The owner of one of ’s most desirable
apartments had four equal, sealed bids after listing
it in the spring . The owner decided to sell to the
bidder who could solve the following problem: There were
three light switches outside in the hallway that lit
three different lamps inside the apartment’s foyer.
The door was closed and there were no windows in the
hallway so there was no way of seeing which switch
turned on which lamp . The owner allowed each
bidder to enter the foyer only once to determine which
switch turned on which lamp . One of the bidders
immediately called her accountant who
gave her the solution and she became the proud owner of
the classic junior six. How’d she do it?
2011 Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
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