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Solution to Puzzle #183: 8 Digits

This was a relatively simple problem. I was happy to see my 10 year old, Arushi, solve this one. I also got correct answers from Karan Sharma, Mahi Saraf, Anahat Prakash, Pooja Goyal, Pratik Poddar and Suman Saraf. Well done … Continue reading

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Puzzle #183: 8 Digits

This is another 2-minute problem that kids will enjoy. Found this one again in Martin Gardner’s The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems. Look at the figure below, which has 8 empty circles. You need to place digits 1 … Continue reading

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Puzzle #177: How Many Times You Can Measure

This is a variation of Puzzle #14 (https://alokgoyal1971.com/2013/04/28/puzzle-14-measuring-time/) that I found on the site fivethirtyeight.com. A fantastic puzzle! Suppose you have four ropes and a lighter. Each rope burns at a non-constant rate but takes exactly one hour to burn … 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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Puzzle #171: Buying Dimsums

This is a beauty of a puzzle sent by Suman Saraf – thanks Suman! A fast food restaurant sells dimsums in boxes of 7 and 3. What’s the greatest number of dimsums a person cannot buy. Generalize it for p … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #166: Donut Sharing

This was a very simple puzzle, perhaps a bit too simple and I therefore received only two correct responses – Pratik Poddar and Mahi Saraf – well done both! I am taking the liberty of reproducing the answer from Mahi: … Continue reading

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Puzzle #167: 4 Rats in a Star

Yet another wonderful puzzle from the NSA collection. Please do have your children try this one! RATS x 4 = STAR Each instance of a letter stands for the same digit, no two letters represent the same digit, and R … Continue reading

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