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Systems Architect Interview

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If you have a sock drawer with 50 red socks and 50 blue socks, what is the maximum number of socks you can take out of the drawer so that you have 1 pair of socks.

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When I answered this question, I said, the "maximum" number of socks is 100 and you will have 1 pair, as well as 49 other pairs. The answer they want is 3 socks, to the question they meant to ask "What is the least amount of socks you have to take out to guarantee at least 1 pair?" but they did not word the question right.

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