## Geek’s Questions: The Art of Asking Yourself

A+Click contributor Gerry Geek just published a new true story:

A group of friends visit me. They eat and drink everything, even the cat’s food, and then leave. The fridge is empty – only a glass of milk is left. I give half of the milk to my cat Ben. He drinks half of it and then I drink half of what is left. Again, he drinks half of what is left and then I do the same. We continue until nothing is left. What proportion of the initial amount of milk did I drink in total?

I remember the moment when I saw Jane for the first time. We were sitting at the same table at a tea room along with Mary and John. We looked at each other and I was sure that everybody immediately chooses another. If two boys and two girls choose a partner, then what is the probability that everybody chooses the person who chooses them?

Before I met Jane I had a relationship with three girls who lived in the same house. I sent three letters to them. If the postman put the letters into three different boxes without looking at the name of the recipient, what would be the probability that all girls received their letters?

## The man who counted

The man who counted

“In 1932 Malba Tahan published what would became one of the most successful books ever written in Brazil – O Homem que Calculava – The Man Who Counted.”

## A+Click SMS Part 4

SMS stands for Short Math Situation. The SMS questions are limited to 64 characters.

91. How many 5-digit passwords are the same backwards as forwards? Answer

92. Which digit do I use less if I number 999 pages? Answer

93. How many digits are there in the result of 1001 power 11? Answer

94. How many are there symmetrical capital letters of the alphabet? Answer

95. Four cowboys fired once. What is probability that all are dead? Answer

96. What is the largest sum of two integers which product is 787? Answer

97. The time left today is half of the time passed. What’s time now? Answer

98. How many trials are needed to identify 3 keys for 3 keyholes? Answer

99. How many 2-digit integers have the sum of the digits equals 10? Answer

100. How much paper is needed to entirely cover a 40x30x12 box? Answer

101. How many apples were sold if 33, or 11% of the total, are left. Answer

102. What area does a line cover? It is 0.25 mm thick and 8 km long. Answer

103. 3 apples weigh in pairs 200, 204, and 208. Find their weights. Answer

104. What is the angle between the hour and minute hands at 14:20? Answer

105. How many small pieces of cheese you can get using only 5 cuts? Answer

106. How many Ancient Olympic Games were held from 776 BC to 393 AD? Answer

107. How much ribbon do you need to wrap around a 12x30x40 box? Answer

108. How many 7-digit phone numbers are there? Answer

109. Estimate the height of a lighthouse from which I can see 11km. Answer

110. Which days of the week occurred more frequently in 2012? Answer

111. 33 years, 33 months, 33 weeks, 33 days, 33 hours. How old am I? Answer

112. What is the smallest 5 digit integer with 5 different digits? Answer

The full collection of 100 SMS can be found at A+Click SMS.

## A+Click SMS Part 3

SMS stands for Short Math Situation. The SMS questions are limited to 64 characters.

61. I cut & folded a shape of 1m square. What’s the largest volume? Answer

62. Make 33 by using three 3s and any math operators. Answer

63. How would you measure 4 liters with 3 and 5 liter buckets? Answer

65. Find the largest 2-digit perfect number. Answer

66. Find the maximum number of points of intersection of N circles. Answer

67. How do you cut a round cheese into 8 equal pieces with 3 cuts? Answer

68. Find the smallest 10-digit integer with only 2 digits the same. Answer

69. How many digits did I write to number 100 pages? Answer

70. How many squares can I form with 8 matchsticks? No overlap. Answer

71. What is the sum of the first 99 consecutive integer numbers? Answer

72. How many crosspieces do I needed to separately enclose 4 lambs? Answer

73. A Z D W G Find the next letter in the sequence. Answer

74. How many 4-digit passwords are possible if I use only 2 digits? Answer

75. How many 2-digit integers have the sum of the digits equals 10? Answer

76. The number A4321 is divisible by 9. Find the digit A. Answer

77. How thick is a plait of 200 hairs which diameter is 0.02 mm? Answer

78. What is the creases’ net on a paper folded in half 4 times? Answer

79. Find the smallest sum of 2 integers. Their product is 1000. Answer

80. What is the probability that two random dominos match? Answer

81. How many squares can be formed using seven matchsticks? Answer

82. Cut a rectangular piece of cheese with a hole in 2 equal parts. Answer

83. I met two kittens. What is the probability that they are boys? Answer

84. What number of spots appears more frequently on dominoes? Answer

85. Find 4 different integers if their product is 792? Answer

86. How many one-dollar bills completely cover a square mile? Answer

87. How many separate regions do three overlapping triangles form? Answer

88. How many letters are in the correct answer to this question? Answer

89. If 3 kids eat 3 kiwis in 33 seconds, how long do 9 kids eat 19? Answer

90. What sum of 2 digits is best to bet on? Answer

A+Click SMS Part 1 (questions 1 – 30)

A+Click SMS Part 2 (questions 31 – 60)

A+Click SMS Part 4 (questions 91 – 112)

## A+Click SMS Part 2

SMS stands for Short Math Situation. The SMS questions are limited to 64 characters.

