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Mr. Ambrose And Mr. Bruford (Posted on 2006-03-26) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Mr. Ambrose and Mr. Bruford, two senior executives of a London based multinational organisation, embarked on a business tour during the course of the year 2003 A.D. to two of the branches of the organisation located in the capital cities of two different countries. The flag of the country visited by Mr.Ambrose included a blue trapezoid and a green trapezoid as two of its features while the flag of the country corresponding to the city visited by Mr. Bruford contained a purely red circle.

Immediately upon reaching the capital city of the host country, Mr. Ambrose reset his 24 hour wristwatch in accordance with the local time and observed that the date according to his watch was Pth day of the Qth month of 2003, where 2003 when divided separately by P and Q yielded a remainder of 3 in both the cases; both P and Q were greater than 3, and (P+Q) was divisible by 5. Furthermore, it was a FRIDAY according to his watch.

After reaching his hotel room, when it was precisely (x^2) Hours according to his watch, Mr. Ambrose contacted Mr. Bruford for an urgent matter whereby he learnt that the time according to Mr. Bruford's 24 Hour electronic wristwatch (which was also reset in accordance with the local time) at the same instant was exactly ((5/4)*x² +2) hours.

Later during the same day, after returning from an important business meeting to his hotel room, Mr.Ambrose's watch displayed exactly ((5/4)*x²+2) Hours when Mr. Ambrose contacted Mr.Bruford for the second time to discuss the outcome of their respective business meetings; Mr. Bruford's response included the fact that the time by his watch was exactly x Hours.

What cities were visited by Mr. Ambrose and Mr.Bruford? What was the date and time according to their respective wristwatches when Mr. Ambrose contacted Mr. Bruford for the second time?

Note: This problem is based on the global political scenario prevailing in 2003 A.D.

See The Solution Submitted by K Sengupta    
Rating: 1.5000 (2 votes)

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(In reply to No Subject by Dej Mar)

While your final solution agrees with mine, I think you can eliminate some possibilities earlier if you re-evaluate your definition of a trapezoid.  I always thought it meant a 4-sided polygon with 2 and only 2 parallel sides.  The flags of both Gambia and Sierra Leone have blue and green rectangles (is a rectangle considered a trapezoid?) - Djibouti's flag is the only one that fits the stricter definition.

Also, I interpreted the note at the end of the puzzle to mean that the capitals and flags involved were "as of" 2003 (since these things can change so frequently in these modern times), not that the puzzle situation had anything to do with a global political event, which saved me the trouble of looking them up. :-)  But maybe I misinterpreted that part.  Either way, I'm pretty confident that Tokyo and Djibouti is the correct solution.


  Posted by tomarken on 2006-03-26 19:25:00
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