Police research has shown that in these cases an eyewitness is correct 80% of the time. It is also known that 85% of the pupils at the school wear jumpers and not blazers, which has increased the chances of finding the culprit.
What is the probability of the thief wearing a blazer?
Think carefully about this - it is harder than it appears.
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]]>All you have to do is find a 4-digit number where the first digit is the number of zeroes in the number, the second digit is the number of ones, the third is the number of twos, and the fourth is the number of threes.
There are two of them to find.
And if you've found them, you can keep going and find a 5-digit number where the first digit is the number of zeroes, etc.
There are also one 7-digit number, one 8-digit number, one 9-digit number and one 10-digit number that you can find.
The numbers you are looking for are
1,210 and 2,020
21,200
3,211,000
42,101,000
521,001,000
and 6,210001,000
]]>All you have to do is find a 4-digit number where the first digit is the number of zeroes in the number, the second digit is the number of ones, the third is the number of twos, and the fourth is the number of threes.
There are two of them to find.
And if you've found them, you can keep going and find a 5-digit number where the first digit is the number of zeroes, etc.
There are also one 7-digit number, one 8-digit number, one 9-digit number and one 10-digit number that you can find.
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]]>The men are shown five hats - three black and two white. The men are blindfolded, each has a hat placed on his head, they are tied in position so they can't move, and the blindfolds are removed. The first man can see both others. The second can only see the third. And the third can't see either of the other men. The unused hats have been hidden.
They are told that if any of them can say what colour hat they are wearing, they can all go free. But one incorrect answer means they are all dead men.
The first man says that he does not know.
The second man says that he does not know either.
The third man says that he does know.
How does he know, and what colour is his hat?
If the first man could see two white hats he would know that he was wearing a black hat. As he does not know, he must be able to see one or two black hats.
If the second man could see a white hat he would know that the black hat visible to the first man must be on his head. As he does not know, he must be looking at a black hat.
So the third man is wearing a black hat.
]]>The men are shown five hats - three black and two white. The men are blindfolded, each has a hat placed on his head, they are tied in position so they can't move, and the blindfolds are removed. The first man can see both others. The second can only see the third. And the third can't see either of the other men. The unused hats have been hidden.
They are told that if any of them can say what colour hat they are wearing, they can all go free. But one incorrect answer means they are all dead men.
The first man says that he does not know.
The second man says that he does not know either.
The third man says that he does know.
How does he know, and what colour is his hat?
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]]>There used to be a festival called Christmastide which lasted twelve days and was followed by Epiphany, which celebrates the Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus. The first day of Christmas is Christmas Day and so the twelfth day is 5th January. So Twelfth Night is 5th January.
Somehow Twelfth Night and Epiphany have been conflated to be the same thing, but they are not.
]]>Over the twelve days of Christmas, who many gifts, in total, did my true love send to me?
That's it! Count the Partridge in a Pear Tree as one gift.
On the first day I receive one gift - a Partridge in a Pear Tree. On the second day I receive three gifts - two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. So this isn't 1+2+3 . . .+12
I receive twelve Partridges, one each day (12x1)
And I receive 22 Turtle Doves, two on each of eleven days (11x2)
And so on, until I receive twelve Drummers Drumming, all on the last day (1x12)
So we need to add 12, 22, 30, 36, 40, 42, 42, 40, 36, 30, 22 and 12, which equals 364.
]]>Over the twelve days of Christmas, who many gifts, in total, did my true love send to me?
That's it! Count the Partridge in a Pear Tree as one gift.
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]]>There are nine pictures which each represent something and have one-word answers. The nine answers are all connected, have a Christmas theme and are in the correct order.
All you have to do is work out what each picture represents, and work out the connection between them.
And yes, pictures one and three are the same picture - the one picture represents two of the things!
In order the nine things are:
Of course these are the nine reindeer.
]]>There are nine pictures which each represent something and have one-word answers. The nine answers are all connected, have a Christmas theme and are in the correct order.
