Wobbling Table

A perfectly symmetrical square 4-legged table is standing in a room with a continuous but uneven floor. Is it always possible to position the table in such a way that it doesn’t wobble, i.e. all four legs are touching the floor?

The answer is yes. Let the feet of the table clockwise are labeled with 1, 2, 3, 4 clockwise. Place the table in the room such that 3 of its feet – say 1, 2, 3, touch the ground. If foot 4 is on the ground, then the problem is solved. Otherwise, it is easy to see that we can not put it there if we keep legs 2 and 3 in the same places. Now start rotating the table clockwise, keeping feet 1, 2 and 3 on the ground at all times. If at some point foot 4 touches the ground as well, the problem is solved. Otherwise, continue rotating until foot 1 goes to the place where foot 2 was and foot 2 goes to the place where foot 3 was. Foot 3 will be on the ground, but this contradicts the observation that initially we couldn’t place legs 2, 3 and 4 on the ground without replacing feet 2 and 3.

Thank You!

A cowboy walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun instead and points it at the man. The man genuinely says “Thank you” and walks out.

What happened?

The cowboy had hiccups and needed water. The barman shocked him with his gun instead and that cured the hiccups.

11×11 Grid

All integer numbers between 1 and 121 are written in the cells of a square grid with size 11 by 11. Then the product of the numbers in every row and the product of the numbers in every column are calculated. Is it possible that the set of all 11 column products coincides with the set of all 11 row-products?

No, it is not possible. There are 13 prime number between 61 and 121. Since there are only 11 rows, two of them, X and Y, appear in the same row. Now that row is divisible by XY, but clearly, no column is divisible by that number.

Athletics Competition

An athletics competition, organized periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 runner-ups, and an indeterminate number of third places. If 50 cans of drink are served for refreshment, how many policemen are needed to keep order?

Source: Puzzling StackExchange

The numbers are references to elements in the periodic table. 79 is the number of Gold, 47 is the number of Silver, 50 is the number of Tin, and Bronze is not in the periodic table. Since 29 is the number of Copper, it should be the correct answer.