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by bogglesteinsky
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How Many Legs Are On The Bus
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: How Many Legs Are On The Bus

Spoiler:
None. Busses have wheels, not legs

unless
Spoiler:
it's Catbus, in which case, 12
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Are these puzzles too obscure?
Replies: 25
Views: 3638

Re: Are these puzzles too obscure?

For number 1 The top of the piece of paper in the clue has the words '...mainframe...r the "access_1...om - if you wan...ve to wait a w... Which, with a bit of guesswork could be something like ' if you wan t in, you ha ve to wait a w hile. If we combine that with the possible six peice...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Circles
Replies: 5
Views: 1623

Re: Circles

The answer is: It will never happen. With the square arrangement the distance between the rows is twice the radius, and with the triangular arrangement it is the square root of 3 times the radius (the height of an equilateral triangle with side length twice the radius). Since sqrt(3)...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]
Replies: 611
Views: 102538

Re: Infinite Balls and Jugs

For c: There are no balls in the jug. Each ball has a chance of being removed, and so, over an infinite amount of interactions, each ball is removed. But the chance of the ball being removed is not the same each time, so (while not the case here) there are probability distributions where there woul...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]
Replies: 611
Views: 102538

Re: Infinite Balls and Jugs

For c: There are no balls in the jug. Each ball has a chance of being removed, and so, over an infinite amount of interactions, each ball is removed. For b: The jug has infinitely many balls in it. As soon as we put the numbers 1 to 10 in, we remove number 10. When numbers 11 to 20 go in, number 20 ...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Problem with Carpooling
Replies: 26
Views: 10148

Re: Problem with Carpooling

Problem 2: Depends on the passenger and the driver, I'm sure if they are trusting of each other it would only take 2 emails, one saying that the driver is ready and the other confirming it. That's the crux of the two General's Problem Using your scenario, we have three alternatives 1: Alice sen...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: "A legal poser"
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Re: "A legal poser"

Buttons wrote:
Spoiler:
Murder, of course. And the sloth-owner was charged with a traffic offense.


I concur.
Full result:
Spoiler:

Code: Select all

House   Hat   Pet      Crime
Cabin         Chimp      Shoplifting
      Fedora   Sloth   Traffic Offence
B'low         Lizard      Loitering
Hotel   Helmet   Hamster   Trespassing
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Minesweeper
Replies: 42
Views: 4421

Re: Infinite Minesweeper

Suppose you have an minesweeper board unbounded in both height and width. Each cell on the board is a mine with probability p, otherwise an empty cell. What is the probability that there is an empty region which trivially separates all the mines into finite sets (using the algorithm most minesweepe...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Yet another hat problem
Replies: 10
Views: 2351

Re: Yet another hat problem

edit: no, this doesn't work. Answer The clone right at the very back of the line has the first guess. Instead of saying what colour he thinks his hat is, he says what colour the hat of the clone directly infront of him is. He has a 50% chance of being right. When the guard comes back in to tell the ...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Sierpinski walk
Replies: 53
Views: 9996

Re: The Sierpinski walk

I see.

Thanks
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Sierpinski walk
Replies: 53
Views: 9996

Re: The Sierpinski walk

I'm probably missing something obvious, so I'd like to know what it is. This whole business with diagonals doesn't seem to me valid to me. I'm not convinced that there are any true diagonals on the carpet. On a plane, the shortest distance beween (0,3) and (4,0) is to go straight (with a length of 5...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weekend start
Replies: 6
Views: 1096

Re: Weekend start

Spoiler:
Yesterday
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8115

Re: Five Towers

You're right. Even leaving a card to beat the smaller of opponent's towers in the last turn doesn't necessarily help. An easy way to consistently beat your strategy would be the generally useless deck of 14×1+16, using the 1s to build two towers of 7 (the ones you ignore, maybe using some of the 1s...
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8115

