Here's a good brain teaser to give you some entertainment for the new year.
You have 12 balls, identical in every way except that one of them has a different weight from all the others. You also have a balance scale. In 3 rounds, in each of which you can compare the weights of any 2 groups of balls, you have to ascertain which is the ball with the different weight and whether this ball is heavier or lighter than the other balls.
This is not a trick question in any way. I solved part of this puzzle after I got a significant hint. I wish I had tried a bit harder to solve it by myself, but it's too late now. If you want a hint, you can email me, but you'll feel greater satisfaction if you solve it by yourself.
Happy new year!