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 Puzzle ID: #18055 Fun: (2.36) Difficulty: (2.85) Category: Logic Submitted By: mad-ade Corrected By: dalfamnest

It has a private race track that has five lanes.
Uncle Rich has 25 horses and wishes to know which are the three fastest.
What is the least number of races needed to be run to find the answer?
Note that it is only the ranking of the horses being found not the actual timings.

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 jimbo Jun 29, 2004 Cute logic. Nice puzzle badly worded. It should say that they cannot be timed, not just merely that we do not need to know the times. Otherwise the answer would be a boring 5 timed races. Incidentally I was skeptical of the given answer until I drew a matrix. Isn't it lovely how logic can make obvious what plain commonsense sometimes refuses to grasp. mad-ade Jun 29, 2004 It does say in the question that the horses are not timed, just their rankings are taken into consideration. horse_luver Jul 05, 2004 How many racetracks have only 5 lanes???? At most racetracks, any less than 4-5 competitors and a race won't even be run! Otherwise, a good teaser... a little easy though... mad-ade Jul 05, 2004 they do things a little differently in Madadia... I_am_the_Omega Jul 13, 2004 I still don't get why it wasn't only 6 races... first five, you take the fastest from each.... and put them into the sixth... that's only 5 horses left in that race, and you take the top three?? miyukina Dec 14, 2005 omega, what u should understand is that even the last horse from winner's 1st round MIGHT be faster than the runner-up in the 2nd round...btw, another great teaser hakken! bfriedfischtom Apr 18, 2008 Great one. Here how I came to the solution: In the following schema we assume we make all the races and then retrospectively put numbers on them the match the order. First 5 races the results: 01-02-03-04-05 05-07-08-09-10 11-12-13-14-15 16-17-18-19-20 21-22-23-24-25 #6:Now the winners race result: 01-05-11-16-21 From all of the above, only the following could still be on the list. 01-02-03 05-07 11 01 for sure is the total winner, thus we can make a race with the other 5 #7 02-03-05-07-11 this even gives the exact order (which was not asked for)