Puzzle of the week

How can you construct a plane where every point is coloured either black or white such that two points of the same colour are never a unit distance apart?


Previous puzzle

Alex and Bob work as financial advisors for the same company. They draw equal salaries from the company. They behave well at the office. Both work on similar assignments. Each assignment requires a yes-no decision. The company uses the decisions made by them to make profits.

After the recession hit the company very badly, one of them has to be fired. Both Alex and Bob have worked on almost the same number of assignments in the last ten years. Alex has been consistently taking about 80% decisions correctly every year. Bob, on the other hand, has been taking only about 5% correct decisions every year.

Assuming that the performances of Alex and Bob would remain the same in future, who should the company fire to maximize its profits in the years to come? Why?


Random puzzle from the past

There is a 200-storey building. You are given 5 identical glass marbles. You are allowed to drop any marble from any floor to the ground. A marble either breaks or remains intact after a drop. If it remains intact, the marble can be reused.

In the worst case, what is the minimum number of drops needed to find the highest floor in the building from which you can drop the marbles without breaking them?


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