Four playing cards, one of each suit, and one each of Jack, Queen, King, and Ace are laid out in a row.

1. The Heart isn't next to the Club.

2. No card is next to its immediate senior in rank.

3. The colors of the suits alternate.

4. The King and Queen face in opposite directions.

5. The Jack of Diamonds is not in the row.

What are the four cards?

## Friday, December 30, 2005

## Thursday, December 29, 2005

### Represent yourself

1) What does this represent?

S U I T

2) Or how about this one?

ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

S U I T

2) Or how about this one?

ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

## Wednesday, December 28, 2005

### Race to the finish

The old king is dying, and wants to leave his kingdom to the wiser of his two sons. He tells them that he will hold a horserace, and the son whose horse is the last to reach the church and come back will inherit the realm. Immediately the younger son jumps on a horse and makes for the church at top speed. The king now knows that this is the wiser son, and leaves him the kingdom. Why?

## Tuesday, December 27, 2005

## Monday, December 26, 2005

### Words in Common

What do the following words have in common?

HOUSE SHANK WOOD FLY HORN

BTW, I apologize, but my posting may be erratic for a week as I am on vacation. Please feel free to look around for some puzzles or riddles in the archives.

HOUSE SHANK WOOD FLY HORN

BTW, I apologize, but my posting may be erratic for a week as I am on vacation. Please feel free to look around for some puzzles or riddles in the archives.

## Friday, December 23, 2005

### Next in line

Hey, I'm taking the holidays off, but feel free to look around and try some of the puzzles. Look in the archives and strain your brain a little. Make sure you enjoy your holidays!

What is the next number in this series?

5 25 61 113 181 ...

What is the next number in this series?

5 25 61 113 181 ...

## Thursday, December 22, 2005

### Where is the flux capacitor?

How much more available capacity is there is in twenty four-gallon cans that are half full than in twenty-four gallon cans that are half empty?

## Wednesday, December 21, 2005

### Complete the words

Complete these words by inserting the same three letters in each.

B---LE R---ENT L---UE

B---LE R---ENT L---UE

## Tuesday, December 20, 2005

### Looking for a good movie?

Rearrange the following letters to give the title of a 1979 movie.

OWN COSY APPEAL

OWN COSY APPEAL

## Monday, December 19, 2005

## Sunday, December 18, 2005

### Boxes of Money

Someone shows you two boxes and he tells you that one of these boxes contains two times as much as the other one, but he does not tell you which one this is. He lets you choose one of these boxes, and opens it. It turns out to be filled with $10. Now he gives you the opportunity to choose the other box instead of the current one (and skip the $10 of the first box), because the second box could contain twice as much (i.e. $20).

The Question: Should you choose the second box, or should you stick to your first choice to maximize the expected amount of money?

Read the hint below if you're stuck...

A Hint: If you have $10, and you could double this with a chance of 1/2, or half it with a chance of 1/2, one would expect an average of 1/2 * $20 + 1/2 * $5 = $12.5 (so you would expect to gain $2.5)!...

The Question: Should you choose the second box, or should you stick to your first choice to maximize the expected amount of money?

Read the hint below if you're stuck...

A Hint: If you have $10, and you could double this with a chance of 1/2, or half it with a chance of 1/2, one would expect an average of 1/2 * $20 + 1/2 * $5 = $12.5 (so you would expect to gain $2.5)!...

## Saturday, December 17, 2005

## Friday, December 16, 2005

### Which one is true?

Jordan, Justin and Jeff are brothers whose ages are 29, 30 and 31 (in any order). Your job is to determine the brothers' ages from the clues below. There's one catch though....only ONE clue is true. The rest are false. Good luck!

