Question

Dear Mitch,

You mentioned you'd have one of your "super-challenge" problems for Thanksgiving.

Is it coming?

From,

Fred

Answer

Dear Fred,

Yes it is; in fact, here it is:

**A series of weighings is shown below. **

**All items on the scales are small toys to be used as decorations for a Thanksgiving party. There are four different kinds of toys - toy 'drumsticks', toy 'turkey platters', toy 'Pilgrim hats', and toy figures of a 'Native American'.**

**Going from top to bottom, the first three scales (scale A, scale B, and scale C) are balanced and complete. But the fourth scale (scale D) is not.**

**After taking a careful look at the scales below and analyzing the information they provide, try to problem-solve to figure out how many toy turkey platters must be put on the empty side of scale D in order to form a balance with the left-hand side of that scale, which, as depicted in the ilustration, is weighed down by just one toy drumstick? **

**(Good luck; this is definitely one of those problems that most people find more challenging than they initially think it will be!) **

Enjoy,

Mitch