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#1072405 - Thu Nov 06 2014 05:39 AM Two puzzles (3)
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1. A troop of scouts is taking a bus to a camping ground. They have each been given a new canteen. The scoutmaster has allocated supervision of the canteens to scout no. 5. They line up and count from the left. Scout no. 5 is Charlie, and he protests that he had this chore at the last camp. So the scoutmaster agrees that scout no. 5 counting from the right will get the job. It's still Charlie, so he's stuck with it.
Charlie sits at the rear of the bus, with the box of canteens beside him. He notices that the canteens are stamped with consecutive serial numbers. He amuses himself by adding them up. They total 10026. Announcing this, he challenges the other scouts to tell him the highest of the serial numbers.
What is it?

2. There is a year, in the not too distant past, that when divided by 2, and the result turned upside down and divided by 3, and that result left as it is and divided by 2, and that result turned upside down, gives the answer 191. What's the year?

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#1072428 - Thu Nov 06 2014 08:27 AM Re: Two puzzles (3)
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The answer to 1.) is 1118. They range from 1110 to 1118. Divide 10026 by 9, as there are nine scouts, since Charlie was #5 from the left AND #5 from the right, and you get 1114. Add four to that to give you the highest, since they are consecutive.


Edited by dg_dave (Thu Nov 06 2014 08:27 AM)
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#1072432 - Thu Nov 06 2014 09:47 AM Re: Two puzzles (3)
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2. the year is 1932 which can be arrived at by starting with 191 then working the puzzle backwards (although I don't consider 1932 to be in the "not too distant past", 1932 was actually a long time ago)
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#1072468 - Thu Nov 06 2014 12:40 PM Re: Two puzzles (3)
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I think you forgot a flip, Gary. I'm getting 1992 with that logic, and that is a lot more recent.
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#1072471 - Thu Nov 06 2014 01:09 PM Re: Two puzzles (3)
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You're right. 1992 is the answer.
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#1072682 - Sat Nov 08 2014 04:27 AM Re: Two puzzles (3)
baldhair Offline
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1. 1118
2. 1992
All correct.
Thanks for your input.

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