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Old 11-15-2012, 04:00 PM   #10051
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By the way, the correct option in number 3 seems to be indicated (it says "correct" after option 'c')!
Oh b*gger. Gave that one away, didn't I...
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:00 PM   #10052
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Argh! I like this quiz but I see I've come too late.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:05 PM   #10053
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1. Which scenario gives you the best chance of survival?
a) Flip 5 tails in a row or get your head cut off
b) Roll snake eyes or eat cyanide for dinner
c) Roll a 7 twice in a row or be drawn and quartered
d) Get dealt 2 aces (standard 52 card deck; 2 cards dealt) or jump from the top of the Empire State Building

2. Which weighs more?
a) 125 pounds of cement
b) 60 kilograms of feathers (Bilbo)

3. The number of sides in a hexagon multiplied by the number of sides in a pentagon is LESS than which of the following?
a) The atomic number of Manganese
b) The number of years of marriage marked in a silver wedding anniversary
c) The number of days and nights rain fell during Noah's flood (Kumabjorn)
d) The number that represents the first point gained in a game of tennis

4. ?sdrawkcab nettirw iP ni srebmun ruof tsrif eht era tahW
a) 414.3
b) 141.3 (Bilbo)
c) 314.1
d) 411.3

5. If you score (the number of pawns on the board at the start of a game of chess minus the number of clubs in a standard set of playing cards) on a par 5 hole in golf you have made a(n):
a) Eagle (Bilbo)
b) Birdie
c) Par
d) Bogey

6. Which city is located in a country that does NOT border a country with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea?
a) Berlin
b) Vienna
c) Lisbon
d) Warsaw (Kumabjorn)

7. Which would buy you more cases of beer?
a) 12oz of gold
b) 40 oz of silver
c) 1 oz of platinum

8. My friend Hannah loves her name, and likes to exclaim, "Was it a car or a cat I saw?". What do you suppose her favorite city is?
a) Arboles, Colorado
b) Saxet, Texas (Bilbo)
c) Cedar Fort, Utah
d) Argonia, Kansas

9. A game-show host has placed a car behind one of three doors. There is a goat behind each of the other doors. "First you point toward a door," he says. "Then I'll open one of the other doors to reveal a goat. After I've shown you the goat, you make your final choice whether to stick with your initial choice of doors, or to switch to the remaining door. You win whatever is behind the door." You begin by pointing to door number 1. The host shows you that door number 3 has a goat. What should you do (assuming you want the best odds of winning the car)?
a) Switch to door #2 (Bilbo)
b) Stay with door #1
c) It doesn't matter
d) Punch the host in the jaw

10. Someone that suffers from Apotemnophobia would head for the hills if confronted by:
a) A slab of meat
b) A horse
c) My mother-in-law
d) A one-legged woman (Kumabjorn)

Bilbo - 5
Kumabjorn - 3
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #10054
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Argh! I like this quiz but I see I've come too late.
Still a couple to answer...
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #10055
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7. Which would buy you more cases of beer?
a) 12oz of gold
b) 40 oz of silver
c) 1 oz of platinum

Option "a" is worth the most in dollars, so I assume that is the answer.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:09 PM   #10056
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7. Which would buy you more cases of beer?
a) 12oz of gold
b) 40 oz of silver
c) 1 oz of platinum

Option "a" is worth the most in dollars, so I assume that is the answer.
7 - correct
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:17 PM   #10057
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Unless I screwed up the math (or someone beat me to [it] while I was doing the math) 5 tails in a row gives you the best odds.

5 tails in a row is 1 in 32.
Snake eyes is 1 in 36.
7 twice in a row is 1 in 36.
2 aces is one in 220.

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #10058
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Assuming that all the alternatives will kill you in question 1, I think that the answer is 'a'.

I think, with my admittedly dodgy knowledge of probability, that the probabilities are;

a) 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x1/2 x 1/2 = 1/32
b) 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36
c) 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36 (I'm worried that this is the same as the previous one, but that's my reckoning)
d) 4/52 x 3/51 = 12/2652 = 221/1

I have no doubt this will prove to be wrong, but at least I tried.

And, Orlok, having worked this out, if this is a trick question and one of those alternatives won't kill you, then, Coventry's not that far away, that's all I'm saying.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:13 PM   #10059
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For question 9 I can explain the answer.

When you pick a door you have a 1/3 chance of being correct, and there is a 2/3 chance that one of the other two doors is correct. When the game show host opens one of the doors then that group of two doors still has a 2/3 chance of being correct, but now only one of those doors has that 2/3 chance of being the correct door.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:47 PM   #10060
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Unless I screwed up the math (or someone beat me to [it] while I was doing the math) 5 tails in a row gives you the best odds.

5 tails in a row is 1 in 32.
Snake eyes is 1 in 36.
7 twice in a row is 1 in 36.
2 aces is one in 220.
Correct (in every answer):

Flip 5 tails in a row: You have a 1 in 2 chance each flip. 1/25 = 1/32
Roll snake eyes: you have a one in 6 chance on each die. 1/62 = 1/36
Roll a 7 twice in a row: 1/62 = 1/36
Get dealt 2 aces: There are 4 aces out of 52 cards to start so the chance of the first card being an ace is 4/52 and the chance the second card will be an ace is 3/51 since we have dealt one card and we're assuming it was the ace. So total odds are 4/52 * 3/51 = 1/220
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Assuming that all the alternatives will kill you in question 1, I think that the answer is 'a'.

I think, with my admittedly dodgy knowledge of probability, that the probabilities are;

a) 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x1/2 x 1/2 = 1/32
b) 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36
c) 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36 (I'm worried that this is the same as the previous one, but that's my reckoning)
d) 4/52 x 3/51 = 12/2652 = 221/1

I have no doubt this will prove to be wrong, but at least I tried.

And, Orlok, having worked this out, if this is a trick question and one of those alternatives won't kill you, then, Coventry's not that far away, that's all I'm saying.
You got the last one wrong (see above).

And help yourself to Coventry. I don't live there .
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #10062
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You got the last one wrong (see above).

And help yourself to Coventry. I don't live there .
52 x 51 = 2652

2652 / 12 = 221

Is that really not right? Bear in mind that I am not mathematically gifted (to say the least).

And, I had Coventry in my mind for you. I really can't remember why now. Sorry
(Still, it saves me a trip to Coventry. Which is good).
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For question 9 I can explain the answer.

When you pick a door you have a 1/3 chance of being correct, and there is a 2/3 chance that one of the other two doors is correct. When the game show host opens one of the doors then that group of two doors still has a 2/3 chance of being correct, but now only one of those doors has that 2/3 chance of being the correct door.
That's pretty much it. The point is that when you first selected a door, you had a 66% chance of picking a goat. Once the host opens the door with a goat, then you now only have a 33% chance of picking another goat if you swap, and 33% chance of choosing the car. So you are twice as likely not to choose the goat if you swap. Clear as mud.

Anyway...Bilbo wins, so take it away Solihull man
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52 x 51 = 2652

2652 / 12 = 221

Is that really not right? Bear in mind that I am not mathematically gifted (to say the least).

And, I had Coventry in my mind for you. I really can't remember why now. Sorry
(Still, it saves me a trip to Coventry. Which is good).
Actually, I think you are right, even though the quiz I took it from says 1/220.

And I'm close to Cov, just about 15 miles north.
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I actually took the 1 in 220 figure from memory. I play a lot of poker, which is why I remember it -- but I remembered it wrong. Bilbo's math is right.

The odds are 220 to 1, and this is the same as 1 in 221.
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