Category Archives: Combinations

The Faulty Die

Jack was sitting at a café table reading a magazine when Jill sat down and ordered some pastries and a hot chocolate. “What are you reading with such a puzzled look on your face,” said Jill, munching a delicious apple … Continue reading

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The Personnel Assignment

There are seven positions available at a renowned spa. Three must be filled by women and two by men, the remaining two positions by either men or women. If there are ten women and four men applying for the positions, … Continue reading

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The Flower Bouquet

Inspired by Valentine’s Day, Jason decided to give his sweetheart Mary a different bouquet of flowers every week for a year to show how much he loved and appreciated her. Jason went to the only florist shop in the village, … Continue reading

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Jewelry Shopping

Miss Frilly Donahue went to do some shopping for jewelry as she wanted to expand her collection. Frilly had just bought a fancy new multi-level jewelry box with a large mirror. Miss Frilly Donahue went to the Kasbah where her … Continue reading

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The 1001 Arabian Nights

The new harem of Caliph Mustafa ibn Mafeesh ben Rasheed – of which he was very proud – consisted of 14 particularly well-chosen prime virgins. Having heard of the “Tales of 1001 Nights” and being a man who strongly believed … Continue reading

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The Christmas Gifts

Fred and Mary were trying to work out how to give five gifts to their three boys for Christmas. The kids, Henry, Mark and Joe, had told them they wanted to receive gifts more or less at random this year … Continue reading

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The Four Aces

Fred was playing poker with his three friends Henry, John and Mack and had just dealt a hand for each. Fred saw that he had an Ace and wondered what the probability was that each of the other players also … Continue reading

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The Seating Arrangement

A dating club arranges meetings at concerts for its members. The club will buy a certain number of random adjacent concert seats for some male and female members. If a man sits next to a woman, the club considers this … Continue reading

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The Blind Mice

“Hi Jack, how are things.” Jill sat down at the café table where Jack was enjoying a cup of coffee and eating a croissant as an afternoon snack to relax after university classes. “Fine, Jill, but feeling a bit weird,” … Continue reading

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The First Ace

Pierre, the First Mate, was sitting in the mess room of the Nautilus flipping cards from a Tarot deck. He would periodically stop and write some numbers in a small notebook near the cards. “What are you doing, First Mate?” … Continue reading

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