Does anyone know the 'red and white socks in a bag' question, that I have heard that has been asked on interviews? Can someone fill in the blanks? Thanks Also if anyone has any others that would greatly appreciated.

Is that the one... "You have a mixture of red and white socks in a bag. What is the minimum number of socks you would have to pull out to be sure of getting a matching pair?" [This looks like a "chit chat" forum thread.]

There are 10 socks of each of the following colors in a drawer: blue, green, red, yellow & white, for a total of 50 socks. If the socks are randomly distributed in the drawer (i.e. not in pairs or any other grouping), & you are blindfolded, what is the minimum number socks you must draw from the drawer in order to be certain you have at least 2 socks of the same color?

"to be sure of getting a matching pair", I presumed this means the odds are 100%? if it is the case, then you'll have to get all the white socks out, and what is left inside the bag are only red socks? Cheers!!

Whether it's two different colors or five different colors the number of socks you need to pull out is one more than the number of colors. The extra sock is sure to match one of the others.