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Solution to Puzzle #95: How Many Ways to Play the Tabla

Thanks for a record breaking viewership this week…this is the maximum traffic I have had on the site ever since I started the puzzle! Many people sent the correct answer (which is 34 ways to do it). Some people gave … Continue reading

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Puzzle #95: How Many Ways to Play the Tabla

Heard this awesome puzzle yesterday while watching a video of Manjul Bhargava with my children (thanks to my wife Pooja to introduce me to this one). For those who do not know, Manjul Bhargava is a Princeton Professor who got … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #86: Add The Digits and Count

This was a difficult puzzle, and I got only one response and a correct one from Ganesh Ramani, my friend from IITD Comp Science and now in Tokyo – well done! To arrive at the solution, lets begin with Variation … Continue reading

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Puzzle #86: Add The Digits And Count

I found this beautiful puzzle on Brilliant.org very recently. A very different kind of puzzle, requires basic knowledge of combinatorics. I have also created a couple of simpler versions so that children can also attempt it. Original Problem:¬†How many integers … Continue reading

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Puzzle #40: White-Tailed Cats

This is another puzzle from the same book as I posted last time – “Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities”. This puzzle appears on Page #31 of the book. Here is the puzzle: ‘I see you have got a cat,’ … Continue reading

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Puzzle #12: How Many Routes?

This is a puzzle from the book “Moscow Puzzles”, and the book borrowed this puzzle from one of the Mathematical Circles, a unique Russian way of making learning of Mathematics more fun through puzzles. Here is the puzzle: How many … Continue reading

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