[Kc] Alternative to February's Puzzle: 100 Monkey's Redux

Garrett Goebel garrett at scriptpro.com
Mon Feb 17 09:46:37 CST 2003

Oops... that's what I get for posting before finishing the first cup of
coffee. I mixed up the part about which balls couldn't be in the black jar
and white jar. Let's try this again:

February's deceptively simple sounding puzzle is turning out to be
incredibly difficult. -At least for me. And since my objective in presenting
these puzzles is to put something out that both novice and expert coders can
find interesting... I'm going to offer an alterative puzzle for the random
drawing.  Here goes:

There are 3 jars. A black jar, a white jar, and a black-and-white jar. Each
jar is filled with either black and/or white balls. The black jar can not
contain black balls. Likewise the white jar cannot contain white balls, and
the mixed jar cannot contain mixed balls.
To determine the contents of each jar how many balls must you extract?

Garrett Goebel 
IS Development Specialist 
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Mission, KS 66202          Fax: 913.384.2180 
www.scriptpro.com          garrett at scriptpro dot com 
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