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  1. A physicist, a biologist, and a mathematician are sitting on a bench across from a house. They watch as two people go into the house, and then a little later, three people walk out. The physicist says, "The initial measurement was incorrect." The biologist says, "They must have reproduced." And the mathematician says, "If exactly one person enters that house, it will be empty."
  2. Heisenberg, Gödel and Chomsky walk into a bar. Heisenberg notes, “We seem to have stumbled into a joke. But I can't tell whether it's funny.” Gödel points out, “Since we are currently inside the joke, it is impossible to tell.” Chomsky says, “Quite clearly it's funny. You are just telling it wrong!”
  3. Hi Tomson, and welcome to the Den. An oldie but goodie.
  4. Poe, E. Near a Raven Midnights so dreary, tired and weary. Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore. During my rather long nap -- the weirdest tap! An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor. 'This,' I whispered quietly, 'I ignore.' - Mike Keith, 1995
  5. I watch word riddles in awe from the sidelines cuz my brain is wired deductively rather than inductively. On this one, tho, as a musician of sorts, I have to say, bravo! Great riddle and great solve!
  6. That's the answer I'm looking for. If you put your two posts together, you've got it.
  7. Agree. If "Heidi" is the intended subject of "found," a 2nd "who" would serve no purpose except to confuse. It would not be used. Instead, Heidi is { immediately right of (Person A) } and found { more caches than (Person B) }. But since there are two "who"s, it's proper to bind them to the same (and closest) antecedent: ..... (Person A) { who has flown ... } and { who found more ... } 7) Heidi is immediately right of the person who has flown over from the States, and who found more caches than the UK cacher. 40 Traditional cache where found by a European cacher, their favourite type. Agree. They could not be Pitches 3 and 5, for example. I also fixed a typo in my interpretation post.
  8. My interpretations I believe gives this solution
  9. Yes, sir, that is exactly the right track.
  10. They are equally likely but they are not the same. But it's worse than that. The OP is deficient, because it does not tell us how we came to know what we know. Instead, let's create a situation where we know how we know what we know, and therefore will let us find the probability that "the other kid is a girl," unambiguously. Doing that, we know the answer is 1/3.
  11. So, while not being a correct solution, this would meet that qualification?
  12. Once letters start getting removed it quickly gets easier. At the start it's very hard. How much of a clue are you willing to share? I don't want to disclose too much, but would you be willing to confirm the politician is male and contemporaneous? Initials or country of affiliation might be too revealing.
  13. This sounds a lot, but not exactly, like eliminating variables from sets of equations. Is that the idea?
  14. Both answers state correctly that (a) winning distances give speed ratios and (b) combined speed ratio gives combined winning distance. What part of that can be more (or less) straightforward?
  15. At the annual Brain Denizen picnic, there were the inevitable games, among them the ever-popular three-legged race. Three teams were formed by tying one contestant's right leg to another' s left leg. Fortunately all six contestants made it to the finish line without any broken bones! For purposes of this puzzle we assume all three teams ran the 100-meter course at constant speed. Team 2, comprising BMAD and Thalia, were able to beat Team 3, comprising rocdocmac and DejMar by 20 meters, but lost to the winner, Team 1, comprising plasmid and plainglazed, by 20 meters as well. By how many meters did Team 1 beat Team 3?
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