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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mind Games: Mathematical Puzzles and Lateral Thinking Exercises

In this first installment of our mind games, we challenge you with really simple puzzles:

The Dovetail Block

The above block consists of two solid blocks of wood securely dovetailed together. On the other two vertical sides that are not visible the appearance is precisely the same as on those shown. How were the pieces put together?

The Market Situation

Three countrymen met at a cattle market. "Look here," said Hodgen to James, "I'll give you six of my pigs for one of your horses, and then you'll have twice as many animals here as I've got."
"If that's your way of doing business," said David to Hodgen, "I'll give you fourteen of my sheep for a horse, and then you'll have three times as many animals as I."
"Well, I'll go better than that," said James to David; "I'll give you four cows for a horse, and then you'll have six times as many animals as I've got here."

The End of the World

If the end of the world should come on the first day of a new century, can you say what are the chances that it will happen on a Sunday?

We shall publish the solutions to all the above puzzles in next week's CCM Midweek Digest.
Meanwhile, send your answers to connect@complit.co.ke. The first person to get all three answers right wins Ksh 500.