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• You are a king of an empire. You have a servant working in your palace. He works all the seven days and you only pay him in the form of gold bar. You must pay the worker for his work every day at the end of the day.

If you are only able to make two breaks in the gold bar, how will you pay the servant if the servant works for the equal time every day and thus equal amount must be paid at the end of the day?

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• There is an equilateral triangle and three bugs are sitting on the three corners of the triangle. Each of the bugs picks up a random direction and starts walking along the edge of the equilateral triangle. What is the probability that none of the bugs crash into each other?

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• Amanda dies and reaches at the gate of heaven. She has three doors in front of her out of which only one of them leads to heaven. Out of the other two gates, one leads to hell for one day and then back to the gate and one leads to hell for two days and then back to the gate. If she chooses one of these two gates, the gates are shuffled when she returns back.

How long will Amanda take to reach heaven?

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• 23 selected prisoners are summoned by the warden. He gives them a choice of playing a game with him that might ensure their escape from the prison or might as well lead them towards painful death. The prisoners think that this is the only chance for them to be free again and agrees to him.

The warden tell them that there is a room which has just two switches which are labelled 1 or 2. The switches may be up or down and the condition is not known at present. They are not connected to anything. The warden may select any prisoner on any day and send him to the switch room. The prisoner will have to select any one switch and reverse its position i.e. if it is up, he will turn it down and if it is down, he will turn it up. He can and must only flip one switch and then he will be confined to his cell again.

The warden may choose the same prisoner more than one time and he will be choosing completely randomly. But at a certain point of time, everyone will have visited the switch room. And at any time, the prisoners may declare that everyone has visited the room at least once. If they will be true, they will be set free but if they will be wrong, they will be killed.

The warden gives them an hour to plan any kind of strategy and then they will be confined to their respective cells and will never be allowed to meet. What strategy can help them be free?

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• There is a town named Panem. The town is well built and have every facility available to the citizens. It comprises of 100 married couples. The husbands of the town are very loyal to their wives but that happens for a reason. There is a rule that is followed by the people of the town. If any wife finds out about her husband’s infidelity, the husband is immediately executed.
No woman in the town talks about their own husband and all they do is gossip about others’. Thus every woman in the town is familiar with all the other unfaithful husbands but does not know about their own. This can also be explained as that the husbands remain glued lip about their own unfaithfulness.

One day, the mayor of the town announces to the people that there is at least one cheating husband in the town. What will happen now?

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• Two observations were made of a clock at different time:
1st observation:
The hour hand is exactly at a minute mark and the minute hand is six minutes ahead of it.

2nd observation:
The hour hand is exactly on a dissimilar minute mark and the minute hand is seven minutes ahead of it.

Can you find out how much time has passed between the above two observations?

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• On a windy rainy night , I was driving in my car.
When i reach the bus stand , i see three people waiting for the bus.

1. An old lady who needs an immediate medical attention
2. My Best Friend
3. Girl whom i love from childhood

My car is a two seater, so can you tell me , what i have done in this situation ?

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• Using six contiguous straight lines, connect all of the sixteen circles shown below

Hint: Think of out the box

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• The Scoop
Tristan’s sister Angela and her four friends love to share their most recent diary entries with each other at sleepovers. This last sleepover, Tristan was able to snag each of the girls’ diaries after they fell asleep. He flipped through them and found that each girl had a different crush, a different favorite shade of nail polish, and a different preference in ice cream flavors – and each of them had a big, juicy secret! See if you can figure out what he learned about each of his sister’s friends – and his sister.

The Choices
Girls: Angela, Mandy, Savannah, Alyssa, and Lily
Crushes: Josh, Noah, Luke, Ben, and Sam
Nail Polish Shades: Lavender, Lime, Banana, Sky, and Crimson
Ice Cream Flavors: Rocky Road, Rainbow Sherbet, Cookie Dough, Reese’s Peanut Butter, and Raspberry Cheesecake
Juicy Secrets: Still sleeps with a blankie, Loves lima beans, Hates Justin Bieber, Is really into cars, and Wants to be a lunch lady

The Clues
Tristan read five different entries for January 7th. One said, “Noah said, ‘Nice hair, Savannah,’ and I felt special.” Another said, “My nails are purple again, just like I like them.” A third said, “I wish Luke would look at me.” The fourth said, “I lost my beloved blankie this morning.” The last said, “I’m dying for some more of that rainbow sherbet.”

“January 8th. Dear Diary, I accidentally chipped one of my perfect, lime-green nails today while doing my daily private anti-Justin Bieber ritual.”

“January 9th. Dear Diary, Josh caught me examining his awesome antique Chevrolet after school today. I guess I was kind of hoping he would.”

“January 10th. Dear Diary, Angela was writing a love note today. I tried glancing over her shoulder, but all I caught was the second letter of its recipient’s name, which looked like either a U or an A, and something about being a lunch lady before she yanked it away.”

“January 11th. Dear Diary, I hope Sam likes the color red…I also hope he doesn’t mind girls who still sleep with blankies…”

“January 12th. Dear Diary, I think it’s funny that both me and Savannah like nail polishes that are named after fruits. Love, Alyssa.”

“January 13th. Dear Diary, I saw Sam eating Reese’s Peanut Butter ice cream yesterday. Could this be a sign that we’re meant to be? Love, Mandy.”

“January 14th. Dear Diary, I just noticed that the name of my favorite shade of nail polish has something majorly in common with my name, and Alyssa’s favorite shade starts with the same letter as her crush’s name.”

“January 15th. Dear Diary, The girls were over at my house last night, and someone flicked cookie dough ice cream at me. It couldn’t have been Angela, who will only eat raspberry cheesecake ice cream, and Savannah was in the bathroom…”

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• Andrew Richardson, deputy head cryptographer at a top department of defence (DOD) facility, was working late one night. The last set of codes he received to decipher came from NASA ‘s space station. Apparently they had been receiving the same 5 set of codes over the past week on a high frequency band in visual digital format. They read……………

wmoa eemn cfuu orrs
wkia eesn ltpe ihlt
hwth oeno pgem eewe
wsta auob rnpl ispe
aust lmmd laui hnse

“Strange,” Andy thought. “Never received work from this site before.”
Eager to finish and get home, he set to work on figuring out the troublesome codes. The first one took him some time ………….

WE COME FROM URANUS.

“What!” he laughed. He thought it was a joke or that he had deciphered incorrectly. However he continued using the same template, and by the time he’d finished he wasn’t laughing anymore. He quickly picked up his phone and dialed his director and then the head of the DOD. Somehow he knew he wasn’t going home tonight.

What did Andy find that got him so worried?

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