1. Justin is 30

2. Jordan is the youngest

3. Jordan is 31

4. Justin is one year older and one year younger than his brothers.

5. Justin is not the youngest.

6. Jordan is not two years older than Justin.

7. Justin is the oldest

8. Jeff is older than Jordan.

1. Justin is 30

2. Jordan is the youngest

3. Jordan is 31

4. Justin is one year older and one year younger than his brothers.

5. Justin is not the youngest.

6. Jordan is not two years older than Justin.

7. Justin is the oldest

8. Jeff is older than Jordan.

## Thursday, December 15, 2005

## Wednesday, December 14, 2005

### This is a trick question

Your neighbor has four apple trees in his yard. How many kinds of apples could he be growing?

## Tuesday, December 13, 2005

### Odd Balls

You have nine tennis balls and four shopping bags. Your job is to put all the balls in the bags such that there is an odd number of balls in each bag. That is, each bag must contain 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 balls.

## Monday, December 12, 2005

### A little bit of baseball trivia

(Not that any of this is true in history)

Let's say that Ty Cobb's seaon batting average is the same as Shoeless Joe Jackson's at the beginning of a late-season double-header. Assume both batters have had hundreds of at bats.

Cobb went 7 for 8 (.875) while Jackson went 9 for 12 (.750). But at the end of the day, Jackson's season average turned out to be higher than Cobb's. How is this possible?

Let's say that Ty Cobb's seaon batting average is the same as Shoeless Joe Jackson's at the beginning of a late-season double-header. Assume both batters have had hundreds of at bats.

Cobb went 7 for 8 (.875) while Jackson went 9 for 12 (.750). But at the end of the day, Jackson's season average turned out to be higher than Cobb's. How is this possible?

## Sunday, December 11, 2005

### There is an integer

There is an integer whose first digit is 3 having the property that if you take the 3 from the beginning of the number and place it at the end, you will have multiplied the original number by 3/2. What is that number?

Hint 1: it's not a small number.

Hint 2: The logic is hard, but the math is easy.

Hint 1: it's not a small number.

Hint 2: The logic is hard, but the math is easy.

## Saturday, December 10, 2005

### Double Trouble

Place the numbers 1 through 9 in the blanks so that the statement is true:

_ _ * _ = _ _ _ = _ _ * _

_ _ * _ = _ _ _ = _ _ * _

## Friday, December 09, 2005

### Diamonds are forever

Of the four suits that make up a deck of cards, only the diamonds are symmetrical, in that a diamond - unlike a club, a heart or a spade looks the same whether it is rightside-up or updside-down.

However, one of the 13 diamond cards is different when you turn it upside-down. Without checking any deck of cards you may have lying around, can you name that one non-symmetrical diamond?

However, one of the 13 diamond cards is different when you turn it upside-down. Without checking any deck of cards you may have lying around, can you name that one non-symmetrical diamond?

## Thursday, December 08, 2005

## Wednesday, December 07, 2005

### Solve the mystery

"We've got a mystery", Grandpa said, "the mystery of the missing tea." He went on to explain to his grandson, Junior, that Grandma made sun tea that she left on an upside down crate in the backyard each morning. About twice a week it disappeared. Grandpa suspected Buz, the kid who lived next door, because he had seen him out in the field behind their house two or three times on days when the tea was missing.

After breakfast that day, they went out back to check on the jar of tea Grandma had put out that morning. It was gone. "There's Buz," Grandpa said, pointing to a boy out in the field walking away from them. Junior followed Buz out into the field.

As Junior got closer, he could see Buz had a jar in his hand. It was empty.

"What are you doing?" Junior asked, trying to sound friendly.

"I'm catching bees for my collection," Buz said, looking around as if searching for a little victim. "I almost got that yellow-jacket," he said, indicating a large black-and-yellow-striped bee several yards out of reach.

"Do you know a lot about bees?" Junior asked.

"Oh, yes. I study them. I just that yellow jacket and I'll have an example of all the kinds you see around here. By the way, my name's Buz. Who are you?"

"I'm Junior, the guy who caught you stealing my grandmother's tea," Junior replied.

Why is Junior so sure Buz stole the tea?

After breakfast that day, they went out back to check on the jar of tea Grandma had put out that morning. It was gone. "There's Buz," Grandpa said, pointing to a boy out in the field walking away from them. Junior followed Buz out into the field.

