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1. ## Staying dry in the rain

You're right. And it's not much of a puzzle after all. You have to allow Albert to lean forward as he runs to make this puzzle at all interesting. But even then, the obvious solution is to have Albert lie horizontally and crawl at infinite speed. Only the top of his head gets wet then. I ran into this puzzle a few years back and "solved" it, more interestingly but also more incorrectly, by multiplying his front and top areas respectively by sin theta and cos theta where theta was determined by his speed compared to the speed of the rain, and some other stuff. It was nonsense.
2. ## Dividend please (on steroids)

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3. ## Dividend please (on steroids)

Here are the placeholders for a long division, solvable, even with none of the digits filled in. The quotient has been placed to the side. It has a decimal point, not shown, and its last nine digits are repeating. Meaning, of course, the last row of X's replicates a previous row. Can you piece together the dividend? -------------- _________________ x x x x x x / x x x x x x x ( x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x
4. ## New math

If 5+3+2 = 151022 9+2+4 = 183652 8+6+3 = 482466 5+4+5 = 202541 Then 7+5+2 = ______ ?
5. ## The word that won't quit being a word

Can you write down a 9-letter word that permits you to erase it, one letter at a time, such that after each erasure a valid (English) word remains? (As implied, the letter order remains the same throughout.) Clue: Example:
6. ## Same numbers of heads

@Thalia You are so right. Thanks. Locking this thread.
7. ## Same numbers of heads

Twenty coins lie on a table, with ten coins showing heads and the other ten showing tails. You are seated at the table, blindfolded and wearing gloves. You are tasked with creating two groups of coins, with each group showing the same numbers of heads (and tails) as the other group. You are only permitted to move or flip coins, and you are unable to determine their initial state. What's your plan?
8. ## Dividend please (on steroids)

It's an alternative representation to put the quotient to the right side. Here is the more familiar placement. The green (overlined) digits repeat forever. _________________ x x x x x x x x x x x x -------------- x x x x x x / x x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ------------- x x x x x x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x
9. ## Dividend, please?

Here are the placeholders for a long division, along with a single digit in the quotient. Can you piece together the dividend? x 7 x x x ---------------- x x x / x x x x x x x x x x x x ------- x x x x x x ----- x x x x x x x ----------- x x x x x x x x ------- - - - - -------

11. ## Senseless promotions? Or, the wisdom of the tea people

Things are not going well at the Acme Company. Executive talent is hard to come by, and it is not cheap. Folks at the water cooler have no ideas, and the coffee-breakers can't imagine how to improve things either. But those who party around the teapot, they came up with something. They suggested to the Board that Acme promote the newest hire in the mail room and make him the CEO! We need to shake things up, but good. Qualifications, job experience, brains, judgment, integrity, these are all things of the past. Some were not so sure. Doesn't make sense at all, the old timers said. Almost like appointing some guy with orange complexion to be President. That's exactly the idea, said the tea-people. Turn things on end, let the bull loose in the china shop, and see what happens. Hey -- how could it be worse than what we have now? Not surprisingly, the debate was long and heated. Such a risk merited proof of possible gain, so the old guard posed a challenge: produce a concrete example of where the idea had been tried with incontrovertible benefit. In fact, make it mathematical. You know, something that might make a good BrainDen puzzle. We'll promote the mail room guy, they said, if you can show us an integer that doubles in value when its least significant digit is promoted to its most-significant position. That is, give us a number { some digits } q that has half the value of q { same digits }. That all happened last week, and now we're looking for the mail room guy. Was he promoted? Did the tea people find such a number? Is there one? We need a number or a proof that one does not exist. T.L.D.R. What number doubles in value by by moving its last digit to the first position (if there is one)?

14. ## Heads up

Alternate approach to the ant-checkerboard problem asks: What is the probability of flipping 8 heads before 5 tails?
15. ## Tempus fugit

I was born at 11:35pm Central time in the United States on yesterday's date. The fact that I now live in the Eastern time zone might have moved my birthday to today's date. IDK. I don't know how these things work, nor in the grand scheme whether it even matters. I suspect it doesn't. The point of writing this, is the shock I had last night when friends took me out to dinner, good chicken and ribs btw, and one of them said to me, so you're __ years old now. My reaction was to say "no way" until I realized they had it right. And I thought once again about my mortality. My grandfather lived to within days of his 100th birthday, and I've always had it in the back of my mind that I would finish that journey in his honor -- even tho it might entail outliving certain government benefits. But one never knows. BrainDen community lost SuperPrismatic this year, at an age much less than mine at present. But not to be morbid. Que sera, sera, and let's celebrate the day, each day. I heard from all my children and grandchildren yesterday, and life is good.
16. ## derivative brain teaser

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17. ## Next card is Red

@CaptainEd shuffles a standard deck of playing cards and begins dealing the cards face up on the table. At any time @plainglazed can say Stop and bet \$1 that the next card will be red. If he does not interrupt, the bet will automatically be placed on the last card. What is the best strategy? How much better than 50% can @plainglazed do?
18. ## Heads up

That was the first-cut answer in the ant-chessboard problem. The solution is easier to find if we (reasonably) assume that

Agree.
21. ## Breaking a three-way tie

Al, Bert and Charlie are on the ballot for secretary of the local yacht club, and they finish in a three-way tie. To break it, they solicit the members' second choices, and again it's a three-way tie. Al notes that since the number of members is odd, a series of two-way votes would be decisive. As a reward for finding a way past the impasse, Al receives the bye and will take on the winner of a Bert vs Charlie vote to decide who gets the position as secretary. Assuming voter preferences do not change, what are the winning probabilities for the three gentlemen?
22. ## Senseless promotions? Or, the wisdom of the tea people

I'm humbled. btw I sharpened (with humor) the flavor text and posted this on another favorite site. It will be interesting to see how quickly it's solved there.
23. ## Senseless promotions? Or, the wisdom of the tea people

@Molly Mae gets the coveted bonanova gold star for finding an algorithm and getting the answer in less than one day. So now that the cat (algorithm) is out of the bag, so to speak, it should be trivial to find whether an integer can triple, (or quadruple, or quintuple) under the same manipulation. It's also interesting that his solution forms a ring that shows the doubling process also occurs for four other ending digits (not 1, so his is the smallest.) But which ones? Incidentally, this also shows that all such integers have 18 digits.

Fun one.
25. ## Baggage on a conveyor belt

The answer probably does change with the nature of the distances.
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