All you have to do is work out what each picture represents, and work out the connection between them.
And yes, pictures one and three are the same picture - the one picture represents two of the things!
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]]>He told us that of the 100 members, 90 liked red cabbage, 80 liked parsnips and 70 liked sprouts, and that he had to plate up the correct vegetables for each member.
We sympathised with his difficulty, and out of idle curiosity asked if any members didn't eat any vegetables. He replied that, commendably, very few did. And then knowing we like a puzzle he added cryptically:
19 times as many members eat all three vegetables as those that eat none, and the only people who eat only one vegetable all eat red cabbage.
Well that spoiled the evening, as we could not leave without working out how many people had three vegetables, two vegetables and one vegetable, and which do they eat.
If the ten members who don't eat red cabbage all eat parsnips there must be 70 people who eat both. If the 30 who don't eat red cabbage and parsnips all eat sprouts there must be at least 40 members who eat all three vegetables. The number who eat all three can't be more than 70 - the number who eat sprouts.
So we need to find a number divisible by 19 between 40 and 70, and 57 is the only one. There are 57 members who eat all three vegetables and only three who eat none.
Of the remaining 40 some eat one vegetable (red cabbage) and some eat two.
Let a = the number who eat red cabbage and parsnips, b = the number who eat red cabbage and sprouts, c = the number that eat parsnips and sprouts, and d = the number who eat red cabbage only.
$$ a + b + c + d = 40$$
Red cabbage eaters
$$ 57 + a + b + d = 90 $$
$$ a + b + d = 33 $$
Parsnip eaters
$$ 57 + a + c = 80 $$
$$ a + c = 23 $$
Sprouts eaters
$$ 57 + b + c = 70 $$
$$ b + c = 13 $$
And from these simultaneous equations
a = 16, b = 6, c = 7 and d = 11.
So 57 members eat all three vegetables, 16 eat red cabbage and parsnips, six eat red cabbage and sprouts, 7 eat parsnips and sprouts, eleven eat only red cabbage, and three eat no vegetables at all.
]]>He told us that of the 100 members, 90 liked red cabbage, 80 liked parsnips and 70 liked sprouts, and that he had to plate up the correct vegetables for each member.
We sympathised with his difficulty, and out of idle curiosity asked if any members didn't eat any vegetables. He replied that, commendably, very few did. And then knowing we like a puzzle he added cryptically:
19 times as many members eat all three vegetables as those that eat none, and the only people who eat only one vegetable all eat red cabbage.
Well that spoiled the evening, as we could not leave without working out how many people had three vegetables, two vegetables and one vegetable, and which do they eat.
But we solved it - can you?
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]]>The pirates don't like each other, so if a pirate would get the same number of coins however he votes, he will vote against to kill the proposing pirate.
If everyone votes logically, what happens?
Let's work backwards from two pirates.
In this case the oldest proposes that he receives all 100 coins and his vote is 50% so he gets 100 coins.
With three pirates the eldest will propose a split of 99, 0 and 1. The youngest pirate will accept this, because if he doesn't there will be only two pirates left, and he gets nothing.
With four pirates the eldest will propose a split of 99, 0, 1 and 0. As with three pirates, the second youngest will support this, otherwise he'll get nothing.
So with the initial five pirates a split of 98, 0, 1, 0 and 1 will be supported by three pirates, the eldest, and the two who receive one coin each who would get nothing on the four-pirate vote.
]]>The pirates don't like each other, so if a pirate would get the same number of coins however he votes, he will vote against to kill the proposing pirate.
If everyone votes logically, what happens?
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]]>There are 15 hourly slots and the discounts will change every hour on the hour. There are five different deals that will appear on both days:
20% off orders of 20 rounds or more
25% off orders of 50 rounds or more
30% off orders of 100 rounds or more
35% off orders of 200 rounds or more
40% off orders of 500 rounds or more
The best deals will appear the least frequently, so 20% off will appear five times, 25% off will appear four times, 30% off will appear three times, 35% off will appear twice, and 40% off will appear only once.
