Fruit Basket Puzzle Fruit Basket Puzzle

The Fruit basket puzzle comes under basic puzzles being asked in the interview.

Puzzle

Fruit Basket Puzzle
There are 3 baskets. One basket has apples 🍎 only, one has oranges 🍊 only and the other has mixture of apples and oranges 🍎🍊. All the three baskets have wrong labels on it that means if basket is labelled as ORANGES, it is having either mixture or apples. You have to pick only one fruit from any of the one basket and correctly label all the three baskets.

How do you do it?

Think for a while before looking at the solution.

Solution

Pick a fruit from the one labeled MIXTURE which have two possible outcomes:-

  • If that fruit is orange then correct label for this basket is ORANGES. The one which is fake labelled as APPLES must be either ORANGES or MIXTURE. Since we have already found our ORANGES basket. APPLES basket is actually a MIXTURE and the one fake labelled as ORANGES is APPLES.

    Fake LabelCorrect Label
    MIXTUREORANGES
    APPLESMIXTURE
    ORANGESAPPLES
  • If that fruit is apple then correct label for this basket is APPLES. The one which is fake labelled as ORANGES must be either APPLES or MIXTURE. Since we have already found our APPLES basket. ORANGES basket is actually a MIXTURE and the one fake labelled as APPLES is ORANGES.

    Fake LabelCorrect Label
    MIXTUREAPPLES
    ORANGESMIXTURE
    APPLESORANGES