Category: Diversions

quizzes, puzzles and tricks

The Onassis line

Aristotle Onassis has 5 ships in port:

1. The Athina Livanos leaves at six and carries coffee.
2. The Ship in the middle has a black chimney.
3. The Jackie Onassis leaves at nine.
4. The Maria Callas with blue chimney is to the left of a ship that carries coffee.
5. To the right of the ship carrying cocoa is a ship going to Marseille.
6. The Cristina is heading for Manila.
7. Next to the ship carrying rice is a ship with a green chimney.
8. A ship going to Genoa leaves at five.
9. The Alexander leaves at seven and is to the right of the ship going to Marseille.
10. The ship with a red chimney goes to Hamburg.
11. Next to the ship leaving at seven is a ship with a white chimney.
12. The ship on the border carries corn.
13. The ship with a black chimney leaves at eight.… More here ...

Thursday too

#  A note to readers, especially Distant Relative – two things.

Firstly, you may have seen the caravan brochure snippet as a post. I usually open and schedule a new post in a ‘slot’, giving it a name and then plan to return to beef the post up later, as material comes in and call it by the name day [as above].

However, if something happens, e.g. a bad night, being ill etc., it doesn’t get done and goes out as the sole topic. Most people feel there are way too many topics [from my previous asking of various people] and the problem at N.O. has always been how to keep the number of posts down to manageable levels.

This, in turn, has meant posts at 6, 8.30, 11, 13:30, 16 and 18 [six posts], which is not only too many for you but is heavy on the site back end and clashes with RL commitments I’d sooner do without but they’re there.  For now, I’m going to reduce it to maximum five.… More here ...

The Bard

Yes indeed:

Yield not thy neck
To fortune’s yoke, but let thy dauntless mind
Still ride in triumph over all mischance.

(King Henry the Sixth Part 3. Act 3. Scene 3. King of France speaking.)

Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels
Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends
And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
Like water from ye, never found again
But where they mean to sink ye.

(King Henry the Eighth. Act 2. Scene 1. Buckingham speaking.)… More here ...

The fake coin

11-coinsYou could well already know it, obviously you can peek, you can go and look it up … but where’s the pleasure in that? Try it and say why your solution is necessary:

You have twelve coins. You know that one is fake. The only thing that distinguishes the fake coin from the real coins is that its weight is imperceptibly different. You have a perfectly balanced scale. The scale only tells you which side weighs more than the other side.

What is the smallest number of times you must use the scale in order to always find the fake coin?

Use only the twelve coins themselves and no others, no other weights, no cutting coins, no pencil marks on the scale. etc.

These are modern coins, so the fake coin is not necessarily lighter.

Presume the worst case scenario, and don’t hope that you will pick the right coin on the first attempt.… More here ...