Three 250-ml glasses contain orange juice.
The first one is 2/3 full, the second is 5/6 full, and the third is 9/10 full.
Water is added to fill each glass completely.
All drinks are then poured into a large jar.
Which fraction of the mixture in the jar is orange juice?
Three referees A, B and C are at the corners of a rectangular field.
At which point should the referees meet so that the time they walk to that point is minimized?
Many people stand in a line (queue) to buy tickets to a match.
There are enough tickets for each person to have two tickets.
Instead, every person in the beginning of the line buys three tickets until there are none left so 12 people are left without tickets.
How many people were there in the line to begin with?
A password consists of four digits and the repetition of digits is allowed.
Determine the number of different passwords that can be created.
Sixteen European teams enter a football tournament.
Each team plays one match against each of the other teams with three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat.
How many points can one team earn?
In the first week John made $1.
He made 5 times more than the previous week if the week was odd, and 2 times more if the week was even.
How many weeks did he work before becoming a millionaire?
Here, a password consists of four digits, 0-9.
How many passwords are there that read the same backwards as forwards?
Find two consecutive even integers such that the smaller added to two times the larger gives a sum of 22.
I took a picture of a six-sided die, whose faces are numbered from one to six.
I added the numbers of dots that I saw in the photo.
What are the maximum and minimum numbers I can get?
I don't quite remember my five-digit password.
The first and last digits are the same, 542 is in the middle, and the password is evenly divisible by 9.
What is the first digit?
Anna traveled 3600km in a car.
She had six tires and changed them such that each tire was used over the same distance.
How many kilometers was each tire used?
A family travels from their town to the nearest seashore at a speed of 30 km per hour, stays there 2 hours, and then returns at a speed of 60 km per hour.
The total round trip takes 12 hours.
What is the average speed for the round trip?
There is a total of 6 squares whose vertices are points on the rectangular 3 x 3 grid.
How many squares can you draw on the 4 x 4 grid in the same manner?
Gentlemen are evenly spaced in a circle and the 11th gentleman is directly opposite the 29th gentleman.
How many people are there altogether?
Based on 20 years per generation, estimate the number of ancestors you had 220 years ago, if none of them appears more than once in the list.
Three children and two adults want to cross a river.
Their boat can carry only one adult or three children.
An empty boat cannot cross the river.
What is the minimum number of crossing to get the people to the other side?
How many times do the two hands of a clock point in the same direction between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm ?
A password consists of two digits, from 1 to 4, followed by two capital letters from an alphabet having 25 letters.
Repetition of digits and letters is allowed.
Determine the number of different passwords that can be created.
Three white hens and four black hens lay as many eggs in five days as two white hens and four black hens lay in six days.
Which color hen lays the greatest number of eggs?
I have a collection of 44 songs that are each 4 minutes in length and 55 songs that are each 5 minutes in length.
What is the largest number of complete songs that I can play in 4.5 hours?
A farmer puts several pigs into three pens.
None of the pens is empty.
All pens contain different even numbers of pigs.
What is the smallest number of pigs?
The sum of ages of two brothers is 55 and the elder brother is 9 years older than his young brother.
The age of a brother is same as his brother's age with the digits reversed.
How old is the elder brother?
Please make 121 by using three 5s.
You can use any math operator that you would like.
How many times do you use the plus sign (+) in the expression?
Three mentors and four apprentices produce as many devices in five days as two mentors and four apprentices do in six days.
Who is the best performer?
If a hen and a half lay one half of an egg in two days and a half, how many eggs does a hen lay in a month?
In a house, there are three switches on the ground floor for three light bulbs in the cellar. I cannot see the lights from the ground floor.
What is the minimum number of trips to the cellar I need to make to identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb?
A lot of money is in a box.
None or just one inscription on the boxes is true.
Guess where the money is.
I took several pieces of fruit from the bowls.
All of them are cherries except two, all of them are apricots except two, and all of them are red currants except two.
How many pieces of fruit did I take?
