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Pizza in the Time of Cholera

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.


Puzzle ID:#49499
Fun:*** (2.75)
Difficulty:* (1.1)
Submitted By:JimShorts*us****




I brought my lunch to work with me today: two square slices of pizza sealed in one small square Tupperware container. The slices just barely fit in the container, stacked one on top of the other. I want to microwave them both at the same time (because I'm lazy), but if the cheese side of either slice is touching the other slice of pizza, or the inner surface of the container, then the cheese will get stuck to whatever it's touching when it melts. And the crust is pretty soft, so the pizza slices will flop over and be ruined if I don't lay them flat.

The problem is, everyone else at work is horribly sick, so I don't trust ANYthing to be clean enough to touch my food except the inside of my container, since it has been sealed all day. No plates, no paper towels, not the inside of the microwave, NOTHING! So how can I safely microwave both slices of pizza at the same time without letting the cheese touch anything, and without letting any part of the pizza touch any surface that might be contaminated?


Leave one slice in the container and take the second slice out. Turn the lid of the container upside down and lay the second slice on top of the nice, clean inner surface of the lid.

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Jun 07, 2012

Very clever. Never thought of that.
Jun 11, 2012

That was very well-thought out! I loved the "voice" of it. Specifically so when you listed the "contaminated" surfaces you didn't trust to put your pizza on. The solution was also smart. I kind of skimmed the bit that it was in a tupperware container, which happened to be the key to the whole thing... Anyhow, thanks for writing!!!
Jun 12, 2012

OOOOHHHH, I was thinking stand them up on their edges inside the container, but then I realized they would flop over because the walls of th container weren't tall enough for them to lean against. But anyway, very creative and clever teaser!
Jun 24, 2012

That was a no-brainer...but I'll definitely use it for my friends,to see how they think.
Nov 28, 2012

Flip the top slice over and eat it as a calzone?
Jan 18, 2013

Wow, i got this one..... Loved the presentation, especially "i am lazy" part. Lol
Feb 21, 2013

Nice job! I like the real-life aspect, although it was kind of easy. I can just picture some guy at the office doing this...was it a red tupperware?
May 25, 2013

I like that you talked like this was really happening as you wrote it. It took me a minute or two to figure out, but I got it on my first try so not really difficult but definitely fun...
Fun:3/3, diff1/3)
Oct 12, 2013

Hey can't we place one slice by rotating it by 45 degrees and supported on the rim of the container?? Let the other one remain inside.
Oct 15, 2013

Kanish, it looks like he already thought of that.

Did you see the sentence in the teaser that said "And the crust is pretty soft, so the pizza slices will flop over and be ruined if I don't lay them flat."

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