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 Pill Puzzler (Posted on 2004-04-20)
You've been placed on a course of expensive medication in which you are to take one tablet of medicine A and one tablet of medicine B daily.

You must be careful that you take just one of each because taking more of either can have serious side effects. Taking an A without taking a B, or vice versa, can also be very serious, because they must be taken together in order to be effective. In summary, you must take exactly one of the A pills and one of the B pills at one time.

Therefore, you open up the A bottle, and you tap one A pill into your hand. You put that bottle aside and you open the B bottle. You do the same, but by mistake, two Bs fall into your hand with the A pill.

Now, here's the problem. You weren't watching your hand as the pills fell into it, so you can't tell the A pill apart from the two B pills. The pills look identical. They are the same size, same weight, same color, same everything, and they are not marked differently in any way. What are you going to do? You cannot tell which pill is which, and you cannot afford to throw them away and start over again.

How do you get your daily dose of exactly one A and exactly one B without wasting any of the pills?

 See The Solution Submitted by Popstar Dave Rating: 2.6667 (15 votes)

 Subject Author Date Deadly Advice? Joshua 2011-09-02 20:29:11 siimple solution... if i read the problem right... Brandon 2005-07-12 18:40:37 re(2): Pill puzzler: Solution, I think? Lisa 2004-04-27 18:10:28 No Subject Billy Bob 2004-04-23 18:18:29 Pill puzzler solution ida 2004-04-22 14:58:20 pill puzzel john turner 2004-04-22 12:27:30 re: Pill puzzler: Solution, I think? Eddie 2004-04-22 10:47:21 just my opinion..? Damien 2004-04-22 04:54:39 Maybe... simone 2004-04-21 18:24:59 re(2): No Subject to be improved Ady TZIDON 2004-04-21 14:52:06 re: No Subject Brian Wainscott 2004-04-21 14:12:58 i think i got it kibibi 2004-04-21 03:44:03 Like skateboarding.... john 2004-04-20 21:43:07 No Subject Gamer 2004-04-20 18:57:16 re(3): Two, no One other method, no count count Lisa 2004-04-20 18:21:45 re(2): Two, no One other method, no count count Larry 2004-04-20 17:15:11 re: Two other methods, no chop chop >>BACK TO chop chop Ady TZIDON 2004-04-20 17:09:39 re: Two other methods, no chop chop Lisa 2004-04-20 16:53:26 Pill puzzler: Solution, I think? Lisa 2004-04-20 16:45:46 Two other methods, no chop chop Larry 2004-04-20 16:36:36 re(3): Stay well and better Ady TZIDON 2004-04-20 14:32:34 re(2): Stay well Charlie 2004-04-20 13:43:02 re: Solution Scott 2004-04-20 13:33:39 re: Stay well Scott 2004-04-20 13:30:24 Solution sassy 2004-04-20 12:45:51 Stay well Ady TZIDON 2004-04-20 11:29:06 Mix it up! e.g. 2004-04-20 10:45:59

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