Brain - teasers

Found 4th Mar 2008
1) Isaac and Albert were excitedly describing the result of the Third Annual International Science Fair Extravaganza in Sweden. There were three contestants, Louis, Rene, and Johannes. Isaac reported that Louis won the fair, while Rene came in second. Albert, on the other hand, reported that Johannes won the fair, while Louis came in second.

In fact, neither Isaac nor Albert had given a correct report of the results of the science fair. Each of them had given one correct statement and one false statement. What was the actual placing of the three contestants?

2)At a family reunion were the following people: one grandfather, one grandmother, two fathers, two mothers, four children, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, two sons, two daughters, one father-in-law, one mother-in-law, and one daughter-in-law. But not as many people attended as it sounds. How many were there, and who were they?

3) 97 baseball teams participate in an annual state tournament. The champion is chosen for this tournament by the usual elimination scheme. That is, the 97 teams are divided into pairs, and the two teams of each pair play against each other. The loser of each pair is eliminated, and the remaining teams are paired up again, etc. How many games must be played to determine a champion?

4) Your sock drawer contains ten pairs of white socks and ten pairs of black socks. If you're only allowed to take one sock from the drawer at a time and you can't see what color sock you're taking until you've taken it, how many socks do you have to take before you're guaranteed to have at least one matching pair?

5) A man is the owner of a winery who recently passed away. In his will, he left 21 barrels (seven of which are filled with wine, seven of which are half full, and seven of which are empty) to his three sons. However, the wine and barrels must be split so that each son has the same number of full barrels, the same number of half-full barrels, and the same number of empty barrels. Note that there are no measuring devices handy. How can the barrels and wine be evenly divided?

6) A man goes out for a walk. He walks south one mile, east one mile, and north one mile, and ends up in the same place he started. He didn't start out at the north pole -- so where did he?

7) A mountain goat attempts to scale a cliff sixty feet high. Every minute, the goat bounds upward three feet but slips back two. How long does it take for the goat to reach the top?

You have three boxes of fruit. One contains just apples, one contains just oranges, and one contains a mixture of both. Each box is labeled -- one says "apples," one says "oranges," and one says "apples and oranges." However, it is known that none of the boxes are labeled correctly. How can you label the boxes correctly if you are only allowed to take and look at just one piece of fruit from just one of the boxes?
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1) johannes, rene, louis?

2) 7 I think, although surely the question is wrong as the grandparents are still someone's children?

3) Doesn't really work, odd number to start off with and even if one gets a by then you're left with 3 teams in the final!

4) 3

5) Half fill empty barrels from the full barrels and give everyone 7 each.

6) North pole, we had this at the pub quiz. But since that answer's not allowed then he's on a treadmill? Or a boat?

7) 58 minutes

Take one from apples & oranges box, if it's an apple put apple label on it, if an orange then put orange on it, then put the other label on the box you got that label from then finally put the apples & oranges label on the remaining box.
Is everyone just sitting there watching me keep updating my post???

Looks like I win!!!
not sure about question 6 ;-)
One mile north of south pole?
no that wouldnt work. You'd get a journey mapped out like this


no that wouldnt work. You'd get a journey mapped out like this\_/

No you wouldn't!

You'd go one mile south to the south pole, then one mile east (although you wouldn't travel anywhere), then one mile north to where you started (although you could end up in several other places, north would be every way).
hmm i see your point but im not convinced thats the answer they're looking for.

weird, all i can think of is that its the north pole :-(
Too many in one post, so I'm not doing any of them!
unless the answer is that he started at the "magnetic" north pole, and used a compass ;-)
1+1/(2 x pi) miles north of the south pole.
Walks south, turns, walks round the south pole, turns, walks north.

1+1/(2 x pi) miles north of the south pole.Walks south, turns, walks … 1+1/(2 x pi) miles north of the south pole.Walks south, turns, walks round the south pole, turns, walks north.

Like it! Thought about this but didn't know how to explain where it was so that you walked all the way round and ended up in the same place, the same would apply for the north pole wouldn't it but I think that going a mile south would put you too far south so it couldn't be done?
At the north pole the distance south must equal the distance north. But you could walk as far as you wanted east (or west).
There are an infinite number of places at the south pole though - to walk twice around, or three times, 4, 5 ......
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