5 More Art Cashin Brain Teasers That Will Drive You Crazy

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A highlight from this week’s Cashin’s Comments included some trader chatter about artificial intelligence in the stock markets. While some are still dwelling on that theory, others are spending their time thinking about Cashin’s weekly trivia questions.

As many of you already know, Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, is known for his daily letter Cashin’s Comments, but he’s also known for putting a piece of trivia at the end of every letter.  

The brain teasers are a lot of fun and we always look forward to learning the answer the following day. (Google is for cheaters)

So once again we’ve decided to share with you the 5 trivia questions from this week’s Cashin’s Comments.  We put the answer on each subsequent slide.

We kick things off with the answer to last Friday’s question.

Good luck!  

Last Friday's Question

A capital idea - again - We learned that you memorized the state capitals in grammar school. So, you should be able to answer this without looking anything up. There are four state capitals with the word city in their names (ala New York City). What are these cities and their states?

Source: Cashin's Comments

Last Friday's Answer

The state capitals with 'City' in their names are: Jefferson City (Missouri); Carson City (Nevada); Oklahoma City (Oklahoma); Salt Lake City (Utah).

Source: Cashin's Comments

Monday's Question

OK so the numbers are too easy, huh? What three numbers give the same result when they are added as when they are multiplied?

Source: Cashin's Comments

Monday's Answer

The three numbers that come to the same result multiplied or added are 1, 2, 3.

Source: Cashin's Comments

Tuesday's Question

What would be the missing number in each series:

A) 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, __

B) 1, 2, __, 15, 52.5, 210, 945

C) __, 8, 5, 9, 4, 10, 3, 11

(Hint: It's not easy - each rule different)

Source: Cashin's Comments

Tuesday's Answer

The missing numbers are:

A) 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 18, (add 1, then add 2, etc);

B) 1, 2, 5, 15, 52.5, 210, 945 (times 2, then 2.5, then 3, etc.);

C) 6, 8, 5, 9, 4, 10, 3, 11 (+2, -3, +4, -5, etc.)

Source: Cashin's Comments

Wednesday's Question

What state capital is highest above sea level? (Think again -it's not the one most folks guess.)

Source: Cashin's Comments

Wednesday's Answer

Despite Denver being the 'mile high city', the honour of highest capital belongs to Santa Fe, New Mexico at almost 7000 feet above sea level.

Source: Cashin's Comments

Thursday's Question

I'm thinking of two numbers. When you multiply them, the result is a one digit number. When you add them, the result is a two digit number. What are these two numbers?

Source: Cashin's Comments

Thursday's Answer

The two numbers are 1 and 9.

Source: Cashin's Comments

Friday's Question

(For those who think it's been too easy lately.) Here's a puzzle I was given the year before I became an NYSE member (thus a very old puzzle). In a small town, an elder gent goes to the bank to cash a refund check. He chats so much with the teller that neither one notices that she swaps the dollars for the cents (e.g. $5.10 becomes $10.05). He pockets the money and on the walk home gives 5¢ to a neighbour's kid. Once home he realises that after deducting the 5¢ he now has exactly twice the amount of the original check. What was the amount on the original check?? (Most of this is logical.)

You'll have to come back next week for the answer.

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