Answer to Puzzle Contest (from the winner):
"37-1/2 minutes - the candle has a life of 50 minutes if lit at a single end, to burn 1/2 would be 25 minutes and then divided by half for the two ends would be 12-1/2 minutes. Add the two together to find the answer."
Puzz's Explanation: For each end burning, 2% of the candle is consumed for each minute it burns. With 2 ends burning, it is thus burning 4% per minute. With both ends burning, 50% will be consumed in 12.5 minutes. Then, it will take 25 more minutes to consume the rest with only 50% remaining.
Devinder Singh also included the following with his answer, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it (you kids are goofy, and that's why I love ya):
My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But ah my foes
And oh my friends
It gives a lovely light!
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay
Winner: Diane Cizunas, IL
Contest Statistics: Newsletter sent to 318537 subscribers, 35 answers submitted, 28 answers correct, 80.00% accuracy. Chance of a correct answer winning: 3.57%. The puzzles are about to get a touch harder.
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