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    • Q: What has a foot but no legs?

      Q: Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?

      Q: What comes down but never goes up?

      Q: I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

      Q: Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?

      Q: How can a pants pocket be empty and still have something in it?

      Q: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower– everything was pink!
      What color were the stairs?

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    • 100 people standing in a circle in an order 1 to 100. No.1 has a sword. He kills next person (i.e. no. 2) and gives sword to next to next (i.e no.3). All person does the same until only 1 survives. Which number survives at the last?

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    • There are (n+1) people in a party, they might or might not know each others names.

      There is one celebrity in the group(total n +1 people), celebrity does not know any of n peoples by name and all n people know celebrity by name.

      You are given the list of people’s names(n+1), You can ask only one question from the people. Do you know this name ?

      How many maximum number of questions you need to ask to know the celebrity name?

      Note: assume all names are unique. and you know the persons by name(but don’t know if he is celebrity)

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    • You are trying to cook an egg for exactly fifteen minutes, but instead of a timer, you are given two ropes which burn for exactly 1 hour each. The ropes, however, are of uneven densities – i e , half the rope length-wise might take only two minutes to burn. How can you cook the egg for exactly fifteen minutes?

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    • A bunch of men are on an island, A genie comes down and gathers everyone together and places a magical hat on some people’s heads (i e , at least one person has a hat). The hat is magical: it can be seen by other people, but not by the wearer of the hat himself. To remove the hat, those (and only those who have a hat) must dunk themselves underwater at exactly midnight. If there are n people and c hats, how long does it take the men to remove the hats? The men cannot tell each other (in any way) that they have a hat.
      Note: Genie does not tell how many hats she has put.

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    • There is a building of 100 floors  If an egg drops from the Nth floor or above it will break. If it’s dropped from any floor below, it will not break. You’re given 2 eggs. Find N, while minimizing the number of drops for the worst case.

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    • Akbar summoned Birbal out of anger. He told him that he will have to face death. He asked him to make a statement and if the statement is true he will be buried alive and if the statement is false, he will be thrown at lions. After hearing Birbal’s statement, Akbar could do nothing but smile. He gave him 5 gold bars and let him go.

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    • There is a lightbulb (incandescent, it’s currently off) in an upstairs room. You are downstairs, standing next to a panel of three light switches (all of them in the off position). One of them controls the lightbulb. The other two don’t do anything. You must figure out which switch controls the bulb, with some restrictions.

      1) You can do whatever you want to the lightswitches, as long as it’s either turning them on or turning them off.
      2) After fiddling with the lightswitches, you can go upstairs and check the bulb.
      3) You cannot see the bulb nor any light shining from it from where you’re initially standing.
      4) You cannot make multiple trips up and down the stairs.
      5) The lamp is in the ceiling and you don’t have a ladder.
      6) You are a mutant with 15-foot-long arms, so #5 is moot.

      So, you fiddle with the switches, you walk upstairs and check the bulb, and then you immediately decide which switch controls the bulb.

      How do you do it?

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    • Two friends decide to get together; so they start riding bikes towards each other. They plan to meet halfway. Each is riding at 6 MPH. They live 36 miles apart. One of them has a pet carrier pigeon and it starts flying the instant the friends start traveling. The pigeon flies back and forth at 18 MPH between the 2 friends until the friends meet.

      How many miles does the pigeon travel?

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    • A pot contains 75 white beans and 150 black ones. Next to the pot is a large pile of black beans.

      A somewhat demented cook removes the beans from the pot, one at a time, according to the following strange rule: He removes two beans from the pot at random. If at least one of the beans is black, he places it on the bean-pile and drops the other bean, no matter what color, back in the pot. If both beans are white, on the other hand, he discards both of them and removes one black bean from the pile and drops it in the pot.

      At each turn of this procedure, the pot has one less bean in it. Eventually, just one bean is left in the pot. What color is it?

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