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CAT Introduction to Analytical Puzzles - Practice Questions & MCQ

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At the Happily Tipsy Bar, the chief bar-tender, after a lot of experimentation found out that Vodka, White Rum, Gin and Tequila if mixed in different concentrations can create four very exciting cocktails which he named as the Teqnical, the Hard Haddock, the Fiery Ginie and the Russian Heat. The respective percentage alcohol concentrations of the cocktails are provided in the chart below. 

He priced them at Rs 160, Rs 400, Rs 320 and Rs 240 per single peg respectively. On specific orders from customers, he was ready to mix two or more drinks in the ratio as fancied by the customer.

Alcohol Vodka White Rum Gin Tequila
Cocktail
TEQNICAL 18 32 8 42
HARD HADDOCK 8 42 32 18
FIERY GINIE 9 27 37 27
RUSSIAN HEAT 42 13 37 8

Question :

A customer at the Happily Tipsy Bar asks for a peg of a drink with a single portion each of Teqnical, Fiery Ginie and Russian Heat, and a double portion of Hard Haddock. What will be the minimum integral ratio of the percentage contents of Vodka, White Rum, Gin and Tequila in that drink ? 

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Introduction to Analytical Puzzles

Analytical Puzzles are a challenging but fascinating component of data interpretation that require you to solve complex problems by applying logical and deductive reasoning. These puzzles often involve arranging information, making deductions, and finding solutions to intricate scenarios.

Key Concepts in Analytical Puzzles:

  • Scenario: Analytical Puzzles present a unique scenario or problem that requires careful analysis and problem-solving.
  • Clues: Clues or pieces of information are provided to help you deduce the correct solution. These clues may be explicit or require you to make inferences.

Interpreting Analytical Puzzles:

  • Analytical Puzzles scenarios require you to read, analyze, and synthesize the provided information, often in the form of clues, in order to arrive at a logical solution.

Example Analytical Puzzle:

Let's delve into a detailed example of an Analytical Puzzle to illustrate these concepts:

Scenario: The Zebra Puzzle This classic analytical puzzle involves five houses, each of a different color. Each house's owner has a distinct nationality, pet, favorite drink, and cigarette brand. The goal is to determine who owns the pet zebra.

Clues:

  • The Englishman lives in the red house.
  • The Spaniard owns the dog.
  • Coffee is drunk in the green house.
  • The Ukrainian drinks tea.
  • The green house is immediately to the right of the ivory house.
  • The Old Gold smoker owns snails.
  • Kools are smoked in the yellow house.
  • Milk is drunk in the middle house.
  • The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  • The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
  • Kools are smoked in the house next to the house with the horse.
  • The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice.
  • The Japanese smokes Parliaments.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Logical Question: Who owns the zebra?

Answer: By systematically applying the clues and eliminating possibilities, you can deduce the following:

  • The Norwegian lives in the first (leftmost) house.
  • The blue house is next to the Norwegian's house.
  • The red house is next to the green house.
  • The Englishman lives in the red house.
  • The Spaniard owns the dog.
  • Coffee is drunk in the green house.
  • The Ukrainian drinks tea.
  • Milk is drunk in the middle house.
  • The green house is to the right of the ivory house.
  • The Old Gold smoker owns snails.
  • Kools are smoked in the yellow house.
  • The man who smokes Chesterfields lives next to the man with the fox.
  • Kools are smoked next to the house with the horse.
  • The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice.
  • The Japanese smokes Parliaments.
  • The only option left for the zebra is the Norwegian.

Conclusion: Analytical Puzzles challenge your ability to apply logical reasoning and deduction to solve complex problems. These puzzles require careful analysis of provided information and the application of logical rules to arrive at solutions. Proficiency in analytical puzzles enhances your problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities, making them valuable for various analytical and decision-making contexts.

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