Math Riddles

These Math Riddles are based on math concepts and can be solved with a bit of math and logic. These fun riddles can surely give you a tough time.

The Jeweler and the Five Rings

A king asks a learned man to visit his palace, to which the learned man responds: “I will come some day next month, but I will not tell you on which day. Further, you must give me gold in grams equal to the date on which I come.”

In preparation for the visit, the king demands that his jeweler make gold rings of 1 to 31 grams.

The wise jeweler made only 5 rings. What are their weights?

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Dishonest Waiter

Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is $15. They each contribute $5. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return $5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the $5 between the three he simply gives them $1 each and pockets the remaining $2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid $4, the total paid is therefore $12. Add the $2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to $14. So, where has the other $1 gone from the original $15?

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Pocket Money

You have unlimited supply of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢ and 50¢ (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar respectively) coins. What is the fewest number of coins required to have an exact change for all possible items that cost from one cent up to and including one dollar in one-cent increments?

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