As Junior got closer, he could see Buz had a jar in his hand. It was empty.

"What are you doing?" Junior asked, trying to sound friendly.

"I'm catching bees for my collection," Buz said, looking around as if searching for a little victim. "I almost got that yellow-jacket," he said, indicating a large black-and-yellow-striped bee several yards out of reach.

"Do you know a lot about bees?" Junior asked.

"Oh, yes. I study them. I just that yellow jacket and I'll have an example of all the kinds you see around here. By the way, my name's Buz. Who are you?"

"I'm Junior, the guy who caught you stealing my grandmother's tea," Junior replied.

Why is Junior so sure Buz stole the tea?

## Tuesday, December 06, 2005

### Tight fit

Cut a hole in the center of an index card just large enough for a small coin to pass through. How can you push a large coin through the hole without tearing the index card?

## Monday, December 05, 2005

### All the king's horses

## Sunday, December 04, 2005

### I will be nice

I will be nice, if you see pics thrice.

I Bear fruit of trees, sometimes in 3's.

I am but an arm's length in front of you.

What am I?

I Bear fruit of trees, sometimes in 3's.

I am but an arm's length in front of you.

What am I?

## Saturday, December 03, 2005

### An unusual book

I saw an unusual book:

The foreword comes after the epilogue;

The end is in the first half of the book;

The Index comes before the introduction.

Where could you see this book also?

The foreword comes after the epilogue;

The end is in the first half of the book;

The Index comes before the introduction.

Where could you see this book also?

## Friday, December 02, 2005

### Increase your blog traffic

Blogtraffic.org is in beta right now and they're willing to make a deal. While they are in beta testing stage you can get 500 credits per referral! Cheatproof IP checker means we will be packed with genuine surfers within weeks! They have a 1:1 traffic exchange and a 30 second timer.

### A little darker than what I usually post

I am the part of the bird that is not in the sky,

who can drown in the ocean and yet remain dry.

A last vestige of Man that refuses to die.

In mourning I am tossed at your feet to lie;

I begin my Job early, devouring your ankles and thighs.

I Work my way up, eating your legs to your waist.

And though around midday away I am chased,

I return quickly to savor the arm of my taste.

As evening Falls I enter your lungs,

spiraling Down past your mouth and your tongue.

I feast on your body, your soul, and your mind,

but as darkness falls you shall find

that away I will go, a relief for some;

At least until tomorrow morning comes.

who can drown in the ocean and yet remain dry.

A last vestige of Man that refuses to die.

In mourning I am tossed at your feet to lie;

I begin my Job early, devouring your ankles and thighs.

I Work my way up, eating your legs to your waist.

And though around midday away I am chased,

I return quickly to savor the arm of my taste.

As evening Falls I enter your lungs,

spiraling Down past your mouth and your tongue.

I feast on your body, your soul, and your mind,

but as darkness falls you shall find

that away I will go, a relief for some;

At least until tomorrow morning comes.

## Thursday, December 01, 2005

### This maze is so easy

Dsoldiers wrote a review of my site letting me know that this blog doesn't suck. I'm glad to hear it. He also pointed out I've been doing a lot of riddles lately, so today I'm going to do something different.

Also, I have a new renter this week, so check out backwood bob's site. He's a hunter and works hard at the 'aw shucks, what do I know, M'aam' talk. Makes for an interesting read. Now, back to the puzzles:

This maze has been described as the word's easiest. Travel through this maze totaling exactly 100 points. No passage or intersection may be used more than once. Enter and exit at opposite sides.

Also, I have a new renter this week, so check out backwood bob's site. He's a hunter and works hard at the 'aw shucks, what do I know, M'aam' talk. Makes for an interesting read. Now, back to the puzzles:

This maze has been described as the word's easiest. Travel through this maze totaling exactly 100 points. No passage or intersection may be used more than once. Enter and exit at opposite sides.

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