The order that the discounts appear was generated randomly and is different on the Friday and the Monday. We will Tweet and Post on Facebook the new deal every hour.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or both to get the new discount codes as they appear.
]]>Vitamin B4
M1 Junction 3
Yorkshire South Riding
The year zero
The connection is that all of these have been missed out.
There are Vitamins B1-B3 and B5-B7, but no B4
Junction 3 on the M1 was never built and they go from 2 to 4.
There were three Ridings of Yorkshire - North, East and West - but no South.
And there is no year zero, the years go from 1 BC to 1 AD.
]]>Vitamin B4
M1 Junction 3
Yorkshire South Riding
The year zero
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]]>Vitamin B4
M1 Junction 3
Yorkshire South Riding
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]]>Vitamin B4
M1 Junction 3
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]]>Vitamin B4
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]]>You have been asked to examine the inscription on the Rogetta Stone, a very ancient and mysterious object. It might look like gibberish, but it is in fact a hodgepodge of several ancient languages once spoken in the Gulf of Lexico. These languages seem to have some unexpected connections with English... Perhaps you can translate the inscription after reading up on the languages concerned below. Note that recent chemical analysis determined that five different tools are responsible for an equal number of the stone’s engravings, so it is assumed that each nation also contributed a fifth of the 100-word inscription.
There is a map below that gives some clues.
The Languages
The Inscription
Pots! Ward far!!! Slither dealers soft sheet strap untie stop reviled syndactyly presume recede!!! Overpowering possess decaf another canoe’s trails rinse emit terminated, tub uniform who pine vowel lack edam tatters Steven less gainful bombyx renting fourteen saviour sloop toffee sword wolf has eon brazier, desserts wets. Owed, boar lager streams, remand canoeists profanity hiss gardened from from soliloquy, DNA cleared ethereal willingly ancient lick “Shingle” jazz het just citadel ewes testament congeries to won no. Penny object fishing actor buns hours nab islands peek other young rays dead desire exist tup capitol life! Blitz do such hike guard twerk.
The Map
The Solution
The five languages are as follows:
The Decryption
Stop! Draw near!!! The leaders of these parts unite to deliver a supreme decree. We have faced the ocean’s trials since time began, but for too long we have made
matters even more painful by letting our various pools of words flow as one bizarre, stressed stew. We, your regal masters, demand cessation of this deranged form of speech, and declare the thrillingly modern tongue “English” as the only dialect we will recognise from now on. Any subject wishing to snub our ban and keep the old ways alive will be put to DEATH. It’s too much like hard work.
The Key to Translation
R=Rogettish, G=Gramanan, M=Masque, P=Palindroman and D=Doggerel
Pots (P)! Ward (P) far (R)!!! Slither (M) dealers (G) soft (M) sheet (G) strap (P) untie (G) stop (M) reviled (P) syndactyly (M) presume (G) recede (G)!!! Overpowering (M) possess (R) decaf (P) another (M) canoe’s (G) trails (G) rinse (D) emit (P) terminated (R), tub (P) uniform (M) who (D) pine (R) vowel (M) lack (R) edam (P) tatters (D) Steven (D) less (R) gainful (D) bombyx (M) renting (R) fourteen (M) saviour (G) sloop (P) toffee (M) sword (G) wolf (P) has (D) eon (G) brazier (G), desserts (P) wets (P). Owed (M), boar (D) lager (P) streams (G), remand (D) canoeists (G) profanity (M) hiss (D) gardened (G) from (G) from (R) soliloquy (R), DNA (P) cleared (G) ethereal (M) willingly (D) ancient (R) lick (R) “Shingle (G)” jazz (D) het (G) just (R) citadel (G) ewes (M) testament (R) congeries (G) to (R) won (P) no (P). Penny (D) object (R) fishing (D) actor (M) buns (P) hours (M) nab (P) islands (M) peek (P) other (M) young (R) rays (D) dead (R) desire (R) exist (R) tup (P) capitol (M) life R)! Blitz (D) do (D) such (D) hike (D) guard (D) twerk (D).
