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Riddle: At school Joe has three friends: Tim, George and Paige. Two of them play football, two play tennis, and two play golf. The friend who doesn't play golf doesn't play tennis and the one who doesn't play football doesn't play golf. Which sports does each person play?
Hint: Think about the implications of the statement: 'The friend who doesn't play golf doesn't play tennis and the one who doesn't play football doesn't play golf'.
Answer: George and Tim play all three sports and Paige plays none.
This is assuming girls do not play football. If the school did have a girl's football league all we would know is that one of the three play no sports and the others play all three.
Riddle: A swan is in the center of a circular lake but he cannot take flight from the water, only on land. On the parameter of the lake there is a hunting dog that desperately wants the swan but cannot swim. So the swan must make it to the land before taking off and must do so before the dog makes it to him. The dog is almost 4 times faster than the swan and always runs to the point around the lake closest to the swan.
How can the swan get out of the lake and take flight before the dog gets him?
Answer: The swan can travel 1/4 of the way to land then swim in a circular path around the center of the lake (the swan will be moving slightly faster around than the dog in their circles). Once the swan is as far as he can get away from the dog in his circle he can swim the remaining 3/4 of the way to shore. The dog must travel the radius of the lake time pi (radius * π) while the swan only has to travel 3/4 the radius four times slower (3/4 * radius * 4). So the swan will make it to the shore and fly before the dog reaches it.
Riddle: If you toss a coin ten times and it lands heads up every time, what are the chances it will land heads up if you toss it again?
Answer: There's a 50 percent chance it will land heads up. The final coin toss is independent of the first ten tosses.
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