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 Magic Rods (Posted on 2003-11-11)
You need to make a set of five rods for a magic trick, with numbers on them ranging from 1 to 31 inclusive. Then you ask people to pick a number and show you only the top number of whatever rods it is on. From that you have to guess which number the person picked. This has to be done within a few seconds and isn't a matter of remembering what numbers are on them.

What numbers should be on each of the five rods?

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Rod 1
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

Rod 2
2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18,19, 22, 23, 26,27, 30, 31

Rod 3
4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31

Rod 4
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Rod 5
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

The top numbers should be the FIRST one in each list...

The first number is 2^(x-1) (where x is the number of the rod), and all the numbers on each rod contain that first numbered bit when expressed in base 2 (binary).

Edited on November 11, 2003, 1:44 pm
 Posted by SilverKnight on 2003-11-11 13:42:45

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