Given two 2s, "plus" can be changed to "times" without changing the results: 2 + 2= 2 x 2.
The solution with three numbers is easy too: 1 + 2 + 3= 1 x 2 x 3.
Now find the answer for 4 numbers and for 5 numbers.
Today is more windy than yesterday, will a return flight take the same time, less time, or the same amount of time to complete?
(The 'Google Riddles' are interview questions those who wish to get hired were asked).
Let's do a worked example. Lets say our plane has to travel 300 miles there and 300 miles back. It has a standard cruising speed of 600mph. In the case of no wind it will travel the 600 miles in 1 hour exactly. Simple enough. Let us say that the wind speed is 100mph so the plane will be wind assisted to 700mph and slowed to 500mph - Wind Assisted: 300 miles at 700mph takes 0.429 hours - Wind Slowed: 300 miles at 500mph takes 0.6 hours - Total Time: 1.029 hours
This was Gollum's final riddle from The Hobbit:
"This thing all things devours;
Bird, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slay king, ruins town,
and beats a mountain down."
I have a clock in my house, on the wall.
On a summer's day I forgot to wind it and it stopped. Then I went to visit a friend who had a watch that was always right on time. After I stayed for a bit, I went home, made a simple alteration and set the clock just right.
Now how did I do this when I had no watch on me to tell how long it took me to come back from my friend's place?
Before I left, I wound the wall clock. Upon my return, the amount of change that I could see in the clock is how long it took to go to my friends place and come back, adding to that the time I spent there, which I know because the clock at my friend's place is accurate.
Subtracting the time of the visit from the time I was absent from my house, and dividing by 2, I obtained the time it took me to return home. I added this time to what my friend watch showed when I left, and set the sum on my wall clock.
Susan uses a toaster that has 2 slots. The toaster toasts one side of each piece of bread at a time, and it takes exactly 1 minute to do so.
If Susan wants to make three pieces of toast, what is the LEAST amount of time she needs to toast them on both sides?
She puts two pieces in the toaster, toasting one side of each. Then she flips one of them, takes one out, and puts the completely untoasted piece into the toaster. Finally, she takes out the toasted piece and puts the two half-toasted pieces of bread into the toaster for a minute and she's done.
A hundred stones are placed, in a straight line, a yard distant from each other. How many yards must a person walk, who undertakes to pick them up, and place them in a basket stationed one yard from the first stone?
To collect the stones, the person must walk 1 yard to pick up the first stone, and then they had to double the distance each time - 2 yards, 4 yards, 8 yards etc.
To find the answer we multiply 202 by 50 = 10,100 yards.
In an apartment complex in New York there are one hundred married couples. When one of the husbands cheats on his wife with one of the other wives, his wife has no idea. With the large amount of gossip in the complex, all of the other wives know he is cheating. If a wife finds out that her husband is cheating on her, she kills him the following morning. Someone anonymously sends an email to all of the wives in the building saying that at least 1 man is cheating on his wife in the building.
How many husbands will be killed and how long will it take?
All of the men (n) who are cheating will be killed and it will take one less than the number of cheating men nights (n-1) for their wives to discover this.
If one man was cheating, and that woman hadn't have heard of any other infidelity she would know it was her husband that was cheating. If there was two men cheating, both of their wives would think that since they have only heard of one man cheating he should die the next morning. If he doesn't die, she knows her husband must also be cheating and that's why the other husband didn't die. Following this logic, you can know that all of the men will die after one less night than there is cheating men.
Mickey and Donald decided to take a break from shooting cartoons and played several golf matches against each other in a week.
They played for a pizza at each match, but no pizzas were purchased until the end of the week.
If at any time Mickey and Donald had the same number of wins, those pizzas were canceled. Mickey won four matches (but no pizzas), and Donald won three pizzas. How many rounds of golf were played?