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 Got a Minute? (Posted on 2003-09-10)
You have an infinite amount of timers, each is an hour long (they do not have dials on telling you how long they've been going - they just beep when the time is up). You can set it to double speed at any time, but you cannot set it back to normal speed (eg if you set it to double speed at the start it will last 30 minutes.

Using each timer only once, is it possible to time exactly 25 minutes?

If it is, what is the smallest number of timers you need to do this, and the quickest time you can acheive it?

 No Solution Yet Submitted by Lewis Rating: 3.6000 (15 votes)

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 re: Got it - but you gotta be fast!!! | Comment 13 of 35 |
(In reply to Got it - but you gotta be fast!!! by Norfolk-n-Good)

Norfolk:

How close are you going to get? Since 25 minutes = 5/12 of an hour, and 5/12 has an infinite, non-repeating decimal expansion base 2 (decimal? Anybody know the proper term for this?), I don't think you are ever going to get EXACTLY 25 minutes.
 Posted by Brian Wainscott on 2003-09-18 13:42:17

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