Techfest Puzzles Solution #1

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These are the answers to the puzzles posted in the online puzzle series on the official website of Techfest 2008,IIT Bombay


1. CRYPTOGRAM:

dx ia dfa iapd bxe fhka dx iahd dfa iapd

to be the best you have to beat the best



2. WHO IS THE MONKEY


Answer: 56

Every sailor leaves 4/5(n-1) coconuts of a pile of n coconuts. This results in an awful formula for the complete process (because every time one coconut must be taken away to make the pile divisible by 5): 4/5(4/5(4/5(4/5(4/5(4/5(p-1)-1)-1)-1)-1)-1), where p is the number of coconuts in the original pile, must be a whole number. The trick is to make the number of coconuts in the pile divisible by 5, by adding 4 coconuts. This is possible because you can take away those 4 coconuts again after taking away one fifth part of the pile: normally, 4/5(n-1) coconuts are left of a pile of n coconuts; now 4/5(n+4)=4/5(n-1)+4 coconuts are left of a pile of n+4 coconuts. And because of this, the number of coconuts in the pile stays divisible by 5 during the whole process. So we are now looking for a p for which the following holds: 4/5×4/5×4/5×4/5×4/5×4/5×(p+4)=(46/56)×(p+4), where p is the number of coconuts in the original pile, must be a whole number. The smallest (p+4) for which the above holds, is 56. So there were p=56-4=15621 coconuts in the original pile.


3.WRONG NUMBER

This is an easy question

The correct answer is 4.


4. INDIAN COLONY

    HINT::

    try to google for zebra puzzle



5.MATH MAP

2. abcdef = 142857. Note that a = 1 immediately from the first equation. Incidentally, 142857 is the only number known to have this cyclic property.

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2 thoughts on “Techfest Puzzles Solution #1

  1. think u should add that for those who can’t remember this magic no. can do the following.
    Just divide 1 by 7 and u get a recurring decimal, in which the recurring digits are the no

  2. think u should add that for those who can’t remember this magic no. can do the following.Just divide 1 by 7 and u get a recurring decimal, in which the recurring digits are the no

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