99 chips into more chips, which is originally: You are at a casino in Vegas and you have earned 99 chips by playing poker! While you are checking out a slot ...
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The Circular Prison of Unknown Size

You are the president of a secret society of mathematicians with $n$ members, including yourself. No one in the society knows what $n$ is. The dictator of the world, in an effort to erase mathematics ...
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Amnesiac in a ring shaped palace

Related: Turn off all lights in a ring-shaped palace Your boss has trapped you inside a ring-shaped palace, and all you know about the palace is that there are some number* of identical rooms, each ...
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The Alchemist's brew

I'm an Alchemist and I want to prepare Universal Panacea. That's a precious thing and I will be able to sell it for good money. The complete recipe for the Panacea is of course very complex (and ...
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A Strategy Game Involving Conquering of Regions

This is a game that I saw in a book long ago. Unfortunately I cannot find the book now, and even if I can as I recall it does not provide a strategy. I will be very grateful if you can provide me a ...
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'Companion Planting' Logic Puzzle - Is there an elegant solution?

Problem: You're a vegetable gardener planning to plant out seedlings in a new garden bed, however your farmer's almanac has outlined a system of rules about what plants can and cannot be placed next ...
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Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 3 of 3)

The part 1 can be found here: Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 1 of 3) The part 2 can be found here: Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 2 of 3) The Mechanics Ampera Bridge, the famous landmark of Palembang City ...
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“Alien Love” Puzzle

There is a group of 10 aliens and each alien is either male or female. You don't know how many male or female aliens are in the group, but you know that exactly one of them is a "hybrid" male alien. ...
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Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 2 of 3)

The part 1 can be found here: Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 1 of 3) The Mechanics Ampera Bridge, the famous landmark of Palembang City is in danger! A terrorist has sticked a bomb in the middle of ...
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Taming a Bomb Puzzle (Part 1 of 3)

The Mechanics Ampera Bridge, the famous landmark of Palembang City is in danger! A terrorist has sticked a bomb in the middle of Ampera Bridge. The bomb cannot be removed and it can explode anytime. ...
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Fake and genuine coins

There are 14 coins, numerated from 1 to 14, and presented as an evidence at the court. The first 7 are fake coins, and others are genuine coins. Fake coins have all the same weight and they are ...
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How the best card can I choose?

Me and Varun playing a game of cards (standard deck of 52 cards). In which we distributed 5 cards to each other. Edit: We have seen each other's cards. We have to put the cards in a line one by one ...
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Dominating Furbles

This question was previously from the Haselbauer - Dickheiser Test For Exceptional Intelligence, a test that was previously available on the website www.highiqosociety.com, but was removed several ...
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Strategy for Modified Lights out

A friend of mine showed me a variation of lights out that they were interested in, and asked me if it would be possible to solve any given empty grid. This variation involves toggling not just the ...
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Hiding Cat Puzzle on a Grid

The Youtube channel MindYourDecisions posted a video about the "Hiding Cat Puzzle". In the puzzle, you have a line of five boxes, one of which contains a cat. You don't know where the cat is, and your ...
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The Monster and the Chessboard [duplicate]

You have a standard checkerboard with 64 squares and a coin in each square, randomly facing heads or tails up. There is an evil monster in the room with you and he arbitrarily selects some square and ...
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Prisoners and minority voting

Disclaimer: this is a scenario that I came up with on my own, and I do not actually know if there is a possible solution. The reason for posting is to see if the combined intellect of PSE can help to ...
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If 27 x 147 = 3969 What is its square root WITHOUT using complex / long calculationx [closed]

Basically what you have to do is find √3969 without using complex /long calculations
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Taking a ball from basket challenge [duplicate]

I have 10 red balls, 10 blue balls, and 2 baskets. You are free to choose the numbers of red balls, and the numbers of blue balls to put to the first basket. Then you have to put rest of the balls to ...
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How to get voters to vote against themselves [closed]

On an island far away, there are people. They have an ancient law which states that anyone can propose a new law. However, new laws must be voted upon immediately after proposal (i.e there is no time ...
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Murder mystery on 1st day of school [closed]

On the first day of school there has already been a murder! There are four suspects and here is their stories: The math teacher says he was giving a test to his students. The librarian was ...
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Higher or lower?

The game “Higher or Lower” is a simple one in which playing cards are drawn randomly from a deck, and the player has to guess whether each subsequent card will be higher or lower in value than the ...
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More than equilibrium

Assume you have 2 identical metal cubes, the only difference being their temperatures $T_1 = 0 \, \text{°C}$, $T_2 = 100 \, \text{°C}$: The task is now to transfer as much heat as possible to the ...
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Logic Coin Question [duplicate]

Please view comments to see how it is not a duplicate.... I am looking at it from a CPU perspective. If there are 23 coins that are on a screen, and there are two players and you get to pick if you ...
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Filling the board with 0s and 1s

You are given a $9\times9$ grid board. You have 40 "$1$"s and 41 "$0$"s. You can put these numbers wherever you want on the board. After that, you will take the sum of the numbers in each row and ...
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Even and Odd game

You are playing a game with your friend on a $7$x$7$ grid board. In every turn, you begin by putting a $0$ (zero) on any empty square on the board, and then your friend puts a $1$ (one) on a ...
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Battleship Game with only one Aircraft Carrier

Two guys are playing regular battleship game with only one Aircraft Carrier, with dimensions $5\times1$. Their table is regular $10\times10$ Battleship game grid board. One guy places his Aircraft ...
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Rational Smuggling

Archie, the archaeologist, has discovered 50 valuable gold coins, which he needs to ship to Zurich. Using an insured courier is expensive, costing $50\%$ of the shipment value. On the other hand, ...
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Time traveler treasure Hunt

A time traveler is collecting treasures. He is using a space-time ship to transport between 5 different place-rooms. Each place has 1 precious treasure from the ancient times in each of 5 time zones. ...
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Optimal next move in minesweeper game?

In order to solve this minesweeper game, what is the optimal next move? A description of the game can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minesweeper_(video_game) I do not have the answer ...
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Picking A Number Game

Alice and Bob play a game starting from Alice where Alice and Bob are supposed to write a number to the board, Then the game goes through several rounds between Alice and Bob with the rules below: ...
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Can you open the bathroom door? [closed]

This happened to me in a rental apartment and I had to be creative to solve it. The geniuses who designed the bathroom managed to fit a drawer about a centimeter behind the door, and eventually what ...
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Tic-Tac-Toe variant

To help people think this out, I've made a web game with increasingly difficult cpu players to allow brainstorming and testing strategies: cpu player, easiest (version 1 - at least 5-in-a-row is ...
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Number exchange game

Inigo and Vizzini are to have a battle of wits to the death. The rules are: Inigo is given two independent random numbers uniformly distributed between 0 and 1. Inigo chooses one of the numbers to ...
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Guessing a number game with a twist

Most of us have come across the problem in which a player chooses a number within a range $1-n$ and we have to guess that number by asking minimum no. of questions. That can be done by binary search(...
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When do missionaries and cannibals problems have solutions?

In the Missionaries and Cannibals problem: Three missionaries and three cannibals must cross a river using a boat which can carry at most two people, under the constraint that, for both banks, ...
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What is best strategy to multiple turn prisoners dilemma, when your opponents actions are hidden?

Best strategy for multiple turn prisoners dilemma is called tit for tat you start with cooperation and then repeat your opponents answer from previous turn. Is ...
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The barbarian king [duplicate]

A barbarian king wants his tribe to have more men than women, because men can fight and women cannot. to achieve this, he introduces the following law: Each couple has to produce babies until they ...