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## The Messy Girl

Probability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.

 Puzzle ID: #748 Fun: (2.34) Difficulty: (1.29) Category: Probability Submitted By: rkb-1961 Corrected By: lifeisgood812

A messy girl had 24 socks in the drawer at her bedroom. There are 6 pairs of red socks, 5 pairs of green socks, and 1 pair of blue ones, but all the socks are mixed up. One night she wanted to go out and went to her bedroom for a pair of socks. As she turned on the light, the lamp didn't work, so she had to find her socks in complete darkness.

What's the smallest number of socks she had to take downstairs to be sure to have a matching pair?

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 spstinger Feb 15, 2002 This answer is incorrect, she could have 4 white socks, she needs at least seven brain_crusher Feb 15, 2002 It was confusing at first, I got lost in the information... Captbob61 Mar 20, 2002 sp stinger.... What? think_about_it13 Apr 02, 2002 if you have four white socks u would have a pair... duh... chamber44 May 17, 2002 spstinger is wrong. Good puzzle. im_para_noid Jun 08, 2002 I think she could take two. If she grabbed the same pair of socks, she would have a pair andy1608 Jun 21, 2002 This whole problem is just a reminder to keep your socks bound in pairs, in case of a blackout. george1978 Aug 01, 2002 But in the Question there is never any mention of white socks cheshirecatgirl Oct 13, 2002 hello! you didnt mention that the socks weren't paired up because, then if like you stated them as a pair. making her to only have to chose 1 pair. electronjohn Dec 03, 2002 I_am_para_noid is wrong. If she took only two socks she might have a matching pair but she would not be "sure" of having a matching pair which is what the question states. Great question. I was going to post it if it was not already here. PhilDunphy Mar 20, 2003 Good teaser, almost caught me out bluetwo May 07, 2004 eh, forget about colors... i go by thickness... Anupriya9 Oct 03, 2004 Great teaser! If they were toe-socks, you would have a different answer though mr_brainiac Jan 29, 2006 If she's messy, she's probably pretty lazy too. She most likey wouldn't want to have to pull out any more socks than she had to (such hard work) or even care if they were mismatched. If she took out only 2 socks, she'd still have better than a 40% chance of having a match, which would probably be acceptable odds for such a slug. If she can fit both feet into one sock and hop around like a pogo stick, she could get by with only 1 sock, which is certainly bound to be a match. (Pardon the wise cracks, I'm just being a doofus.) Good old standard puzzle though, I enjoyed it. YVAU Mar 07, 2006 Nice and easy, the way I like them. I go by smell personally. Or I just wear very long pants hence removing the need for matching socks. Boots work well too.