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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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Cards in the Dark

You are standing in a pitch-dark room. A friend walks up and hands you a normal deck of 52 cards. He tells you that 13 of the 52 cards are face-up, the rest are face-down. These face-up cards are distributed randomly throughout the deck.

Your task is to split up the deck into two piles, using all the cards, such that each pile has the same number of face-up cards. The room is pitch-dark, so you can’t see the deck as you do this.

How can you accomplish this seemingly impossible task?

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