Re: Five Towers

I don't think it matters how many towers you play in. The average over all towers is 6 for both players in the end anyway, and all towers count. What matters is spending more points in a tower than necessary. If in the end, a player doesn't have a lead of more than one point in any tower, they neve...
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8115

Re: Five Towers

The opponent only needs 1 point in each tower you don't compete in, so they will have lots of points to attack your towers. But so do I. After playing three 1s, I have 27 points left to defend those towers. As soon as my opponent starts to play cards into my towers as well as his, he spreads himsel...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Five Towers
Replies: 88
Views: 8115

Re: Five Towers

Given that you don't have to play at least one card in all towers, I think a good strategy would be to completly ignore two towers, and put a small stake (1) in the other three. For every card that your opponent plays into one of your three towers, you try to match it. I've not thought this through ...
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the prison
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: Escape the prison

@Greyson, good point. post edited

Another point to consider is
Spoiler:
His own cell is actually the scene of a crime, the crime being escaping from it.
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the prison
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: Escape the prison

got it

Hint
Spoiler:
He can't pass through the scene of a crime agian, but are there any cells that aren't scenes of a crime?

Answer (updated)
Spoiler:

Code: Select all

|O2| 1|10|11|
| 3| 8| 9|12|
| 4| 7|14|13|
| 5| 6|15|16|
by bogglesteinsky
Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: how did it happen?
Replies: 78
Views: 14178

Re: how did it happen?

29: The man was under the influence of a Psiren. He was convinced they were about to get it on so he stripped. The Psiren sucked out his brain but his last act was to grab the straw from the Psiren as a warning to other fools who might fall into the same trap.
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Those really good logic puzzles
Replies: 38
Views: 9444

Re: Those really good logic puzzles

For example, the 4-crane version has a new level of 15 items (7 containers, a crane, and another 7 containers) added below the 3-crane version with the container-only level removed. For symmetry, add a new bottom level of 15 containers.


Something like this?
4Cranes.JPG
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by bogglesteinsky
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Guess your friend's number
Replies: 18
Views: 2104

Re: Guess your friend's number

The answer seems to be no. I can't see how whether the moderator asks you once or a hundred times makes any difference. If you are allowed to plan ahead with your friend, then you can both count your responses until you reach your own number, and say Yes when you reach it. Because your friend is...
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 34544

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

The Scyphozoa wrote:Can we bring up the shaving 18-year-old again? I got nothin'.


hint
Spoiler:
Is there anywhere in the world that a man could grow a beard between sunset and sunrise?
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 34544

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

A man was flying overhead in a hot air balloon, when suddenly someone from below took a shot, which then went through the man in the balloon's basket. The man simply smiled, and continued to fly along, without filing any lawsuits or such. What is the cause of such strange behavior? The shot was act...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 34544

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

A young boy went to school one day. When he got to math class, he realized that he had a test that he didn't study for. Thinking about what to do, he decided to cheat. About half way through the test, the teacher was looking at the class to make sure no one was cheating. She looked over and saw tha...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 34544

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

A clean shaven 18-year-old son asked his parents if he could go to an overnight party. They agreed and let him go to the party. When he came home the next day, his parents were surprised to see that he had a fully grown beard. How did the son do it? The "overnight" party happened in the A...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Man at a funeral
Replies: 18
Views: 3860

Re: Man at a funeral

Dobblesworth wrote:Paranormal answer:
Spoiler:
You're talking to a spectral apparition of the dead guy himself.


