Archive for December, 2010

coins puzzle

You have with you 100 coins, 30 of which are heads and 70 tails. Distribute them on two tables in such a way that there are equal number of heads on both tables. You can not feel or see the coins.

This is a very easy puzzle. (which I still took 30 minutes to solve :P) Even so, here are hints in invisible fonts:

1. Use your hands.

2. What will you do if you have one head and 99 tails to begin with?

*From now on, the source of all my puzzles is Hari unless mentioned otherwise.

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puzzle time: card game

We are playing a game of cards in which two people belong to a team. One of them gets five random cards, of which she displays four to her team member while she puts the fifth one face down. Her teammate is of course expected to guess the card which is hidden. Now, suppose these two have decided beforehand to win by cheating. What is the strategy that they will use to convey the hidden card to each other?

A few ‘of course’ answers to questions about the puzzle:

You can decide the order in which a player displays his cards

The order in which you put your cards down can not be decided. (eg. start with the last card, then go to the second one, etc)

No, he can’t talk or use anything other than his cards to communicate.

Coutesy: (Hari)krishnan Ramani


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Flipkart: Flipkart can cheer you up any day. And the fun part is that you don’t even have to wait for your books to come. Ordering them alone does the trick for me. A risky consequence can of course be the day when you order 10 books to simulate euphoria.

Thanksgiving: There are moments every now and then, which make you feel truly fortunate. I feel its a good idea to record them, so I could go back to them when I feel that I am unlucky, unreasonably so. I am also glad we don’t have a festival which forces us to thank someone on someday.

I thank my mom, for providing for me, so I could buy ‘this‘. There are few things which make me feel lucky for having the money that I have at my disposal; the rest I take for granted. One of those things is books! Crisp and fresh. They smell good, look good and feel good. And you wondered why they are a (wo)man’s best friend. (and no, its not diamonds.. and that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look good, more like, our priorities keep shifting.)

PS: The book, by the way, was a bit of a let down. It was not half as funny as Goodreads reviews suggest.

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