]]>You have been asked to examine the inscription on the Rogetta Stone, a very ancient and mysterious object. It might look like gibberish, but it is in fact a hodgepodge of several ancient languages once spoken in the Gulf of Lexico. These languages seem to have some unexpected connections with English... Perhaps you can translate the inscription after reading up on the languages concerned below. Note that recent chemical analysis determined that five different tools are responsible for an equal number of the stone’s engravings, so it is assumed that each nation also contributed a fifth of the 100-word inscription.
There is a map below that gives some clues.
The Languages
The Inscription
Pots! Ward far!!! Slither dealers soft sheet strap untie stop reviled syndactyly presume recede!!! Overpowering possess decaf another canoe’s trails rinse emit terminated, tub uniform who pine vowel lack edam tatters Steven less gainful bombyx renting fourteen saviour sloop toffee sword wolf has eon brazier, desserts wets. Owed, boar lager streams, remand canoeists profanity hiss gardened from from soliloquy, DNA cleared ethereal willingly ancient lick “Shingle” jazz het just citadel ewes testament congeries to won no. Penny object fishing actor buns hours nab islands peek other young rays dead desire exist tup capitol life! Blitz do such hike guard twerk.
The Map
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]]>However, these people are potential entrants, and if they enjoy this quiz they might well be back for more. You’ve just got to sign them up this time, and an easy way out for them is the lack of a writing implement – “We’d love to do it, but we don’t have a pen”.
If they don’t have a pen, make sure you have plenty. And that’s one more team tonight, who could be regulars in the future.
]]>The answers to the clues are:
Putting these in the order
15 Ring
14 Umaga
13 Gregan
12 Beauxis
11 Youngs
10 Townsend
9 Evans
1 Aki
2 May
3 Sexton
4 Hartley
5 Eales
6 Edwards
8 Tindall
7 Stransky
Spells out RUGBY TEAM SHEETS which is where you will find this number ordering. Teams are listed with the Backs first, in descending order, followed by the forwards, in ascending order, except the back row listed 6, 8 and 7. [Although they are often listed 6,7 and 8 nowadays, we stuck to the traditional method!]
]]>As usual you can post the answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.
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]]>Benjamin Franklin, the American politician and scientist, is popularly supposed to have proposed DST whilst in Paris in 1784. However, this is not the case, as there was no nationally unified time in France in the 18th century, or anywhere else come to that. What he actually proposed was getting up earlier to save candles, by making use of the extra hours of daylight in the summer mornings.
Incidentally, Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise".
Legend has it that in 1905 William Willett was riding his horse before breakfast, and was perturbed to see most houses had curtains drawn, indicating the occupants were still asleep, with the sun high in the sky. He proposed advancing the clocks 20 minutes every Sunday in April and reversing the process in September. This was widely considered a joke at the time and never adopted.
In fact he was beaten to the idea by a New Zealand shift worker and entomologist George Hudson in 1895. In effect, he got up early, as Benjamin Franklin proposed a century earlier, and enjoyed the daylight hours after work studying insects.
As with many things, war proved to be the catalyst, with Germany adopting DST to save coal in 1916, and the allies quickly following suit. Although the USA waited until 1918.
And during World War II the UK used GMT, BST and Double Summer Time, known as God’s Time, Government Time and Loony Time respectively.
And finally a question related to time: country has the most time zones?
Oddly enough, this isn't one of the "obvious" big countries, but France, Because of all its various territories around the globe it has twelve time zones. These are:
-10:00 - French Polynesia
-09:30 - Marquesas Islands
-09:00 - Gambier Islands
-08:00 - Clipperton Island
-04:00 - Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin
-03:00 - French Guiana, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
+01:00 - France itself
+03:00 - Mayotte
+04:00 - Réunion
+05:00 - Kerguelen Islands, Crozet Islands
+11:00 - New Caledonia
+12:00 - Wallis and Futuna
Very strangely, the only one of these time zones that is not within an hour of another one . . . is France itself!
