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Puzzle #184: The Sage and the Pharmacist

This is a beautiful riddle that I am borrowing from Alok Mittal’s Mathematical Circles class. In a far away land, it was known that if you drank poison, the only way to save yourself is to drink a stronger poison, … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #182: Weights and Balance Once More

This was a difficult puzzle. I got two correct answers – From Suman Saraf and Anahat (Prakhar’s son). Well done, or rather – excellent! Here is the solution for 5 weights – copying solution from Suman. let’s say the weights … Continue reading

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Puzzle #182: Weights and Balance Once More

Somehow puzzles on weights and balances just never end! I found this great one in Martin Gardner’s The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems. Five objects, no two the same weight, are to be ranked in order of increasing … Continue reading

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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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Puzzle #180: White and Black Beans

This is a wonderful puzzle for all ages from Alok Mittal’s weekly Math Circles class. The puzzle is doable by everyone, so please do try yourself and also have your children try this one. A pot contains 75 white beans … Continue reading

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Puzzle #179: Crossing the River

After a rather difficult puzzle, here is an easy one, should take just a few minutes even for children, please do try! This one is from the site mathsisfun.com. Four adventurers (Alex, Brook, Chris and Dusty) need to cross a … Continue reading

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