Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/17/2014

Four children had a race. At the end of the race
four statements were made:

Robert: I didn't come in first or last
David: I didn't come in last
Melissa: I was first
Bailey: I was last
You know that one, and only one, of the children
didn't tell the truth. Who won the race?
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/16/2014

You want to send a valuable object to a friend. You have a box which is more than large enough to contain the object. You have several locks with keys. The box has a locking ring which is more than large enough to have a lock attached. But your friend does not have the key to any lock that you have. Note that you cannot send a key in an unlocked box, since it might be copied. How is this done?
Solution
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/15/2014

In this puzzle, the answer to each of the first parts is reversed to give the answer to each of the second parts.

a. reverse a card game to cloth
b. reverse a feast to prize
c. invert feet to exchange
d. invert praise and get twofold
e. invert disposition for judgment
f. invert growths and get fodder
g. reverse a pace and get the favorites
h. invert a first appearance and get piped
i. reverse a certainty for fasteners
j. invert malice to exist
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/14/2014

A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs. As he is walking he meets someone who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. He walks a little further and meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg. At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg. How many eggs did the man have to start with?
Solution
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/13/2014

1. What number would logically come next in this sequence? 4 6 5 9 4 4 2 4 ?

2. Sally promised Kate today that she will tell Kate a big secret on the day before four days from the day after tomorrow. If today is Saturday the 13th, on what day and date will Sally tell Kate her big secret?

3. Two words, my answer is only two words. To keep me, you must give me.

4. If EELS + MARK + BEST + WARY = EASY
What does HELP + BARK + WARD + LEAD equal?
Solution

Brain Teaser 9/12/2014

1. What is the value of one-half of two-thirds of three-quarters of four-fifths of five-sixths of six-sevenths of seven-eighths of eight-ninths of nine-tenths of 30?

2. What number would logically come next in this sequence? 4 6 5 9 4 4 2 4 ?

3. There is a clothing store in Bartlesville. The owner has devised his own method of pricing items. A vest costs $20, socks cost $25, a tie costs $15 and a blouse costs $30. Using the method, how much would a pair of underwear cost?
Solution

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/11/2014

You are an expert on paranormal activity and have been hired to locate a spirit haunting an old resort hotel. Strong signs indicate that the spirit lies behind one of four doors. The inscriptions on each door read as follows:
Door A: It's behind B or C
Door B: It's behind A or D
Door C: It's in here
Door D: It's not in here
Your psychic powers have told you three of the inscriptions are false, and one is true. Behind which door will you find the spirit?
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/10/2014

It was the middle of the winter in Scandinavia, and the poor boy, sick with a cold, was lying in bed. He woke up in the night, but he knew that the night lasted from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 A.M. at that time of year. The boy wearily glanced at his clock and, thinking it said 4:42, buried his head back in the pillow. But as he fell asleep he realized he hadn't distinguished the hour hand from the minute hand. If it wasn't 4:42 in the morning, what other time (or times) could it have been?
Solution
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/9/2014

I am something that nothing is, but yet I have a name.
I am sometimes tall and sometimes short.
I join your talks; I join your sport,
And I play in every game.
What am I?
Solution
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/8/2014

Can you circle exactly four of these numbers such that the total is twelve?
1 6 1
6 1 6
1 6 1
6 1 6
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/7/2014

1. What is the four digit number in which the first digit is one-third the second, the third is the sum of the first two, and the last is three times the second?

2. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

3. A man gave one son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/6/2014

A man makes the following proposition to his friend: "I will let you flip a coin 20 times. Each time the coin lands on heads, I will give you $2.00. However, each time the coin lands on tails, you must give me $3.00." His friend flips the coin 20 times and the end result is that no money is to change hands. How many times did the coin land on heads?
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/5/2014

Your task is to change ONE letter in each of the following eight words to discover a common theme.

LOIN
STEAL
BILLET
FRYING
CLANK
LINE
CAKE
STEED
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/4/2014

A telephone conversation:
"Hello. Is this XYZ8765?"
"Yes. Who's that?"
"What? You don't recognize my voice? Why, my mother is your mother's mother-in-law."
What is the relationship of the speakers?
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/3/2014

Sabrina gave Samantha as many dollars as Samantha started out with. Samantha then gave Sabrina back as much as Sabrina had left. Sabrina then gave Samantha as back as many dollars as Samantha had left, which left Sabrina broke and gave Samantha a total of $80.00. How much did Sabrina and Samantha have at the beginning of their exchange?
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brain Teaser 9/2/2014

Halloween is only 2 months away so lets get a little Tricky!

