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1. ## Brain Teasers

OK, who are the bright sparks amongst us?

Two questions below.

If no one gets them right, answers tomorrow.
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1. Brain Teaser - If you had a 5-litre and a 3-litre bowl and

2. Riddle: How many bricks does it take to complete a building

2. ## Re: Brain Teasers

On the bowl one - fill the 3 litre bowl, empty it into the 5 litre bowl, then fill it again and empty into the 5 litre bowl until 5 litre bowl is full (i.e. add 2 more litres to the 5 litre bowl). The 3 litre bowl will now have only 1 litre left in it after doing this. So now tip out all water in 5 litre bowl and put the 1 litre from the 3 litre bowl into the 5 litre bowl and fill the 3 litre bowl again and add it to the 5 litre bowl to get 4 litres.

don't have any response for the brick one as yet.

3. ## Re: Brain Teasers

Originally Posted by Julia
1. Brain Teaser - If you had a 5-litre and a 3-litre bowl and

2. Riddle: How many bricks does it take to complete a building
I'll have crack...

1. pour the 3l into the 5l bowl and mark the level. then fill the 5l. pour the 5l into the 3l until 2l (the level) has been reached. mark this level on the 3l bowl. empty the 5l and then fill twice from the 3l (up to the level, ie 2l).

2. one (brick is singular)

I know I've probably done something dumb.

4. ## Re: Brain Teasers

I like Cuttlefish's answer for 1. and I think they inadverently got 2. right as well

Just thought I would add that, despite temptation, I didn't cheat.

5. ## Re: Brain Teasers

One brick. Because no matter how many bricks in the building, it takes one brick to "complete" it.

(There.. I can use google too )

6. ## Re: Brain Teasers

Originally Posted by wayneL
One brick. Because no matter how many bricks in the building, it takes one brick to "complete" it.

(There.. I can use google too )
Me too. Was much easier to google it than think about it, hence I refrained from posting it.

7. ## Re: Brain Teasers

Originally Posted by cuttlefish
On the bowl one - fill the 3 litre bowl, empty it into the 5 litre bowl, then fill it again and empty into the 5 litre bowl until 5 litre bowl is full (i.e. add 2 more litres to the 5 litre bowl). The 3 litre bowl will now have only 1 litre left in it after doing this. So now tip out all water in 5 litre bowl and put the 1 litre from the 3 litre bowl into the 5 litre bowl and fill the 3 litre bowl again and add it to the 5 litre bowl to get 4 litres.

don't have any response for the brick one as yet.
Here's the answer that came with the question: I'm now so confused with all the bowls and water that I can't figure out if what you're saying, Cuttlefish, is the same as the answer!! I had no clue in the first place how to do it.

Re the brick, you are all right, of course. Even I got that one.

8. ## Re: Brain Teasers

- no thats a bit different to mine - though conceptually the same thing - I guess there'd be a fair few ways to do it. (5 minus 3 = 2 so somehow need to use that fact to get to 4) - I did it by subtracting 5 from 6 = 1 then adding 1 to 3 to get 4. The above example does it by subtracting 3 from 5 to get 2, subtracting 2 from 3 to get 1 and then subtracting 1 from 5 to get 4.

Bet thats cleared it up lol.

9. ## Re: Brain Teasers

Originally Posted by cuttlefish
Bet thats cleared it up lol.
Guess I'll just have to call on your deductive skills if I ever need to work out anything involving bowls of water, Cuttlefish. Both methods seem incomprehensible to me. Interesting, isn't it, how some brains can process this sort of stuff and others can't. You're probably pretty good at doing those IQ tests.

10. ## Re: Brain Teasers

You only have a 5L and a 2L bowl
how do you get 8L?

hint - I'm guessing you'll need to use a fridge to turn some to ice
PS - don't bother trying this one, it's a jest

PS and you're wearing sandals not boots

11. ## Re: Brain Teasers

Originally Posted by Julia
2. Riddle: How many bricks does it take to complete a building
I would of said none, because "a building made of brick" is already a building and thus complete. Anyone catch my drift?

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