]]>Benjamin Franklin, the American politician and scientist, is popularly supposed to have proposed DST whilst in Paris in 1784. However, this is not the case, as there was no nationally unified time in France in the 18th century, or anywhere else come to that. What he actually proposed was getting up earlier to save candles, by making use of the extra hours of daylight in the summer mornings.
Incidentally, Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise".
Legend has it that in 1905 William Willett was riding his horse before breakfast, and was perturbed to see most houses had curtains drawn, indicating the occupants were still asleep, with the sun high in the sky. He proposed advancing the clocks 20 minutes every Sunday in April and reversing the process in September. This was widely considered a joke at the time and never adopted.
In fact he was beaten to the idea by a New Zealand shift worker and entomologist George Hudson in 1895. In effect, he got up early, as Benjamin Franklin proposed a century earlier, and enjoyed the daylight hours after work studying insects.
As with many things, war proved to be the catalyst, with Germany adopting DST to save coal in 1916, and the allies quickly following suit. Although the USA waited until 1918.
And during World War II the UK used GMT, BST and Double Summer Time, known as God’s Time, Government Time and Loony Time respectively.
And finally a question related to time: country has the most time zones?
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]]>The match report in question said that in the first half a team had three players sent to the sin bin in quick succession, and had to play three players short for four minutes.
Our contributors are special people, and this one started to think "From that information can I work out how many minutes the team played with one player short and two players short?".
So, can you work it out, and what are the times?
For those less familiar with Rugby, if a player is sin binned he or she takes no part in the game for ten minutes.
As this happened in the first half, we can discount this happening close to the end of the game, which would complicate things. Most of you discounted this anyway.
Let the time that Player 1 leaves the field be 0 minutes, so they will return when the time is 10 minutes.
As the team were three players short for four minutes, Player 3 must be sin binned when the time is 6 minutes. And thus they return when the time is 16 minutes.
Let the time that Player 2 goes off be t (which must be between 0 and 6) and the time they return be t+10.
The period of time that the team is one player short is the time between Player 1 going off and Player 2 going off (t - 0) added to the time between Player 2 returning and Player 3 returning (16 - (t+10)).
$$ t - 0 + 16 - (t + 10) = t + 16 - t - 10 = 16 - 10 = 6$$
So the team is a player short for 6 minutes.
We know that the team is three players short for 4 minutes, and the whole time that the team is any number of players short is 16 minutes (the time Player 3 returns), which leaves 6 minutes when the team is two players short.
]]>The match report in question said that in the first half a team had three players sent to the sin bin in quick succession, and had to play three players short for four minutes.
Our contributors are special people, and this one started to think "From that information can I work out how many minutes the team played with one player short and two players short?".
So, can you work it out, and what are the times?
For those less familiar with Rugby, if a player is sin binned he or she takes no part in the game for ten minutes.
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]]>The challenge is to determine the digits on the faces of two cubes that will allow you to display all the numbers from 1 to 31 - the numbers needed to show the date.
Each face of the cubes has a single digit. The numbers from one to nine must be displayed as 01 - 09. The two cubes can be used in either order, so either cube can be used on the left with the other on the right.
What are the six digits on the faces of the two cubes?
Because you have to be able to display 11 and 22 there must be a one and a two on both cubes.
If only one cube has a zero then, at most, only six of the numbers from 01 to 09 can be displayed, so there must be a zero on both cubes.
If both cubes have zero, one and two that is six of the twelve faces occupied, leaving six free faces for the seven digits from three to nine. This would appear to be an insurmountable problem!
Except that a six can be turned upside down to become a nine.
The first cube has the digits zero, one, two, three, four and five. And the second has the digits zero, one, two, six (nine), seven and eight.
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