You are shrunk so that your height is equal to the diameter of a dime (a ten-cent coin) and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density.
Who is heavier, you or the dime?
In a group of 27 people, 17 have studied Japanese, 7 have studied Chinese, and 7 have not studied either.
How many of them have studied both Chinese and Japanese?
By using 1 2 3 4 once each and any arithmetical operations +, -, x, and /, what is the smallest number I cannot obtain?
For example: I can obtain 2: 3 x 2 x 1 - 4 = 2
Parentheses are not allowed.
A melon slice weighs 5kg, and 92% of the weight is from water.
After lying in the sun, the water makes up 75% of the weight.
Estimate the new weight of the slice in kg.
John's dad pays him 75 cents for each correct answer he provides in his math homework and fines him 25 cents for each incorrect answer.
Today, John received $7.5 after completing 50 problems.
How many problems did John answer correctly?
A password consists of three digits, from 0 to 9, followed by a digit or a capital letter from an alphabet having 26 letters.
Repetition of digits is allowed.
Determine the number of different passwords that can be created.
For every birthday of John's life he puts as many dollars in a piggy bank as his age in months.
There are 1260 dollars in the bank.
How old is John?
Jim won a contest in which the prize was his weight in U.S. dimes.
If a dime weighs 2.7 grams and if Jim weighs 56.7 kilograms, how much money did he win?
The price of a T-shirt on sale is $19.99.
The store reduced the original price by 25%.
Estimate the original price of the T-shirt.
Anna's income is seven-eighths that of Beatrice. Anna's expenses are seven-eighths those of Beatrice.
The girls spend less than they earn.
Who saves less money?
How many years ago did you have more than four thousand ancestors?
Assume that the time lag between two generations is 25 years. Try to find the minimal possible value.
Mr. Smith can read 1 page in 2 minutes. His wife can read 2 pages in 3 minute.
Reading together two different books, how many minutes will it take them to read 77 pages?
An analogue clock loses 9 minutes each hour.
If the clock is set correctly at noon, what time is shown when it reads the correct time for the first time again?
Twelve European teams enter a football tournament.
Each team plays one match against each of the other teams, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat.
The probability of a draw is 0.5.
What is the most likely score of a team?
Yellow Taxi Service charges $1.50 for the first mile and $.78 for each additional mile.
How far could I go for $20 if I gave the driver a $3.5 tip?
An integer consists of 110 digits such that any consecutive 10 digits are different.
What is the sum of all digits?
There are 20 balls in the box. X of them are white.
When we add 10 white balls, the probability of picking a white ball doubles.
There are four brothers in a family.
The sums of the ages of three of them are 40, 42, 44 and 48.
What is the age of the eldest brother?
Bill buys oranges at five for $1 and sells at one for $5.
How many oranges does he sell to make a profit of $120?
It takes two painters 6 days to paint a house.
The older painter would only take 18 days to do the job on his own.
How many days would the younger painter take to paint the house on his own?
A girl is 12 years old.
She is three times older than is her dog.
In how many years will she be twice as old as her dog?
Roman numerals are a numeral system of Ancient Rome based on letters of the alphabet.
For example, XCVII is 97 (100 – 10 + 7).
Which year is written below?
I sold two cars and received thirty thousand dollars for each car.
I received 25% profit on one of the transactions and lost 25% on the other.
What is my net profit on the two transactions?
A 300-dollar stock loses $50 of its value for a week.
What percent of increase will recover all of its lost value?
Your boss has been told to give you a medal at the end of the day, for each of the seven days you work for him.
The medals are attached to a strip. Your boss can cut the strip to separate the medals, but he is very lazy and the strip is so strong that he can only cut one strip thickness at a time.
What is the minimum possible number of cuts he has to make?
Everything is half price in a restaurant.
Even more, each pizza receives an N% rebate, where N is the pizza number in the purchase.
How much do I pay for five pizzas that were originally priced at $10.
Only the first and last letters of the words below are in their places.
The other letters have changed places.
Guess the answer.
