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  1. plasmid

    Coin hunt

    Ok.
  2. plasmid

    Baggage on a conveyor belt

    SMH, continuing from that last line of formula... Edit: Nevermind, I think you have to calculate the value over the range of integration for the numerator and denominator separately, I don't think you can just divide through like that. And after looking it up, those limits go to zero so I've got an indeterminate 0/0 still.
  3. plasmid

    Baggage on a conveyor belt

    Does not compute when I try a Poisson distribution. I might be doing something wrong.
  4. plasmid

    Coin hunt

    This one
  5. plasmid

    Coin hunt

    Flipping the same coin twice would be indistinguishable from not flipping it at all to your buddy. So you would just be exposing yourself to more nyaning without accomplishing anything.
  6. plasmid

    Coin hunt

    It looks like harey and aiemdao have sort of similar strategies, and that the number of coins flipped would be up to log base 2 of the total number of coins. With harey's answer it could be less for certain numbers of coins in play, but not for all. But if there are more than even a mere 32 coins, then you could be in for up to a solid hour of nyan-ing which might not be worth a bazillion bucks. Try for an approach with less, especially when the number of coins gets large.
  7. plasmid

    Traffic jams

    This might count as an ah-hah if it's true.
  8. plasmid

    Obtuse triangles in a circle

    Not an answer, but a description of a potential approach and what would still be needed to make it work since this has gone for a while without being cracked.
  9. plasmid

    Pairing the points

    Probably not what you have in mind, but I realized part of my previous answer was superfluous so this is a little more elegant and gets rid of some hand waving.
  10. plasmid

    Pairing the points

  11. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    Right on, Cygnet! Hopefully things make sense to readers with that answer in mind, but I'll go ahead and say what I was thinking for each of the clues.
  12. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    My band of fourteen cultivates Roses pink and white The oddly even adulates When not dispensing slight Woven tight, mayhaps invoke Serendipity Taken up by flame we stoke In halo fittingly
  13. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    None of the above, I’m afraid. A barrel (particularly if it’s a wine barrel) could fit most of the clues except for the oddly even adulating when not dispensing slight, and for wine I would have called the roses red and white instead of pink and white while for this riddle it definitely should be pink and white. I can say that thirteen is not involved in this riddle; the oddly even among the 14 is among a natural group of 14. And a bringer of good luck is involved, but I’m looking for something that can do everything from grow the pink and white roses, adulate or dispense slight, and fit the last two lines.
  14. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    I like the double meaning that would give to the clue about adulating when not dispensing slight. But alas, I can't say that was planned. Looking for something with a clearer interpretation of being "oddly even" in light of the 14 clue, and another very related thing with a clear role in invoking good luck. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "band" in the first line; something like "gang" would work just as well without having connotations of a loop.
  15. plasmid

    How obtuse are triangles?

    Two more answers to add to ThunderCloud's.
  16. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    I had to read up on that one a little bit. It certainly has the blossom like a rose and could go up in flames, but not what I'm going for with this one. Still looking for something something oddly even that adulates or slights, and a weaving invoking serendipity.
  17. plasmid

    Order the cards

    The four laws of card shifting
  18. plasmid

    Order the cards

    Any stipulation for what would make one algorithm superior to another -- fewest / simplest number of commands, or fewest maximum number of moves to reach the goal? I believe I can do it with four fairly simple commands that will take a maximum of 12 moves.
  19. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    Nah, no sports in particular or celebrities in general are involved in this riddle. This is something that everyone in the world will know about, although some of the clues refer to western cultural things that aren't quite completely universal.
  20. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    After reading up on it a bit, at least some of the clues could be explained with that answer, but I've got to say that it would require far more specialized knowledge than I would put in a riddle meant for the general public.
  21. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    Not silicon or glass, or anywhere along the elemental route. I had to do some research to see how well it would fit the clues, which obviously means it wasn’t what I had in mind. The fourteen makes sense with the atomic number, and I could see how silicon circuitry could invoke concepts of binary to explain the thing about adulating or dispensing slight. But there’s a particular reason why I chose pink and white as the colors of the “roses” that get cultivated, and I don’t think the part about serendipity when woven tight would apply to circuitry because determinism rather than luck is generally associated with electronics (at least in most people's minds to serve as a clue in a riddle).
  22. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    Wow, that sure would give new meaning to the last couplet, with oxygen as the halo! Not what I have in mind, though; too many other clues would go without an explanation that I could see.
  23. plasmid

    Emergency! Lynch Mob coming. Can you help?

    Yep, in the next-to-last sentence you give him an instruction that lets him know which of his two suspects are guilty without letting the eavesdroppers know.
  24. plasmid

    I’m not a gardener

    Getting cooler, neither a louse nor optics.
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