Not quite
Spoiler:
For that to be true, the statement would have to be along the lines of 'this man's father is my father'
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chronometer Puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 3434

Re: Chronometer Puzzle

That part seems pretty obvious once you say it, boggleinthesky: As for the $650, $50 goes to Hat, and $600 goes into buying 6 houses on the orange properties. Two of the houses go on New York, so its rent is now $220, and that's where Dog must have landed. You're right, that does make sense. I'...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chronometer Puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 3434

Re: Chronometer Puzzle

@boggle: A drop of 650 is certainly possible if you're buying houses or hotels. Does Car have any monopolies at this point? (He must, if the table is correct... perhaps this will clarify earlier events.) Later, Car is at 80, and Dog buys something from him for 220, bringing Car up to 30...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chronometer Puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 3434

Re: Chronometer Puzzle

I think the goal is ... I concur. [edit] Ignore the following, I was completely wrong @OP: Point of clarification though, I think there is a mistake in the table On the Car's 6th roll of the die , it goes from 720 to 70. That's a drop of 650, impossible in one roll on a regular monopoly boa...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chronometer Puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 3434

Re: Chronometer Puzzle

I've worked out what the table means, but don't have the time this afternoon to sort it all out Ok, so the table is a collection of four players playing monopoly, with their money changing as they play the game. Each star represents that player's go, with money changing hands. Player pay each ot...
by bogglesteinsky
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Chronometer Puzzle
Replies: 20
Views: 3434

Re: Chronometer Puzzle

I've got something, but it doesn't make any sense to me
Spoiler:
W^ - W hat (What)
:el - colon el (colonel)
@ec - at ec (attic)?
↩s - return s (returns)

What colonel attic returns.

Like I say, doesn't make any sense
by bogglesteinsky
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Locker Room Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 1665

Re: Locker Room Switch

Is the female locker room getting remodeled by a load of men, and vice versa? I would assume the people doing the remodeling are probably a group of men, so while they are remodelling the men's locker room, nothing will change, but while they are remodeling the women's locker room, they swi...
by bogglesteinsky
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Locker Room Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 1665

Re: Locker Room Switch

Spoiler:
Is the female locker room getting remodeled by a load of men, and vice versa?
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 405480

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

The guru can not and will not ever leave the island. Even if she has blue eyes. Think about why not, and you might see where your logic train derails. Umm... Surely the guru will leave the island if she has blue eyes. Examining the two situations (Guru = Blue and Guru != blue) != Blue: We have the ...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Wire Cutting Problem
Replies: 33
Views: 4405

Re: Wire Cutting Problem

You are confusing 2 different things I said - a statement and the proof of that statement. Ah yes. That makes sense. What doesn't work? Sorry, I hadn't fully understood your method. I was under the impression that you hadn't accounted for points chosen near the corners of the triangle, but you ...
by bogglesteinsky
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Wire Cutting Problem
Replies: 33
Views: 4405

Re: Wire Cutting Problem

I'm interested in jaap's first solution. Draw an equilateral triangle with height 1. From any 'random' point inside that triangle, drop perpendiculars to the triangle sides. The lengths of the three perpendiculars summed together makes 1. Is there a theorem that ensures this? I don't know o...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: stepping through paper
Replies: 53
Views: 6632

Re: stepping through paper

Use some insane Origami skills to turn the piece of paper into a flowchart, and then step through it
by bogglesteinsky
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: stepping through paper
Replies: 53
Views: 6632

Re: stepping through paper

I think I've got it. You use the bogglesteinsky method, but you have a border of paper around it, and the middle bit is connected to the border at a single place. Photos soonish maybe. Something like the following ******************* *|---------------|* *|***************|* *|*------+------*|* *|***...
by bogglesteinsky
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: stepping through paper
Replies: 53
Views: 6632

Re: stepping through paper

Cutting the paper along the lines will create a hole big enough to step through, so long as you cut thinly enough, and repeat the pattern enough times down the length of the paper *************** *------+------* *******|******* ------*|*------ *******|******* *------+------* *******|******* ------*|...
by bogglesteinsky
Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Magic Squares - Help Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2002

Re: Magic Squares - Help Please!

Ok, here's what I've got so far. Because all the numbers are consecutive (a fairly vaild assumption for magic square puzzles), we can very easily work out the magic number if we know the lowest number in the sequence. A standard 1-16 square has a magic number M of 34. A starting number n will add a ...

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