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Assume we have two trains moving on the same track. These trains are approaching each other head-on meaning that Train A is moving towards Train B & vice versa. The track these trains are on has a distance of 120 km. Train A has a speed of 26.6 km/hour and Train B&n ... (Open whole case)
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Motel Situation: Three friends check into a motel for the night. The clerk tells them the bill is $30, payable in advance. They each pay the clerk $10 and go to their room. A few minutes later, the clerk realizes he has made an error and overcharged the trio by $5. He asks the bellhop to return ... (Open whole case)
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Pirates Situation: Five pirates are trying to split up 1000 gold pieces. The rules are as follows: Pirate #1 must divide the gold up in such a way that a majority of the pirates (including himself) agree to. If he does not get a majority vote, he will be killed, and pirate #2 will get to pr ... (Open whole case)
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Coins Situation: Imagine, we are sitting together at a perfectly round table. We both have an infinite pile of quarters. These are the rules of the game:  “We'll take turns putting one quarter down on the table, no overlapping allowed, and the quarters must rest flat on the table ... (Open whole case)
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Light Bulb Situation: You are standing in front of a room with one light bulb inside of it. You cannot see if it is on or off. Outside the room there are 3 switches in the off positions. You may turn the switches any way you want to. You can open the door and enter the room, but you cannot use ... (Open whole case)
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Firefighter Situation: A firefighter stood on the middle rung of a ladder, spraying water on a burning house. He then climbed up 6 rungs before the heat of the flames caused him to come down 10 rungs. After some minutes he was able to climb 18 rungs to the very top of the ladder. Question: ... (Open whole case)
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Duel Situation: Three men, Adam, Bertie and Charlie, agree to take part in a lethal three-way duel. They each have a pistol and several rounds of ammo, and they draw lots to see who will shoot first and who second. Then they stand an equal distance apart, and they take turns to fire. When it i ... (Open whole case)
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Barbershop Statement: A business man is in a village for a meeting. He has time to spare before the meeting, so he decides to get a haircut. He looks at a street map and was surprised to find that there are only two barbers in town, right across the road from each other. He went into the firs ... (Open whole case)
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Number sequence Situation: “You and I will take turns saying numbers. The first person will say a number between 1 and 10. Then, the other person will say a number that is greater than the first number. The difference between both numbers must be between 1 and 10. We will keep going back ... (Open whole case)
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