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You have a fox, a chicken, and a sack of grain. You need to get all three across a river using a boat that can only carry one at a time. If you leave the fox with the chicken, the fox will eat the chicken. If you leave the chicken with the grain, the chicken will eat the grain. How can you get all three across the river safely?

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1. Take the chicken across the river.
2. Go back and take the fox across the river.
3. Take the chicken back to the original side.
4. Take the grain across the river.
5. Finally, go back and bring the chicken across.

You are in a room with three light switches. Each switch controls one of the three light bulbs in the next room. You can flip the switches as many times as you like, but you can only go into the next room once. How do you determine which switch controls which bulb?

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Turn on the first switch and leave it on for a few minutes.
2. Turn it off and immediately turn on the second switch.
3. Go into the next room:
- The bulb that is on is controlled by the second switch.
- The bulb that is warm but off is controlled by the first switch.
- The bulb that is cold and off is controlled by the third switch.

You have two hourglasses: one measures 7 minutes and the other measures 4 minutes. How can you measure exactly 9 minutes?

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1. Start both hourglasses at the same time.
2. When the 4-minute hourglass runs out, flip it immediately.
3. When the 7-minute hourglass runs out, flip it immediately.
4. When the 4-minute hourglass runs out again (at 8 minutes), there is 1 minute of sand left in the 7-minute hourglass.
5. Let that 1 minute pass. You're now measured exactly 9 minutes.

You are standing in front of two doors. One leads to freedom, and the other leads to death. Two guards are standing, one in front of each door. One always tells the truth, and the other always lies, but you don't know which one is which. You can ask only one question to one of the guards to figure out which door leads to freedom. What do you ask?

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Ask either guard, "If I were to ask the other guard which door leads to freedom, what would they say?" Then, choose the opposite door.

You have three switches outside a room. Each switch controls one of the three bulbs inside the room. All the switches are in the "off" position, and you can't see the bulbs from the outside. How can you figure out which switch controls which bulb if you can only enter the room once?

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1. Turn on the first switch and leave it on for a few minutes.
2. Turn it off and immediately turn on the second switch.
3. Enter the room:
- The bulb that is on is controlled by the second switch.
- The bulb that is warm but off is controlled by the first switch.
- The bulb that is cold and off is controlled by the third switch.

Manhole covers are round so they can fall through the opening. A round cover cannot be turned sideways and dropped through its circular opening, unlike square or rectangular covers.

You have 12 identical-looking balls, but one is of a different weight (heavier or lighter). You have a balance scale and can only use it three times. How do you find the odd ball?

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1. Divide the balls into three groups of four.
2. Weigh two of the groups against each other:
- If they balance, the odd ball is in the third group.
- If they don? balance, the odd ball is in the heavier or lighter group.
3. Take the group with the odd ball and divide it into three. Repeat the weighing process.

You have a 5-liter jug and a 3-liter jug. Neither has any markings on it. How can you measure exactly 4 liters using these jugs?

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1. Fill the 5-liter jug to the top.
2. Pour water from the 5-liter jug into the 3-liter jug until it is full. This leaves you with 2 liters in the 5-liter jug.
3. Empty the 3-liter jug and pour the 2 liters from the 5-liter jug into the 3-liter jug.
4. Fill the 5-liter jug again and pour it into the 3-liter jug until it is full. Now you have exactly 4 liters left in the 5-liter jug.

A train 1 mile long is traveling at a speed of 1 mile per minute through a tunnel 1 mile long. How long will it take for the train to completely pass through the tunnel?

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It will take 2 minutes. The front of the train takes 1 minute to exit the tunnel, but the back still needs another minute to completely pass through.

Two parallel mirrors are facing each other, and a candle is placed between them. How many images of the candle will you see?

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You will see an infinite number of images. Each mirror reflects the candle and the reflection from the other mirror, creating an endless series of reflections.

A woman stole a necklace and put it in her pocket. However, the next day she found the necklace was gone, yet her pocket was not torn or broken, and nothing else was taken. How is this possible?

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The woman was a dreamer and dreamed about stealing the necklace. When she woke up, the necklace wasn't there because it never existed in reality.

A chessboard has 64 squares. If you remove two opposite corner squares, can you cover the remaining 62 squares with 31 dominoes, each covering exactly 2 squares?

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No, you can. Each domino covers two adjacent squares of different colors, but removing two opposite corners removes two squares of the same color. This leaves an odd number of squares of each color, making it impossible to cover them evenly with dominoes.

You have 1,000 bottles of wine, one of which is poisoned. You have 10 prisoners, and the poison will kill someone exactly 24 hours after they consume it. You need to find the poisoned bottle within 24 hours. How do you do it?

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Label the bottles from 1 to 1,000 and convert each number to binary. Assign each bit to a prisoner (10 bits total). Have each prisoner drink from the bottles where their corresponding bit is a 1. After 24 hours, the prisoners who die reveal which bits are 1 in the binary number of the poisoned bottle.

A large square is cut into four pieces, which are then rearranged into a rectangle. The area of the rectangle appears to be missing a square unit. Where did the missing square go?

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This is an optical illusion. The rearrangement causes a very slight change in the angles of the pieces, which leads to the appearance of a missing square. The total area hasn't changed, but the illusion tricks the eye into thinking a square unit has disappeared.