Solve it Sunday: Gold Standard

Solve it Sunday: Gold Standard

This question may seem laughable at first glance. I assure you, however, that I have no intention of making sport with you. Simplicity does not always indicate triviality.

Which is heavier – a 1-ton block of wood, or a 1-ton block of gold?

You may assume that both blocks are being weighed on the same weighing apparatus in the same terrestrial location, and that the machine is giving an identical value in both cases.

Good luck with this one! It’s not as simple as you might think it is.
As always, answers in the comments.

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Solve it Sunday: A Curious Thought

Solve it Sunday: A Curious Thought

This one might be a bit trickier than you think. It got me when I first read it, but read it carefully before you think you have the answer.

As always…answers in the comments

It has been said that the ultimate in exclusivity would be to build a house which possessed windows facing south on each of its four sides.

Does this seem a reasonable proposition?

Solve it Sunday: Ciphertext

Solve it Sunday: Ciphertext

This is a quote made my Albert Einstein. If you can find it then maybe you’d be able to recognize it. Good luck!

In this puzzle, the challenge is to decrypt a quotation that has been made obscure by the use of a simple cypher. Are you able to work out what it says?

Solve it Sunday: High Wire

Solve it Sunday: High Wire

Are you scared of heights? This riddle is all about high-wire walking. No math involved, just some critical thinking or maybe some random knowledge involved.

An incredible amount of skill, dedication and fitness is required to master the art of high-wire walking. However, when you see such a masterful athlete proceeding to and fro over a dizzying drop armed with nothing more than a long, saggy bar, bear in mind that perhaps the feat is somewhat less insanely risky than it may appear.

Can you say why?

Good luck! I didn’t know the answer to this one, but maybe you can solve it.

Solve it Sunday: Two Pails

Solve it Sunday: Two Pails

There is no math required for this one at all. All it takes is a little memory of elementary school science, which may be worse.

Let me know your answer in the comments.

Imagine that you are in possession of two pails of water. These pails are identical in every significant respect, save that one has a large chunk of wood floating freely inside it, while the other does not. Apart from that disparity, the two are filled precisely to the brim with freshly distilled water.

Which of the pails would be heavier?

Good Luck!

Solve it Sundays: Submersible

Solve it Sundays: Submersible

By now, your weekend is probably pretty close to done, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop relaxing.

Take a seat on the couch and try to solve this week’s riddle.

There are many pressing concerns when one is in a submarine, whether it is a time of war or not. However, one of the most important is for the captain to ensure that his boat not be permitted to rest on the bedrock of the ocean floor, even for a moment. Such an event may well prove fatal for the entire crew.

Can you say why?

Solve it Sundays: An Exercise in Logic

Solve it Sundays: An Exercise in Logic

Hey everyone. This week’s riddle is a bit easier for you, but it’ll for sure make you think.

The English mathemitician and author Lewis Caroll devised a series of excellent logical problems designed to illustrate and test deductive reasoning. Several statements are given below. You may assume — for the duration of this problem — that they are absolutely true in all particulars. From that assumption, you should be able to provide an answer to the question that follows.

I dislike things that cannot be put to use as a bridge.

Sunset clouds are unable to bear my weight.

The only subjects I enjoy poems about are things which I would welcome as a gift.

Anything which can be used as a bridge is able to bear my weight.

I would not accept a gift of a thing I disliked.

Would I enjoy a poem about sunset clouds?

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