# lateral thinking problem...

genius
Posers and Puzzles 28 Jan '03 16:23
1. genius
Wayward Soul
28 Jan '03 16:23
There are 100 coins placed on the table. 90 with heads facing up and 10 with tails facing up. There is a blind man who obivously cannot see which coins have heads on top. Nor can he make out by feeling the coins. He has been asked to divide the coins into two parts with each part having equal number of heads. How will he do it?

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2. Acolyte
28 Jan '03 17:15
Presumably he knows there are 10 coins that are tails up, in which case he splits the coins into two parts, one with 90 coins and the other with 10. Then he flips every coin in the larger part over.
3. belgianfreak
stitching you up
28 Jan '03 20:35
he splits both piles how he likes. Each coin still has a head, whether it is up or not...

sorry, I know Acolytes answer was probably correct. I just didn't understand it ðŸ˜³
4. Acolyte
29 Jan '03 19:55
We know there are 10 tails all together, so let's say there are exactly n tails in the larger part and 10 - n tails in the smaller part. But that means there are n HEADS in the smaller part, as it has 10 coins in total. When the blind man then turns all the coins in the larger part over, he turns heads into tails and tails into heads. Therefore there are now exactly n heads in the larger part, the same as in the smaller part. ðŸ˜€
5. genius
Wayward Soul
31 Jan '03 13:44
yeah-he's right. it also works by just taking 10 coins and turning them over, but i'd work with turning 90 over as well...

G
6. Acolyte
31 Jan '03 15:05
Originally posted by genius
yeah-he's right. it also works by just taking 10 coins and turning them over, but i'd work with turning 90 over as well...

G
How does it work turning 10 coins over?
7. genius
Wayward Soul
02 Feb '03 21:58
same as with 90, just the opposite effect. 100 coins, 10 are heads. u take 10 random coins, say 6 heads and 4 tails. that means that there are 4 heads and 86 tails in the other bundle, flip the first bundle and u have 4 heads and 6 tails-that's 4 heads in each bundle!

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8. Acolyte
02 Feb '03 23:27
Originally posted by genius
same as with 90, just the opposite effect. 100 coins, 10 are heads. u take 10 random coins, say 6 heads and 4 tails. that means that there are 4 heads and 86 tails in the other bundle, flip the first bundle and u have 4 heads and 6 tails-that's 4 heads in each bundle!

G
Of course. But the original problem had 90 heads and 10 tails. I couldn't think of any solutions other than the one I used.
9. genius
Wayward Soul
06 Feb '03 15:55
i meant when you flip the 90 coins, as opposed to only 10...
10. ChessNut
Lightly Salted...
06 Feb '03 20:47
He asks his friend to do it! DUH!!ðŸ˜‰