# All Puzzles

• When my uncle in Madura died recently, he left i will, instructing his executors to divide his estate oi Rs.1,920,000 in this manner: Every son should receive three times as much as a daughter, and that every daughter should get twice as much as their mother What is my aunt’s share?

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• It is a small town railway station and there are 25 stations on that line. At each of the 25 stations the passengers can get tickets for any of the other 24 stations. How many different kinds of tickets do you think the booking clerk has to keep?

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• A man I know, who lives in my neighbourhood, travels to Chinsura everyday for his work. His wife drives him over to Howrah Station every morning and in the evening exactly at 6 p.m.She picks him up from the station and takes him home.
One day he was let off at work an hour earlier, and so he arrived at the Howrah Station at 5 p.m. instead of at 6 p.m. He started walking home. However,he met his wife enroute to the station and got into the car: They drove home arriving 10 minutes earlier than usual.
How long did the man walk, before he was picked up by his wife?

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• Two women were selling marbles in the market place—one at three for a paisa and other at two for a paisa. One day both of them were obliged to return home when each had thirty marbles unsold. They put together the two lots of marbles and handing them over to a friend asked her to sell them at five tot 2 paise. According to their calculation, after all. 3 for one paisa and 2 for one paisa was exactly the same as 5 for 2 paise. Now they were expecting to get 25 paise tor the marbles, as they would have got. if sold separately But much to their surprise they got only 24 paise tor the entire lot.
Now where did the one paisa go? Can you explain the mystery?

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• My friend Shuba works in a post office and she sells stamps. One day a man walked in and kept seventy five paise on the counter and requested, Please give me some 2 paise stamps, six times as many as one paisa stamps, and for the rest of the amount give me 5 paise stamps.The bewildered Shuba thought for a few moments and finally she handed over the exact requirementof the order to the man with a smile.
How would you have handled the situation?

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• # There are 100 athletes (cricketers and footballers) gathered at a sports banquet. Atleast one of them is a cricketer. Given any two athletes, one of them is a footballer.How many footballers and cricketers are present?

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• Parents buy cookies for their kids. They are saving money so they buy two discounted ones (few days after best before). They don’t want to look greedy so they also buy two cookies for the full price.

When they come home their two kids grab cookies, and each get two. They don’t check best before so their choice is random.

Do you think that life is fair and each kid gets one expired and one good cookie? Or one kid gets both expired? What is more likely to happen?

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• Prison guards are bored so during dinner they announce the prisoners that they will play a game:

In the morning they will stand in a line so that every prisoner will see all standing in front of him but no one behind him. Guards will randomly paint red or white stripe on their back.

They will ask prisoners one by one from the last to the first. They will be allowed to say just one word “red” or “white”. If the prisoner says the color he has on his back he may go home in opposite case he will be executed without delay.

The prisoners are in one cell during the night and they can discuss the tactics.

Which is the best? How many will survive?

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• You are a cyclist in a cross-country race. Just before the crossing finish line you overtake the person in second place! What place did you finish in?

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