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  1. Looks like Now I can get my life back. Nice puzzle.
  2. Nope. He is a "real" Bill, though. Just a little older than Clinton. Keep in mind that Picket's post is on the right track.
  3. You can use the Search feature here to see whether a puzzle might have been already posted. Mouse over Activity tab and click on Search. A version of Monty Hall has in fact been posted here, although with enough different terminology it's hard to find. Either way, a member might know of a previous post and simply direct discussion to it. Regarding usefulness, puzzles are usually posted without the solution. This permits members to post their responses to your puzzle. When you feel it has been solved you can click the check mark (upper left corner of their post) to so indic
  4. Hi. That's a standard puzzle and you gave what I think is the best short answer
  5. Inspired by FUZZY's recent puzzle Suppose abcd is the normal decimal representation of a number: abcd = (1000a)+(100b)+(10c)+c. The digital sum of a number is defined as a+b+c+d. Are there numbers for which the product of its digital sum and its reversal is the original number? For example, the digital sum of 12345 is 15. Its reversal is 51. 15x51 is 765, 12345 is not equal ti 765, So 12345 is not a solution. Hint: 81 is a solution, as is 1. Are there others?
  6. Clarification? Each variable {A B C D E F G H I} can be used only once. I now assume, but it's not clear, that each operator {+ - x / ^ 10A+B]} can be used only once, making (9!)(6!) cases. I started allowing any operator to be used in each white triangle.
  7. Post away (spoilered) then ... Good job.
  8. I spent way too much time trying to figure out the calculus ban. Like there a catch and it should be obvious at some point. If there was a catch I didn't see it.
  9. Not bad. Wrong Bill, though. Who Bill is comes from somehow decoding the message.
  10. Since there are active solvers, you may want to hold off with the solution. It's your call, of course. Another approach would be to drop a clue now and then (in a spoiler.) It's really a great puzzle, and it would be a notable accomplishment to be the first solver.
  11. Here's an equation that's easy to analyze with a little insight. It's not original with me, I ran across it yesterday. (I'll provide attribution after it's solved.) x3 - y3 = 217 Does this equation have integer solutions (pairs of {x, y} integers)? If not, prove there are none; if so, find as many as you can.
  12. @FUZZY Thalia is correct. My description of the sum is ambiguous.
  13. Hi ammar97 and welcome to the Den. The first puzzle is a standard liar-truth teller puzzle. This is the most basic of them and has been posted here in the past. There are ways to make the answer more complicated and it's a great way to think logically to solve puzzles of this type. (Suppose one of the persons randomly tells the truth, and so on.) You can actually search the site, using keywords, to see if a puzzle has been posted already. (Click the Activity tab and choose Search.) The second puzzle is less well known, and the solution comes with nice "aha!" moment. The third puzzle belon
  14. Yikes! Really? It's 24 times more likely for a 3 to be drawn 5th than to be drawn 1st?
  15. I like phaze's solution. I would add just a tweak, as described in the second spoiler. Recap: Tweak.
  16. So you're a writer, Bill. Care to share some of your work? Sure. Here are a few bits of it: FF?
  17. It would be more fun if there were five of us in a room working on it together. I've been distracted by other things lately but still interested.
  18. First thoughts (that are consistent with a better result than in the 3-person example):
  19. With a nod to jasen's recent and interesting puzzle, A traveler happened upon a village of huts, laid out as the circles in the picture below. The village's mayor explained to the traveler that the family living in each of the huts had an eldest son whose age was unique within the village. (No two eldest sons had the same age.) How interesting, replied the traveler. Tell me this: of all the male children here, what is the age of the very oldest? The mayor thought for a moment and replied, well I guess I could tell you that none of them are yet of voting age (21), and I guess you mi
  20. I've brought this up with site management to have replies ordered chronologically. I think that's the order now. It's confusing otherwise.
  21. Yeah, that's it. I have an online tree now (ancestry.com) with a few thousand names. I get inquiries and "matches" almost daily from people who descended from an uncle's sister-in-law of an 8th-generaltion direct ancestor. Soon you realize how interconnected the human family is. The gene pool is constantly being stirred. Even if you could map the whole thing you'd need a lot of color coding to discern in individual's tree. We'd all be different colors simultaneously, and a lot of "branches" would be tied into knots. (Rednecks all... )
  22. I get that. I thought it was strange that the question was introduced with an "overpopulation" flavor. (Maybe it was just a red herring.) My comment badly implied that yours wasn't responsive to the question; I meant to opine that the introduction wasn't all that germane. There are a couple of "paradoxes" when one considers family trees and such. For example we all have two parents, four grandparents, eight GGPs, sixteen GGGPs, and so on. So how is an exponentially increasing heritage as we go back in time consistent with a growing population going forward? Was there an original, parentin
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