31. How many diagonals does a regular octagon have? Answer

32. How many times heavier than a rabbit is an elephant? Answer

33. If you live 100 years, how many times will your heart beat? Answer

34. How many handshakes take place at a 100 men meeting? Answer

35. How many 4-digit pass codes are there? All digits are different. Answer

36. What part of the American flag is red? Answer

37. 99% of N nuts and 99% of a nut cost as much as all nuts. Find N. Answer

38. Find the smallest number divisible by all numbers from 1 to 20. Answer

39. Work out the sum of all the integers below 100. Answer

40. I buy 5 eggs for \$1 and sells 1egg for \$5. What’s my profit? Answer

41. How to split \$4, \$5, and \$6 in a ratio of 1:2:3? Answer

42. What is the probability that two kittens are boys? Answer

43. What is the probability that one of 3 idiots survives in a duel? Answer

44. At least 2 Londoners have the same number of hairs. Is it true? Answer

45. Is it possible to plant 10 trees in 5 rows of 4 trees? Answer

46. How many triangles can I make with six line segments on a plane? Answer

47. Divide \$1234 into the ratio 1:2:3:4. Answer

48. How much costs an item after three successive discounts of 20%? Answer

49. One of 240 coins is odd. How do you use a scale to find it? Answer

50. Tom’s income and spending are 7/8 that of Tim. Who saves more? Answer

51. How many 11-digit numbers can you make using 0, 1? Answer

52. Find the smallest integer that is 4 times the sum of its digits. Answer

53. How many 0s are at the end of the product of 2-digit integers? Answer

55. How many tennis balls can fit in a school bus? Answer

56. O T T F F S S What is the next letter in this series? Answer

57. Find the angle between two diagonals of a cube. Answer

58. For which capital letter would you use more paint? Answer

59. How many \$1 bills are numbered from AB01234567 to AB11111111? Answer

60. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a week, once in a year? Answer

A+Click SMS Part 1 (questions 1 – 30)

A+Click SMS Part 3 (questions 61 – 90)

## A+Click SMS

SMS stands for Short Math Situation.

Don’t confuse with SMS (Short Message Service), which is used as an acronym for all types of short text messaging. The last one is the most widely used data application in the world with several billion active users.

If the length of the SMS text messages is limited to 140 characters, the Short Math Situation questions are limited to 64 characters. Everything should be made as short as possible, but no shorter.

A+Click SMS are:

2. How many inner right angles are possible in a hexagon? Answer

3. How many planes of symmetry does a cube have? Answer

4. How many planes of symmetry does an Egyptian pyramid have? Answer

5. What is the last digit of the number 7 power 77? Answer

6. How many zeros are there at the end of 99! ? Answer

7. How many squares can you make using twelve matches? Answer

8. Find the hundreds digit of the product: 4444444 x 9999999. Answer

9. Find the smallest sum of 2 integers if their product is 1000. Answer

10. What is the units digit of 1! + 2! + 3! + … + 2012! ? Answer

11. How many 1x2x3 boxes can be packed into a 5x6x7 box? Answer

12. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day? Answer

13. How many zeros are there at the end of 100! ? Answer

14. What is the sum of the digits of all 2-digit numbers? Answer

15. Which product of 2 random dice numbers is best to bet on? Answer

16. Find the average of the smaller of 2 random numbers from 0 to 1. Answer

17. Find the average of the smaller of 3 random numbers from 0 to 1. Answer

18. Which 3-digit number has the greatest number of divisors? Answer

19. How many three-digit multiples of 7 end with digit 4? Answer

20. How many three-even-digit numbers are divisible by 9? Answer

21. What is the largest digit in the product of 11111111 x 11111111? Answer

22. Counting from 11 by 1, which number comes next? It is not 12. Answer

23. What is the largest product of integers that add up to 17? Answer

24. F = (x-a)(x-b)(x-c) . . . (x-x)(x-y)(x-z). Find F. Answer

25. 52 – 28 = 4 Which digit do I move to make the equation correct? Answer

26. Please make 121 by using three 5s any math operators. Answer

27. How many 3-digit numbers have 5 divisors including 1? Answer

28. Find the odd one out. DEMON FIRST FORTY GHOST Answer

29. Cut a rectangle with a round hole into two equal-area parts. Answer

30. How many digits are there in binary presentation of 999? Answer

A+Click SMS Part 2