Hard puzzles




Hard Strategy

Two immensely intelligent players, A & B, engage in a game, the rules of which are as follows. For some natural number N, the board consists of numbers from 1 to N. Each player takes turns to strike off a (new) number from the board. But, to make sure N does't affect who wins, there is an added rule. Once you strike of a number, you also have to strike off all its divisors in that same chance, irrespective of whether any of those divisors were already marked. The player to strike off the last number on the board wins. Can A construct a winning strategy?

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Source: Krishnamurthy Iyer
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Hard Strategy

N undercover agents have been found in don's lair. Less than half of them are terrorists and the rest are anti-terrorists. The nature of their job is so secret that there is no proof what so ever to testify who is who. Although each of them knows who was actual terrorist and who was anti because they worked in teams. A query consists of asking person i if person j is Anti. Anti will always speak truth but a terrorist may lie to confuse you. The goal is to find out one anti in fewest queries.

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Source: Toad Puzzles
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Hard Discrete Maths

A group of 5 people want to keep their secret document in a safe. They want to make sure that in future, only a majority (>=3) can open the safe. So they want to put some locks on the safe, each of the locks have to be opened to access the safe. Each lock can have multiple keys; but each key only opens one lock. How many locks are required at the minimum? How many keys will each member carry?

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Hard Discrete Maths

We have a beam balance (with two pans to compare weights) and a positive integer N. How do we select fewest number of pebbles to weigh all possible integers from 1 to N

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Hard Discrete Maths

Several gas stations on a circular trek have between them just enough gas for one car to make a complete round trip. Prove that if you start at the right station with an empty tank you shall be able to make it all the way around.

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Source: P. Winkler
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