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    I watched the video, and overall liked it. Since you asked for feedback: with the video format, I think I would prefer to see the question and be told to pause to have time to think of the answer before it appears instead of having a set amount of time for each question, since with at least some of them you either know it or you don't right off the bat. As it is, I got a little annoyed waiting a minute for the answer if I already knew it. The other main comment is something DejMar sort of alluded to, that there are potentially multiple answers that would make sense for some of the riddles. In particular the second one, I also interpreted it as most likely being a gotcha where each number in the sequence is (n)/(n+1), so the final term x/1000 comes after 9/10 and should equal 10/11, meaning x = 10 x 1000 / 11. Only after realizing that it wouldn't be an integer did I decide that it probably wasn't what you intended to ask, so the answer should be the other thing I had in mind and be x = 999. With the light switch, when I saw it here I thought there must be three positions with something like "off" going to "medium", "medium" going either to "off" or to "high", and "high" going only to "medium" so there would be a unique answer -- after any even number of flips the switch must be back at "medium" -- whereas with the youtube version if you change directions during flipping you could either end up at the original position or 180 degrees away. For the question of painting 8s, I could have interpreted a couple of ways: you could argue that he would only paint 8 once (if it's referring to house number 8, or just the number 8 and not other numbers that happen to have 8 as a digit), that he would paint it 20 times (if you mean the total number of digits that are 8), or maybe even 19 times (if you mean the total number of houses with any 8 on them, although that's a less likely interpretation). DejMar commented on the ambiguity of whether the question with Little Johnny is talking about making it home with the original $300 dollars or the money that the man is offering, but I suppose that ambiguity needs to be present or else it wouldn't be much of a riddle. And the last question seems like it might be a bit offensive if asked to a woman. It might not be possible to make the questions entirely unambiguous, especially the question about Little Johnny since the ambiguity is what makes it a riddle in the first place, but sometimes simple things like saying "how many times does he have to paint the digit 8" can help make it unambiguous. In general, I would say to check for (and ask other people to check for) unintended ways that the questions might be interpreted.
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    A possible 3rd solution! If not. I'm giving up!
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    Two solutions. Maybe more?
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    It certainly should. It clearly fails a units check. Good catch.
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    The subtlety is…
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    Al, Bert, and Charlie competed in a track and field event in which points were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place only. At the end of the day, Al had accumulated 22 points, while Bert and Charlie each garnered only 9 points. No other competitor earned points. Bert was 1st in the shot put. Who finished 2nd in the javelin throw? This is a Gold star puzzle.
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    EDIT: For clarity, I use "number" to reference an individual digit. I use "sequence" to reference the string of numbers. EDIT2: Added spoiler tag.
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    Perhaps your question may hinge on the source of variability. Pistol has 5-7. In any skirmish, is the choice between 5, 6, 7 made by the program randomly? Or does it depend upon distance to target? Or visibility ( like heavy, light or no fog)? And, as Pickett points out, damage radius is a key parameter of the Dupuy lethality index.
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    Another factor to possibly consider...
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    Fuzzy thoughts:
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    You are shown a pile of dimes all of which have one of two distinct weights differing by a small amount not detectable by feel. Forty eight dimes are separated from this pile and you are told of these forty eight, light ones are a dime a dozen (literally - i.e. 44 heavy dimes and 4 light dimes). Using a balance scale twice, find seven heavy dimes. EDIT: for clarification
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    Ten years ago I called attention to a number that when divided by a single integer p it left a remainder of p-1. (Help, a remainder is chasing me) Here is a chance to construct a nine-digit number, a permutation of { 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 } that has no remainders, sort of. The task is to permute { 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 } to create a number whose first n digits is a multiple of n for any single-digit n. For example, consider 123654987. Its first 2 digits (12) are divisible by 2. It's first 5 digits (12365) are divisible by 5. However this is not a solution, since 1236549 is not a multiple of 7.
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    @flamebirde because Molly was playing off of the word easy, which is a popular Commodores song. No other reason
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    Doesn't look like people get many responses in this section but I will introduce myself anyway. I'm a 36-year-old mom. I used to be smart, a long time ago. Was in the gifted program throughout grade school. Battled severe psychological problems starting in high school and am still battling them today. My grades in high school and college were pretty bad and I dropped out of pre-med. My younger sisters (who were not "gifted") have achieved much more academically and professionally than I have. Which is fine, because I like my life. But, sometimes I miss people telling me I'm smart! SO, I have started playing around with Mensa-type puzzles in an attempt to stretch my brain. I'm not having a lot of luck so far-- which is why I'm here.
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    Agree. When I hit the send button, I realized my thinking was too simple. But instead of deleting my post (moderator privilege) I left it to take its licks.
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    I believe you replace the ? with digits.
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    I swear: 1) To strangle the next person who uses 'suicide' as a verb. 2) That if I offended or hurt you in any way, I didn't mean it. 3) That I'll stop procrastinating. Tomorrow. Add whatever you swear.
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    Excellent riddle Plasmid. Those types are my favorite. Give yourself a 5 star vote and make it official. BTW . . . what's the "vote" thing for?
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