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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:57 pm 
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That sounds nice, Raymond. I've always felt that somehow (and maybe a little magically) things usually work out.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:52 pm 
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Time for a puzzle:

Laura said to Tim, "Two days ago I was 7, but next year I'll be ten!" She was telling the truth! How is this possible and what day was it?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:16 am 
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hmmm....leap year?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:25 am 
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I also thought of Leap Year, but I don't see how that helps. I give up!


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:51 am 
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wait...wait...wait...

(good time of the year for this one, JG)

The day must be January 1st. You were 7 years old two days ago on Dec. 30th. Then on December on Dec. 31st you turned 8. Since it is now the start of a new year, you will be 9, and so the following year you will be 10.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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That's an excellent problem, Joufa. Where did you get it?


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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rsmullyan wrote:
That's an excellent problem, Joufa. Where did you get it?



I found it in a child's book about mathematics and fun with numbers. Though, I tweaked the problem to make it a little more difficult for our adult minds! (The original started with "On January 1st....")

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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An!That was clever of you, Joufa!


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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Clever of me to have found the answer!

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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pianolady wrote:
Clever of me to have found the answer!



Found? Or used your noggin?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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juufa72 wrote:
pianolady wrote:
Clever of me to have found the answer!



Found? Or used your noggin?


Found, is the key word, J. I've never been able to lie - even on a forum.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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Here is a little puzzle of mine that you might like:


The Case of the Smithsonian Clocks
 Raymond Smullyan
Two friends, whom we will call Arthur and Robert, were curators at the Smithsonian Museum. Both were born in the month of May, one in 1932 and the other a year later. Each was in charge of a beautiful antique clock. Both of the clocks worked pretty well, considering their ages, but one of them lost ten seconds an hour and the other gained ten seconds an hour. On one bright day in January, the two friends set both clocks right at exactly 12 noon. ``You realize,'' said Arthur, ``that the clocks will start drifting apart, and they won't be together again until---let's see---why, on the very day you will be 47 years old. Am I right?'' Robert then made a short calculation. ``That's right!'' he said.

Who is older, Arthur or Robert?


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:14 am 
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hmmmm.......

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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I'm still not sure about this, and I'm not even looking it up on the internet, but I will answer in a simple form:

Arthur is older because his clock is going backwards by 10 seconds at a time, and Robert's clock is going ahead by 10 seconds at a time. So then Robert's clock will meet up with Arthur - who is already 47 and so at the time when the two clocks meet, it will be Robert's birthday and he will turn 47.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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Sorry, that's not right!


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