Category Archives: games

Solution: The 40 pound stone puzzle

  This is the solution to The 40 pound stone puzzle. If you haven’t read the puzzle yet, click here before you read the solution. This puzzle similar to some of the puzzles in my book Interview Puzzles Dissected. The … Continue reading

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Puzzle: The 40 pound stone

This is a variation of a puzzle given on Car Talk. It’s similar to some of the puzzles in my book Interview Puzzles Dissected. A farmer uses a double-pan balance and a 40 pound stone to measure 40 pound weights: … Continue reading

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Make the basis for a card game in C#

The goal of this example is to provide some support for building a card game. It shows how to make a class to represent cards and to to tell what card is displayed in a PictureBox. It’s actually relatively straightforward. … Continue reading

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Verify sizes of playing cards in C#

Recently I wanted to use some playing cards in a program so I looked online for some nice images. I could have included 55 or so separate images (including jokers and backs), but I decided it would be easier to … Continue reading

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Make a hangman game in C#

Special thanks to Jeff Scarterfield for the skeleton drawing used by the program. This example builds a simple hangman game that uses the dictionary created by the example Use LINQ to select words of certain lengths from a file in … Continue reading

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Make a cannon game in C#

This simple cannon game randomly positions a target house. Then when you click the Shoot button, it gets angle and speed information for the cannon and enables a timer. To keep the graphics and timing simple, the program uses a … Continue reading

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Five hats puzzle solution

If you haven’t read it yet, read the Five hats puzzle. Recall that the warden has three white hats and two black hats. If the first prisoner, Art, saw two black hats, then he would know that he had a … Continue reading

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Five hats puzzle

This “hats puzzle” was described on December 26, 2016 on NPR’s Car Talk show. Sadly Tommy died in 2014 and the show was a rebroadcast so this puzzler has probably been used before. My book Interview Puzzles Dissected doesn’t include … Continue reading

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Sample Puzzles for Interview Puzzles Dissected

Here are some sample puzzles (in PDF format) from my book Interview Puzzles Dissected. Three Birds – Calculate the total number of miles three birds fly while zigzagging between each other during a trip from New York to Philadelphia. We … Continue reading

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Book Errata Page: Interview Puzzles Dissected

This is the errata page for my book Interview Puzzles Dissected, Solving and Understanding Interview Puzzles. If you find mistakes, please post them here in the Leave a Reply box at the bottom of the page. If you have questions, … Continue reading

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