Puzzle 16: At a Crossroads
Puzzle 16 is a bit of a tricky riddle. It presents two roads with signs pointing to each. One sign tells you that Path A is quiet with no traffic. The other sign points to Path B, naming it the busy street. You and a large line of other cars are in a hurry – and most cars are taking the quiet path. Both paths are the same length. Which path will get you to your destination quicker?
Since all of the cars around you are taking the quiet path, you should know that the quiet path will quickly turn into the busy path, while the busy path becomes quiet from disuse. So, you should go through Path B to get to your destination quickly. Don’t let signs pull you away from what’s going on in front of you.
Puzzle 17: Three’s a Crowd
This one is also a riddle, and it is even trickier than the last. There are three candidates running for mayor and 1000 voters. In a pre-election poll, 200 voters remain undecided, 400 voted for Mayor A, 300 voted for Mayor B, and only 100 voted for Mayor C. What is the maximum number of candidates that can possibly win the election – assuming no voters changed allegiance.
The answer appears to be 2, since the 200 undecided voters could give the win to Mayor B, but Mayor C would still be behind Mayor A if all 200 voted for him instead. This is misleading, however.
The twist in this puzzle is that the pre-election poll does not determine voter turnout. It is possible for Mayor C to get all 100 of his votes, while the voters for Mayor A and Mayor B fail to vote at all.
Puzzle 18: Cozy up the Chicks
Puzzle 18 gives you seven chicks in the form of yellow dots and three shapes that you need to use to pen them all in. The trick is in figuring out how to arrange the shapes.
This one is quite simple. Here is one solution: