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die_kale
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Joined: 11 Nov 2011
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Location: Rotterdam

Thanksgiving riddle

So there is no new theorem at midnight tonight, just a riddle. I recon I bruteforced it using this formula in a spreadsheet:

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): =IF(TRUNC(COLUMN(A2)/ROW(A2))-COLUMN(A2)/ROW(A2)=0,A1*-1,A1)

So that gives me the requested value of bulb 64, and the number of lighted bulps...

ideas anyone?

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:21 pm
Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee

Joined: 01 Sep 2005
Posts: 4244
Location: Where the cheese is free.

I get
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): 10

Bulbs lit after 100 people

Specifically, bulb numbers:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): That are perfect squares

And, bulb 64 is:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): One of those

Edit:

Easier...
We know that bulb 1 spends the most time on (100%)
Which bulb spends the least time on and what percentage of time is it on?

Harder...
We know person 1 ends their turn with the most lights on (100).
Who ends their turn with the least lights turned-on and how many?
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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:09 pm
mr. sunshine
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Joined: 01 Jul 2011
Posts: 17

Rogi Ocnorb wrote:
I get
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): 10

Bulbs lit after 100 people

Specifically, bulb numbers:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): That are perfect squares

And, bulb 64 is:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): One of those

Edit:

Easier...
We know that bulb 1 spends the most time on (100%)
Which bulb spends the least time on and what percentage of time is it on?

Harder...
We know person 1 ends their turn with the most lights on (100).
Who ends their turn with the least lights turned-on and how many?

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): The bulb that is on the lowest percentage of the time would be the second one. It is extinguished during the second person's walk and never illuminated again. Do we call that 1%, then?

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): The second to the last person ends their turn with the least lights on. Persons 82-99 are all turning lights off, while person 100 turns the last light on. The penultimate person leaves nine lights on.

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:05 pm
Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee

Joined: 01 Sep 2005
Posts: 4244
Location: Where the cheese is free.

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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:08 pm
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