Can You Solve The Cigarette Miser Puzzle?

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The cigarette miser problem from Presh Talwalkar seems obvious, but is a little trickier under the surface. Here is the cigarette miser logic puzzle: A miser can make 1 cigarette from 5 cigarette butts. What is the most number of cigarettes the miser can make from 1,000 cigarette butts? Watch the video below to see how this is solved, and scroll down to get the answer.


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The answer to this problem is 249 cigarettes. Watch the video above to learn how it's solved.