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New/Unsolved Problems: Math Stinger #164
Let ABC be an isosceles triangle with vertex angle A. Let E and D be points on AC and AB so that AE = ED = DC = CB. Find angle A.

What happens if you generalize the "chain" of four equal segments AE = ED = DC = CB to an n equal-segment chain?

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Math Stinger #163
A 2023 survey found that U.S. teenagers spent an average of 4.8 hours on social media platforms every day, with girls spending an average of 5.3 hours compared to 4.4 hours for boys. Find the ratio of girls to boys who participated in the survey. Justify your answer.

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Math Stinger #162
For any prime number p > 5, consider the sequence p - 1, p - 4, p - 9, p - 16, . . .  . Is it true that there are two terms of this sequence, both greater than 1, such that one divides the other? Justify your answer.

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Math Stinger #154
A piece of paper is divided into four rectangles as shown below. It is clear that the one at the bottom-left corner has the largest area and the one at the top-right corner has the smallest area. Without making measurements, how can we decide which of the other two rectangles has the larger area?

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Math Stinger #153
There are 6 students, each has an item of gossip known only to himself/herself. Whenever a student calls another, they exchange all items of gossip they know. What is the minimal number of calls they have to make in order to ensure that very one of them knows all the gossip there is to know? Justify your answer.

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Math Stinger #161
We have three cardboard isosceles right triangles of unequal sizes. No markings of any kind are allowed. You may overlap the triangles. Is it possible to locate the midpoint of the hypotenuse of the smallest triangle? How about the midpoint of the non-hypotenuse side of the smallest triangle? Justify your answers.

Math Stinger #160
A fair coin is tossed eleven times. Find the probability that two heads do not appear in succession.

Math Stinger #159
Find all positive integers which are one more than the sum of the squares of their base ten digits. For example, 35 = 1 + 32 + 52.

Math Stinger #158
Is it possible to place four black unit circles and three white unit circles on the plane so that the white circles cannot move to other positions while staying on the plane, if the black circles are fixed in their position? Justify your answer.

Math Stinger #157
A strike force is to be selected from a row of eleven agents. It is known that three of them have special abilities. It is not known who they are, except that they are evenly spaced in the row. Find, with justification, the minimum number of agents we need to pick so that at least one agent with special abilities is included.

Math Stinger #156
Your calculator is not working properly - it cannot perform multiplication. But it can add and subtract any two numbers. It can also compute x-1 and x2 of any number x. Can you nevertheless use this defective calculator to multiply two numbers?

Math Stinger #155
In a math class, 21% of the students get an A and 81% of those A students are part-time students. Among part-time students, 31% of them do not get an A. What percentage of the whole class are part-time students?

Math Stinger #152
Without using any calculator or computer, determine (with justification) which of the following two quantities 1.0000000001 + 1 / 1.0000000001 or 0.9999999999 + 1 / 0.9999999999 is bigger?

Math Stinger #151
Going at top speed, Grand Prix driver x leads his rival y by a steady three miles.  Only two miles from the finish, x runs out of fuel.  Thereafter x's deceleration is proportional to the square of his remaining velocity, and, in the next mile, his speed exactly halves.  Who wins, and why?

Math Stinger #150
Let us assume that a given pair of people either know each other or are strangers.  If six people enter a room, show that there must be either three people who know each other pairwise or three people who are pairwise strangers.

Math Stinger #148
For two given positive integers n and k, how many different sequences of positive integers a1 ≤ a2 ≤ a3 ≤ ... ≤ ak are there in which ak ≤ n?

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