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Post by Ohtar on Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:31 pm

So, since I am a firm believer that games help keep people checking the forums (although I wish it was just to see how things are going in the guild), and I think everyone is tiring of the current games. Here's a new one.

Rules: Everyone gets either one guess, or they can ask one "yes" or "no" question a day. If you miss a day you do not get to ask two questions just one. (If someone knows how to transport stuff from one player to another I'll start giving away in game prizes)

So, we'll start with a common one first.

"A man lives on the tenth floor of an apartment building and takes the elevator down to the ground floor every time he leaves the apartment, and the days he goes to work he drives the 0.5 miles to it. Whenever the man returns home he takes the elevator to the fifth floor; then he walks the other five flights of stairs, which he does not like doing. Why does he walk the last five flights of stairs?"

The current question

Elevator II

A healthy man is on the fifth floor, and takes the elevator down to the first floor (the ground floor) every day to go to the gym before starting the morning activities, but when he comes back every evening he is forced to walk from the ground floor to the fifth floor. His wife however, who gets back at the same time he does takes the elevator from the first to the fifth floor. Why then does he walk up the five flights of stairs?


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Re: Lateral Problems

Post by Fal on Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:43 pm

Because the elevator only goes up to the fifth floor? D:
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Post by Xcapedeath on Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:28 pm

He's a midget and can't reach the button for his floor.

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Post by Shalafi on Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:41 pm

Hehe. I think xcapedeath got it.

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Re: Lateral Problems

Post by Ohtar on Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:43 pm

@ Fal, than how does he ride the elevator to from the tenth to the floor level

@Xcapedeath I have a funny feeling you've heard that one before

@Shalafi yes he did get it.

Ok, time for one a little more difficult, but almost as common.

The lady and the bridge
I've been told this a true story
There once was a lady who needed to get across a bridge, but there were armed guards that kept post. The only time they were not watching the bridge is when they changed guards, and the changing of the guards never lasted longer then five minutes.
At a run one could it would take ten minutes to cross the bridge. Yet the lady was able to cross the bridge. How did she get across bridge?
*edit: The guards were under strict orders not to allow anyone to cross the bridge unless they had the necessary authority to do so. The lady did not have the necessary authority to cross the bridge.


P.S. using the internet is just wrong to answer these questions. Razz


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Post by Black Powder on Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:48 pm

Just walked across cuz the guard don't give a fuck?
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Post by Ohtar on Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:24 pm

no, I"m sorry I forget to explain that they guards were under strick orders not to let any cross the bridge unless they had the authority to do so, which the lady did not.
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Post by Shalafi on Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:30 pm

She ran for 5 min and got half way. When she got stopped by the guards she said she came from the other side and was escorted "back" to that side.

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Post by Ohtar on Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:07 am

ok, ok, that's two down in one day; maybe I've been too easy on you guys. Try this next one on for size. btw, I did actually figure this one out before I heard the answer.

There were two brick layers, and eight bricks out of those eight bricks one weighed heavier than the others. Not enough to tell by hand weighing each, but they had scale (the classic ones that balance out against each other.) The first brick layer challenged the other to find out which brick weighed more in just two measurements. To his surprise the second brick layer did complete his challenged. How did the second brick layer complete the challenged?
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Post by BloodStained on Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:23 am

He divided the bricks into 2 groups of 3's, with 2 bricks remaining. Measuring the 2 groups of 3's he can deduce whether the heavier brick is in either group.
Case 1:
If the 2 sets of 3's weighed the same, then the heavier brick one of the two extra bricks. He then weighs those 2 extra bricks with each other to find the heavier one.
Case 2:
If the 2 sets of 3's weighed differently, he will take the heavier one and divide that into 3 bricks, and weighing 2 of them together. If one of them is heavier, that is the brick he wants. If they are the same, then the unweighed brick is the one he wants.

WIN.
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Re: Lateral Problems

Post by Ohtar on Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:27 am

Yes, and I'll have a new one up here shortly, like tomorrow. I'll have to make it a really good one.

Elevator II

A healthy man is on the fifth floor, and takes the elevator down to the first floor (the ground floor) every day to go to the gym before starting the morning activities, but when he comes back every evening he is forced to walk from the ground floor to the fifth floor. His wife however, who gets back at the same time he does takes the elevator from the first to the fifth floor. Why then does he walk up the five flights of stairs?
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Post by Black Powder on Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:33 pm

to be healthy? Razz
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Post by Ohtar on Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:01 pm

Nope, the man is already healthy, and works out at a gym.
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Post by BloodStained on Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:58 pm

The wife is too fat, and if he gets on the elevator with her it'll be overweight. Razz
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Post by Ohtar on Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:02 pm

lol, no , but good guess, and remember you can ask one yes or no question if you get stumped. But only one question or guess a day.
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Post by Shalafi on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:45 pm

He has a too strong BO so that his wife wont let him in the elevator with her. (If they arraive as you said, at the same time)

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Post by Ohtar on Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:46 pm

nope 'cause this happens every day since they've been in the place.
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Post by Xcapedeath on Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:51 am

The ground floor (like a underground parking garage I guess) doesn't have an elevator while the first floor (a lobby) does.

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Post by Ohtar on Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:04 pm

Why would he walk up the other five flights then?
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Post by Ohtar on Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:24 pm

You guys can ask one yes or no question a day to try and figure out what the answer is.
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Post by Avarice47 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:24 am

are the seperated of any kind? like fighting divorce and the such
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Post by Ohtar on Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:27 am

No they are separated, fighting, or divorced
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Post by XpalmerX on Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:32 pm

the elevator can only fit one more person and being the kind person he is he lets his wife take the elevator while he takes the stairs ???

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Post by Ohtar on Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:16 am

nope. Try try again.
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Post by JauntyAngle on Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:04 am

His wife is in a wheelchair, and she takes up the whole elevator.
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