Conundrums

2014:01: We Value Your Input

5th Conundrum: January 2014: Ringing in the New Year Not only was midnight January first the start of a new year, but it also marked a moment when the hour, minute and second hands of a clock were all aligned. OK, the latter isn’t as interesting or special; unlike the first, it happens every day.

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2013:03: Spring Conundrum

Lighthouse Maneuver and Vampire Mystery at Mystic Seaport A. Captain Jim (156lb), Sailor Taylor (84lb) and Little Bianca (72lb) are incarcerated by a haunted witch to the top room of a lighthouse at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. A general pulley is safely fixed to the top of the lighthouse. Over the pulley there is one

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2013:01: Winter Conundrum

The Missing One Prof. Stoiciu’s math puzzle night is held every Tuesday between 6 and 7 PM in the Dennett private dining hall in Mission. All students but one arrives to the event at 6PM. The missing student arrives sometimes between 6 and 7 PM. Prof. Stoiciu wants to give an opportunity for this student

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2012:10: October Conundrum: Bonus

What’s My Card? A student is given five random cards from a standard deck of 52 cards. He must choose four cards to reveal to his professor. He does this as follows; the professor is out of the room, and he puts the four cards in four holders on a desk; he has no choice

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2012:10: October Conundrum:

First Conundrum: Tic-Tac-Toe Consider ‘Russian Doll’ tic-tac-toe. Each person has two large, two medium and two small pieces; the large can swallow any medium or small, the medium can swallow any small. If someone gets 3 in a row they win, else it’s a tie. If blue goes first, do they have a winning strategy

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Fall Conundrum

A Well-Planned Party Mid-terms are over, final-papers are submitted and all grades are fantastic. So what should a Williams student do on a Saturday night? Naturally organize a memorable party where students can share their success stories. Six students in Gladden, commonly known as the “G6 of math and science”, plan to organize a party

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2012:04: April Showers Bring May . . . Math Majors!

As the year draws to a close, thxe Math/Stat faculty conducts its annual April ritual: bribing students to become majors.  Throughout the month of April, each professor does a tour of the 100 and 200-level math classes to make his best pitch in hopes of wooing the sophomores before they declare their majors.  There are

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2012:03: March Conundrum: Getting Lucky

March Madness is heating up!  This year, 68 teams enter the infamoussingle-elimination tournament, but only one prevails.  As a Notre Dame fan, you’re rooting for the Fightin’ Irish to come out on top.  And this time you have compelling evidence pointing to the fact that they will!  At one point in the season, the Irish

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2012:02: February Conundrum: Pairing Off

While daydreaming about what happens when two come together, it dawns on you that an interesting phenomenon occurs when two twoscome together!  Namely, whether you add them or multiply them, a pair of twos makes four.  Now you’re wondering if there are other pairs which fare so well when coupled.  You decide to take your matchmaking

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2012:01: Winter Study Conundrum: Party Trap!

Ah, memories from the break . . . Dammit, I’m mad! Mom and Dadhave left me to do the civic duty of babysitting my brother Bob fromnoon to nine on seven eves! That was really not on my radar—I would so rather be at my gym! I tried many distractions to keep him entertained, ranging from shouting “Was it a rat I saw?” to begin a fruitless mouse hunt,

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