1. What word, when written in capital letters, is the same forwards, backwards and up side down?

2. In Jamaica, if you drop a steel ball weighing five pounds from a height of 45 inches, will it fall more rapidly through water at 20 degrees Fahrenheit or water at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Or will it make no difference?
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/31/2014

1. It takes twelve one-cent stamps to make a dozen. How many four-cent stamps does it take to make a dozen?

2. There was a man climbing a ladder to somebody's house, to the nearest window. He broke into the house and took what was most precious to the family. He climbed down, and the police were there waiting for him. He returned what he took, and the police let him walk away. Why?
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/30/2014

These words follow a logical progression:
ACE
TAB
COG
ADD
EAR
RAF
GUT
UGH
IVY
TAJ
Which of these could be next?
KID - BOY - ASK - TOO
Solution

Brain Teaser 8/29/2014

"If some Smaugs are Thors and some Thors are Thrains, then some Smaugs are definitely Thrains."
This statement is: TRUE - FALSE - NEITHER
Solution

Brain Teaser 8/28/2014

I am a word of 12 letters.
My 12, 4, 7, 2, 5 is an Eastern beast of burden.
My 1, 8, 10, 9 is a street made famous by Sinclair Lewis.
My 11, 3,6 is past.
My whole is a person suffering from delusions of greatness.
So, who am I?
Solution

Brain Teaser 8/27/2014

1. John Peterson was born in Albany in 1938, on a date not divisible by 2, 3, or 5, and in a month that does not contain the letters "e" or "i". When does he become one year older?

2. In a certain village there is a man, so the paradox runs, who is a barber; this barber shaves all and only those men in the village who do not shave themselves. Query: Does the barber shave himself?
Solution

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/26/2014

In 1209, on a hot summer day there was a man who was ordered to be executed by king. The king was a nice king though, and he said that if the man could prove himself wise, he would let him go. The king filled a room with fake flowers, and only put in one real flower in the room. The king said the man had 20 seconds to find the real flower. The man said, "It's very stuffy in here. Could you open a window?" The king opened a window, and the man immediately knew which was the real flower. How did he know?
Solution
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/25/2014

1. The sentence below is George Bernard Shaw's comment on chess. Can you reconstruct the original quotation?

"they clever are time making expedient foolish doing wasting very something for idle is a they chess people when their are only believe"

2. There are 11 body parts that have only 3 letters (no slang allowed). What are they?
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/24/2014

1. A racing driver drove around a 6-mile track at 140 miles per hour for 3 miles, 168 miles per hour for 1.5 miles, and 210 miles per hour for 1.5 miles. What was his average speed for the entire 6 miles?

2. A girl is twice as old as her brother and half as old as her father. In 22 years, her brother will be half as old as his father. How old is the daughter now?
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Brain Teaser 8/23/2014

1. Only five of the words in the riddle-line below are common names (bird-types; subspecies) of gulls. The remaining one is a gull, too, but not a bird. Which one is the oddity?
Herring, California, Pigeon, Western, Iceland, Laughing

2. A farmer must spend exactly $100 to buy exactly 100 animals, and must buy at least one of each animal. Cows are $10 each, Goats are $1 each and Chickens are 8 for a $1. What does he buy?
Solution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/22/2014

1. The price of an article was cut 20% for a sale. By what percent must the item be increased to again sell the article at the original price?
15% - 20% - 25% - 30% - 40%

2. See if you can complete words by putting three letters on each side of the following twelve combinations.
a. ural, b. ocia, c. upul, d. cina, e. caut, f. hest, g. ment, h. idel, i. redi, j. dpec, k. olut, l. epho
Solution
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Brain Teaser 8/21/2014

Jack and Joe were on vacation and driving along a deserted country road from the town of Kaysville to the town of Lynnsville. They came to a multiple fork in the road. The sign post had been knocked down and they were faced with choosing one of five different directions. Since they had left their map at the last gas station and there was no one around to ask, how could Jack and Joe find their way to Lynnsville?
Solution

Brain Teaser 8/20/2014

1. George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee.
Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda.
Using logic, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?

2. A piece of firewood is standing on end. Which is more likely to knock the piece of wood over - a lead bullet fired from a gun or a rubber bullet of the same mass traveling at the same speed (and hitting the same spot)? Assume that the rubber bullet does not disintegrate on impact.
Solution

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/19/2014

A worker is to perform work for you for seven straight days. In return for his work, you will pay him 1/7th of a bar of gold per day. The worker requires a daily payment of 1/7th of the bar of gold. What and where are the fewest number of cuts to the bar of gold that will allow you to pay him 1/7th each day?
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Brain Teaser 8/18/2014

Examine each of the five sentences below. What is unusual about them? They all display a special property that shouldn't be too difficult to spot.
a. Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
b. Stella won no wallets
c. Eva, can I stab live, evil bats in a cave?
d. I maim nine men in Miami
e. Marge lets Norah see Sharon's telegram
Solution
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