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Gloves (Posted on 2004-06-03) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Sharon has a number of pairs of gloves of identical design, but of several (at least three) different colors. She has at least three pairs of each color. In the dark she can distinguish the handedness of a glove, but not its color. Unfortunately, she keeps the gloves jumbled up in a drawer in an unlit cellar.

Sharon knows that if she takes out 21 gloves, in the dark, she can be sure of getting at least one pair.

What is the maximum number of pairs of gloves that she could have?

See The Solution Submitted by Brian Smith    
Rating: 4.1667 (6 votes)

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  Subject Author Date
answerK Sengupta2007-11-23 05:02:29
re(2): Shame on me!---29 pairs - woo hoo!Danny2004-06-05 17:44:45
re: Shame on me! - hmmmmSilverKnight2004-06-05 00:02:01
Some Thoughtsre: Shame on me!---29 pairsTristan2004-06-04 20:42:08
Shame on me!Brian Smith2004-06-04 20:06:36
Question2 questions to BrianDanny2004-06-04 16:14:46
sweetCory Taylor2004-06-04 14:27:51
re(3): Different solution?np_rt2004-06-04 12:12:27
re(2): Better than 28.Brian Smith2004-06-04 08:30:36
re(2): Better than 28. - why not get a flashlight?Danny2004-06-04 00:18:39
re(4): huh? - I'm still right! :-)Danny2004-06-04 00:10:11
Solutionre: Better than 28.Richard2004-06-03 23:26:28
Better than 28.Brian Smith2004-06-03 21:48:20
No Subjectbecca2004-06-03 21:10:26
My opinionTristan2004-06-03 20:18:22
re(3): Solution?Charlie2004-06-03 19:30:29
Some ThoughtsWhy 10,000 gloves isn't the answer...Erik2004-06-03 19:21:25
re(3): huh?Erik2004-06-03 19:16:05
re(4): huh?nikki2004-06-03 18:19:20
re(3): huh?Brian Smith2004-06-03 18:12:08
re(2): huh?Danny2004-06-03 18:03:49
Some ThoughtsMaximum number of colors and some other stuff...Erik2004-06-03 17:26:24
re: huh?Erik2004-06-03 17:00:22
huh?Danny2004-06-03 15:32:16
re(2): Solution?Danny2004-06-03 15:29:56
re(2): Different solution?Charlie2004-06-03 15:22:53
re: Different solution?np_rt2004-06-03 14:56:40
re: Solution?Charlie2004-06-03 09:22:54
Different solution?Jer2004-06-03 09:21:01
SolutionSolution?Erik2004-06-03 08:46:25
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