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another  - I have a number in mind.  It's either 1, 2, or 3.  Guess my number - you can ask me one question and I'll answer it 'yes', 'no', or "I don't know"

 

(goal - find a question that gives you the right answer no matter which number I chose)

 

Answer:  I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 2.  Is your number greater than the number I'm thinking of?

 

Responses

Yes = your number is 3

I don't know = your number is 2

No = your number is 1

post #146 of 180
The old rich lady finally died. She hid her fortune of diamonds inside of a cylinder surrounded by 1000 squares. Where is it?
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The old rich lady finally died. She hid her fortune of diamonds inside of a cylinder surrounded by 1000 squares. Where is it?

 

I've been thinking about this all morning.  I was just in the grocery store buying dinner and other sundry items.......

 

......is it a roll of paper towels?

post #148 of 180
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I've been thinking about this all morning.  I was just in the grocery store buying dinner and other sundry items.......

 

......is it a roll of paper towels?

Or more likely, toilet paper.

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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post
 

Or more likely, toilet paper.

 

Damn, you're probably right.  I wasn't buying TP though!   :doh:

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Originally Posted by 14ledo81 View Post

The old rich lady finally died. She hid her fortune of diamonds inside of a cylinder surrounded by 1000 squares. Where is it?

I've been thinking about this all morning.  I was just in the grocery store buying dinner and other sundry items.......

......is it a roll of paper towels?

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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post

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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

 

I've been thinking about this all morning.  I was just in the grocery store buying dinner and other sundry items.......

......is it a roll of paper towels?
Or more likely, toilet paper.

Either one works.. I was thinking TP so Tmac is up.
post #151 of 180

I'm up? Okay, how about a math puzzle, because I know everyone here loves math.

I am going to prove that 1=2, and you have to tell me why it's wrong.

Let a=b.

So, a2=ab.

 

Add a2 to both sides of the equation. 

a2+a2=ab+a2

2a2=a2+ab

 

Subtract 2ab from both sides of the equation.

2a2-2ab=a2+ab-2ab

2a2-2ab=a2-ab

2(a2-ab)=a2-ab

(Since a2-ab=a2-ab, we can cancel these terms in the equation.)

2=1

post #152 of 180
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Originally Posted by tmac20 View Post
 

I'm up? Okay, how about a math puzzle, because I know everyone here loves math.

I am going to prove that 1=2, and you have to tell me why it's wrong.

Let a=b.

So, a2=ab.

 

Add a2 to both sides of the equation. 

a2+a2=ab+a2

2a2=a2+ab

 

Subtract 2ab from both sides of the equation.

2a2-2ab=a2+ab-2ab

2a2-2ab=a2-ab

2(a2-ab)=a2-ab

(Since a2-ab=a2-ab, we can cancel these terms in the equation.)

2=1


Once you subtract 2ab from both sides, then both sides become zero. 2 times zero equals 1 times zero.

 

Good problem.

post #153 of 180
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Originally Posted by Harmonious View Post
 


Once you subtract 2ab from both sides, then both sides become zero. 2 times zero equals 1 times zero.

 

Good problem.

:-) Yup, you're right.

post #154 of 180
Next riddle please?! I like this thread. I answer all of the riddles but keep the answers to myself. ( HAR! ) I only know the answers to my own. But at my age I cannot even remember the riddles.
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You have a choice of 3 cups, one of which has a diamond underneath it and the other two have nothing.

You choose any one of the cups.

One of the other two cups is turned upside-down to reveal nothing.

Do you stick to your original choice or swap to the other cup to give you the greatest probability of winning the diamond? Explain why. :)

post #156 of 180
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Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon View Post
 

You have a choice of 3 cups, one of which has a diamond underneath it and the other two have nothing.

You choose any one of the cups.

One of the other two cups is turned upside-down to reveal nothing.

Do you stick to your original choice or swap to the other cup to give you the greatest probability of winning the diamond? Explain why. :)

 

Paging a famous game show problem… ;-)

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Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon View Post
 

You have a choice of 3 cups, one of which has a diamond underneath it and the other two have nothing.

You choose any one of the cups.

One of the other two cups is turned upside-down to reveal nothing.

Do you stick to your original choice or swap to the other cup to give you the greatest probability of winning the diamond? Explain why. :)

 

Paging a famous game show problem… ;-)


SSshhhhh! ;)

post #158 of 180
It is not still a fifty fifty? Boy I must be daft!
post #159 of 180
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Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon View Post
 

You have a choice of 3 cups, one of which has a diamond underneath it and the other two have nothing.

You choose any one of the cups.

One of the other two cups is turned upside-down to reveal nothing.

Do you stick to your original choice or swap to the other cup to give you the greatest probability of winning the diamond? Explain why. :)

I find the way you word the question to be odd.  It almost looks like it answers itself.  I think you probably should say:  To give yourself the greatest possibility of winning the diamond, do you stick to your original choice, or swap to the other cup, or does it matter?  Or something like that.  As its written, it sounds like your asking me if I want to keep my choice or have a greater possibility of winning.

 

I guess that could have multiple answers too.  If I have a clingy girlfriend that keep asking me "when are we gonna get married?" or if I know that the diamond is stolen, then perhaps I'd stick to my original choice. :-P

 

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Paging a famous game show problem… ;-)

One which I pushed back against for quite a while.  It just made no sense ... until it finaly made all the sense in the world.:beer:

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Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon View Post
 

You have a choice of 3 cups, one of which has a diamond underneath it and the other two have nothing.

You choose any one of the cups.

One of the other two cups is turned upside-down to reveal nothing.

Do you stick to your original choice or swap to the other cup to give you the greatest probability of winning the diamond? Explain why. :)

 

(Edit I got it wrong)

 

You choose the other cup, because its still 3 cups, so its now 2/3 chance. If you keep the original its 1/3 because you didn't change anything. 

 

 

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Paging a famous game show problem… ;-)

 

 

LOL

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Paging a famous game show problem… a2_wink.gif

Monty, Monty......
post #162 of 180
So how then do we solve the problem of the clingy girlfriend? That was the next one right?!
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