PUZOL ON TIHS
By Teh Puzzlar (Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:06:09 AM EST) puzzlar, mensa, flowers, kim, tagsareforpeoplewhocantgoogle (all tags)
Kim has three vases in her living room, each containing the same number of flowers. Kim adds three fresh flowers to one vase, which now has two more than the new average. How many flowers were in the vases originally?

Rools:

1. Figure teh ansor out yuorself
2. Post teh ansor in a spoilor tag
3. Some puzols supplied by MENSA and so may not have clear, corrcet or uneak ansors
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asnwer by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:08:26 AM EST
1 flower in each

rebuttol by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:18:41 AM EST
1 + 3 - 2 != 1

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rebuttol to rebuttol by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:23:17 AM EST
I didn't understand the problem--this solution seems correct...AS FAR AS IT GOES

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oh, here's my error by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:28:02 AM EST
I had 3 = 3n when it should have been 3 = 3n/3. Ah well, pre-tea.

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answer by TPD (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:25:53 AM EST
whatever it really doens't matter but Iill go with 56792

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
replii by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:31:20 AM EST
right!

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utter nonsense by komet (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:37:06 AM EST
true, if you look at it mathematically, the variable falls out of the equation so any value would be true, including a complex number. However, everyone knows that you have to put an odd number or twelve flowers into a vase. Adding three flowers to a vase that already has an odd number results in an even number of flowers. Therefore, the only possible solutions are either 9 flowers originally to bring the one vase up to twelve; or, more likely, the three vases were sitting empty on a shelf and the woman put the three flowers into one of them.

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replii by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:40:54 AM EST
also croccet! Ain't Mensa awesome?

PS: Their answer was 6 with no acknowledgment that there are an infinite number of ansors

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what a bunch of morons by komet (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:45:58 AM EST
I know some Mensa members. They are all stupider than myself, plus they have worse dress sense.

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How's their hygiene? by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:48:51 AM EST
Also, sex life.

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wait, are you teh puzzlor? by tps12 (4.00 / 2) #13 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:49:32 AM EST
How much more of a moran could I be?

/me joins MENSA

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This stupid puzol prompted me to 'create' by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:52:20 AM EST
the idea, but I will probably post others that are either egregiously bad or egregiously good.

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teh ansar lol by komet (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:29:12 AM EST
none

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replii by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 03:31:38 AM EST
right!

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Trick question by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:12:21 AM EST
They were all getting off at the stop before St Ives.

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Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
can we assume by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #16 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:45:40 AM EST
kim is a woman, and we know women are bad at math, therefore there must be an error in the problem description.

if there's x flowers, that's also the old average - 3 vases, x flowers in each, 3x/3 = x So by adding 3 flowers, new number of flowers is x + x + (x + 3) that makes the new average (3x+3)/3, or x+1,  well (x+1) (average) + 2 ('extra count') will always equal (x+3) (new count) regardless of x.

Silly..

I'm disappointed by the lack of pedantry so far. by herbert (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:48:27 AM EST
Assuming that the average used is the median, if the original number of flowers per vase is x, then the new average is also x, and we have x + 3 = x + 2, therefore by a simple act of flower arrangement, Kim proves that 3 = 2 and destroys the universe.

Please enter a subject for your comment by lm (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:48:49 AM EST
none

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Answer by The Fool (4.00 / 1) #19 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 05:52:19 AM EST
So what you're asking is, for which n does n+3 = (3n + 3)/3 - 2.

I will take a wild guess and say Grant... AND HIS WIFE.

Close by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:19:55 AM EST
Two more than the new average.

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Doh by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:34:01 AM EST
((spoiler RHS ends with +2, not -2. Duh.)

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And by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #22 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:37:31 AM EST
Now you know my dirty little secret: I'm an idiot.

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I prefer to think of you as The Fool (nt) by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #23 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:39:09 AM EST

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Thanks by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #24 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:41:25 AM EST
Now I remember why I picked this nick.

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Because everybody knows: by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #25 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 09:16:47 AM EST
I'm the idiot here.

No further comment necessary, calla.

woof.

OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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