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Brain Teaser Answers
1.) Pallet Puzzle
The counts for the first, third and fifth pallets can be found by subtracting the “other” two distinct pairs of counts from 100. For example – the third pallet count is 100 – (52 + 30) = 18. Once those three are known the 2nd and 3rd are easy to deduce. From 1-5 respectively: 27, 25,18, 16, & 14.
2.) Chain Gang
The first two machines can complete 1/45 of the job in a minute, the first and third complete 1/60 of the job in a minute, and the second and third only complete 1/90 of the job in one minute. Some algebraic substitutions reveal that the first machine can complete 5/360ths in one minute, the second 3/360ths, and the third 1/360th. Together they complete 9/360ths per minute – which completes the entire job in 40 minutes.
3.) Lone Welders
Very similar math to the above: the machines
A & B complete 1/10 of the job in a minute, A&C complete 1/9 of the job in a minute and B&C complete 1/8 of the job in a minute. So A by itself completes 49/720ths in one minute, or 14.7 minutes for the whole job. Machine B completes 41/720ths in a minute, or 17.6 minutes for the job, and machine C completes 31/720ths per minute – or 23.2 minutes for the entire run of the chain.
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