### Brainteasers

#### Compiled by Julianne Scibetta, University at Albany

Here are some entertaining brain twisters and teasers for all of you out there
who need a holiday break.

- Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their
room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is $25 and gives $5
to the bellboy to return to the people. On the way to the room the bellboy
reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets
$2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1.
So they paid $9 each, totaling $27. The bellboy has $2, totaling $29. Where
is the missing $1?
- Would you rather a crocodile attack you or an alligator?
- Well, it's not quite Sudoku…

Tree-Tent is a logical game in which your mission is to locate all of the tents
in the grid. Each tree is exactly connected to only one tent. A tent can be
found in a horizontally or vertically adjacent square of a tree. Tents are never
placed adjacent to each other, neither vertical, horizontal, nor diagonal. The
numbers outside the grid give the total number of tents in the corresponding
row or column. A tree might be next to two tents, but is only connected to one,
and vice versa.

Games 1 and 2 from ZVTU. Game 3 from Yooki Ltd.

Email your answers to Julianne (jscibetta3@hotmail.com)
before January 1, 2006!