Archive for the ‘General’ Category

The Salamanananca Bull Ring

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Señor Antonio Tomás Bustamante del Torre Quemada, the new manager of the bull ring of the city of Salamanananca, felt an inspiration to renovate the bull ring with new colors.

One sixth of the perimeter on the opposite side of the gate where the bulls entered the bull ring was to be painted blood red.

One twenty secondth of the perimeter around the gate where the bulls entered the bull ring was to be painted hell black.

The remaining perimeter, amounting to 52 meters, was to be painted a bright, glaring yellow.

Señor Antonio Tomás Bustamante del Torre Quemada wanted to excite the bulls with bright colors, thus ensuring action-filled bullfights that would impress the public, and the new Cardinal Sixtus.

A special barbeque would be held for dignitaries after bull fights.

What is the diameter of the bull ring of Salamanananca? And what is the cross sum of the number of ways the name of the city can be permuted?

The Quiz Show

Friday, July 1st, 2016

At a televised quiz show, the contestant who is standing on a platform is told to choose between two elevator doors facing him. One of the doors would lead to a wonderful prize, the other to an onerous task.

In front of each elevator door was placed a uniformed sentinel, a person selected from the audience of the quiz show.

One of the sentinels was required to only lie, and the person selected said he was a politician so this would not be much of a problem for him. The sentinels were informed of what the elevator doors led to.

The other sentinel was required to only tell the truth, and as he was a mathematician this would not be a difficult problem for him, he said.

The contestant was informed that one of the sentinels would certainly lie and the other would certainly tell the truth.

The contestant was required to direct just one question to one of the sentinels for the purpose of selecting the elevator door with the prize.

What was the winning question?

Questions

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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The Wrong Train

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Joe gets up in the morning whenever he wakes up, rubs his eyes, jumps out of bed and runs down to the train station to jump on the first train that arrives to go to work.

It is a one-track station and trains have a 20 minute interval between their respective arrivals.

The problem is that nine out of ten times Joe arrives in the wrong city. Soon he will get fired for coming late to work so often.

How is this possible?