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Solution to Puzzle #180: White and Black Beans

This was one of the simpler puzzles and I got correct answers from many. This included Mahi Saraf, Anahat (Prakhar’s son), Vishal Poddar, Pratik Poddar and Praneeth. Well done all. The answer is “white”. I am borrowing the answer from … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #179: Crossing the River

This was a very simple puzzle, and therefore I guess I did not challenge enough minds. I got a correct answer from Mahi Saraf – well done Mahi! I would still encourage parents to show this puzzle to their children, … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #178: Minarets of Samarra

This was a beautiful geometry arrangement puzzle, and I received correct answers from three people – Vishal Poddar, Mahi Saraf and Suman Saraf – well done all! Am reproducing the answers from all of them, please notice the patters of … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #177: How Many Times Can You Measure

This was a difficult puzzle. I got the correct answer only from Suman Saraf, and another correct answer to a slightly modified puzzle from Pratik Poddar. You can measure 23 different lengths. Here’s an explanation, taken from the site fivethrityeight.com. The … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #176: Outsmart Your Teacher

This was a fun and relatively simpler puzzler, and I was bombarded with correct answers. People with correct answers included Mahi Saraf, Deepak Jayaraman, Rishikant Kumar, Abhinav Jain, Pratik Poddar and Shivanshu. I am taking the liberty of copying the … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #175: The Three Bag Puzzle

This was a simple but cute puzzle, and thanks again to Suman Saraf for suggesting this one. I received correct answers from Deepak Jayaraman (a first time participant), Pratik Poddar and Vishal Poddar. Well done all! Here is the answer … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #174: Happy Birthday!

This puzzle was not an easy one, and one of the ways to make it easier was to solve it for a smaller number of candles and then try to solve for larger number of candles. There is a whole … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #173: Dividing a Circle into 7 Parts

This was a beautiful puzzle and amongst my favourite geometry puzzles. Unfortunately I did not get a perfect answer from anyone, even though I did receive an answer from Abhinav Jain and Pratik Poddar. I am taking the liberty of … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #172: Divisibility by First 13 Numbers

This was perhaps too simple a problem, to the point that very few responded 😦 Thanks to Abhinav Jain and Pratik Poddar for sending in the correct answers. The answer is 360,360. We are already told that the answer for … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #171: Buying Dimsums

Many puzzles sometimes give you a glimpse of some amazing brilliance that lies all around us – this was one such puzzle. While many of you gave the correct answer for the number (which is 11), and this included Abhinav … Continue reading

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