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Two sets of Coins (Posted on 2005-10-07) Difficulty: 2 of 5
You have two sets of five coins. Each set has four real 30g coins and one 31g fake coin. It is easy to find the fake coins using a balance scale a total of four times, two weighings for each set.

Can you find a strategy which uses only three weighings?

See The Solution Submitted by Brian Smith    
Rating: 3.5000 (2 votes)

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While drinking my morning coffee I read through my "solution" a second time and immediately saw the flaw in the statement that "If these coins balance the not replaced coin on the right side is fake" I had failed to take into consideration that the initial comparison could have compared only real coins.  At age 75 I should know better than to rely on my short-term memory.  In the future I will resort to pen and paper to diagram my solutions, and hopefully remedy this sort of error, before submitting another "solution".
  Posted by Deep,Dark&Dummy on 2006-01-10 06:33:09
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