Stenvey-ehigt muins stixy-terhe is
A man eats 20 coconuts in 20 days. Together with his wife, they eat the same amount in 12 days.
How many days does it take the wife to eat this amount by herself?
A dog chases a rabbit, which was initially 20 meters away.
For every 11 meters the rabbit runs, the dog runs 9 meters.
How far must the rabbit run to be 100 meters from the dog?
I stacked five dice.
What is the maximum possible sum of the dots on the faces of the cubes visible from all sides?
One quarter of the competitors were faster than Mary and I, but two thirds were slower.
How many people were swimming?
Jim can eat a 15-inch pizza in half an hour.
How long will it take for Jim to eat a 12-inch pizza at the same rate?
The price of a computer after discount was $992.
If the discount was 20%, what was the original sales price?
A man and his beloved wife carry a 20kg basket.
If the lady carries only 8kg, at what distance from the weight does she take the pole?
John and Mary, whose average annual income is $110,000, have just moved from Richland to Poorland.
The average household income is $100,000 in Poorland and $200,000 in Richland.
What happens to people in the countries?
What is the total surface area of 28 identical cubes which together have a volume of 3,500 cubic units?
Jane pedaled downhill at 20 km/h and it took 2 hours to travel from a Swiss mountain village to another village.
The return trip took 5 hours.
Find the average speed of the return trip.
Anika solves 10 problems, 80% of them correctly, in 20 minutes.
James solves 12 problems, three-quarters of them correctly, in 15 minutes.
How much time do they need to correctly solve 100 problems?
How many students are there in Evguenia's class, if 5% of the students have the exact number of hairs that she has?
A five-digit number is evenly divisible by 9.
If four of the five numbers are 1, 2, 3, and 4, what is the fifth digit?
How long is a rope that is 8 meters shorter than another rope that is 5 times the length of the first rope?
Five teams of 4 students each met in a competition.
Each student shakes the hands of all adversaries.
How many handshakes occur?
The community library fines 20 cents per overdue day of the first week and 50 cents per overdue day thereafter.
If Gerry paid $9.80 for 2 books, how many days was the overdue?
If you were to spell out the numbers, how far would you have to go before encountering the letter 'A'?
Evguenia's birthday parties are always the same, and always boring. She gets seated at the table first. There are three other places set with named seating positions. Granddad always arrives next, and since he refuses to wear his glasses he always sits in a random position. Then her Aunt arrives, and if her place is free she takes it. Otherwise she sits in a random position. Then her mother arrives, and if her seat is taken she is grumpy all evening.
What is the probability that her mother gets to sit in her named seat?
The problem was suggested by Leslie Green
There are 3 different positive integers that have the same answer whether they’re added or multiplied together.
What is the largest number?
Stephen Stead asks:
"My car uses 10 litres / 100 km and has a 70-litre tank.
The Village Garage sells fuel for $1.40 per litre. It is just several meters from my house. Several garages outside the village sell fuel for $1.36 per litre.
How far could the garage be so that it is worthwhile to drive to and back from the garage to refuel?"
Leslie Green asks
Some forms of loans are more iniquitous than others. Find the loan method with the most extortionate rate.
(Definition: Iniquitous – grossly unfair and morally wrong)
NOTE: in some regions, Lenders are required to state the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) in order to make comparisons easier.
In a particular city it is illegal for those aged over 18 to consume children's chocolate drinks. Jack is walking home and drinking a chocolate drink. Sadly he is now 3 months too old to do so. When he sees a cop he therefore runs away and dumps the drink over a fence. The cop arrests him and charges him with arson. WHAT! Jack was wearing a green coat and the arsonist was seen wearing a green coat. At the police station the cops claim that only 2,000 people in this city of 100,000 people wear green coats. The odds of randomly finding him were therefore 2,000/100,000 making it 98% certain that he is the guilty party.
Using the evidence presented, what is the correct conclusion?
Author: Leslie Green
Would you rather work five days at $120 per day or be paid $20 the first day and have your salary double every day for a 5-day week?