Thursday, November 30, 2006

Four Cars

Four cars come to a four way stop, all coming from a different direction. They can't decide who got there first, so they all go forward at the same time. They do not crash into each other, but all four cars go. How is this possible?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Could you repeat that?

As a whole, I am both safe and secure. Behead me, and I become a place of meeting. Behead me again, and I am the partner of ready. Restore me, and I become the domain of beasts. What am I?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Math time

Solve the following math problem without pencil and paper or a calculator: Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?

Monday, November 27, 2006

Three, it's a magic number

What three-letter word can be added to the following words to form three common six-letter words?

her, any, tom

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Trivia

Since this will be my last question until after the weekend, I just wanted to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving (if you're from around here) and a wonderful weekend if you're not.
  1. Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the United States (T or F)?
  2. The first store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was?
  3. Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to a woman editor of The Godey's Lady's Book" who started a writing campaign. What was her name?
  4. How many pilgrims came over on the Mayflower?
  5. About how many survived to celebrate?
  6. How many of those survivors were women?
  7. You know those funny looking hats and shoes with buckles? Did the Pilgrims actually wear them?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The beagle boys

In the cartoon show, Duck Tales (and in the comics), the beagle boys always had the numbers 167 used in two different sequences on their shirts to indicate their prison number. For instance, one beagle boy had the number 167 671, while another had 761 716. The only restriction was the pattern could not be repeated, so the number 167 167 would not be possible. How many different combinations could they have and still be unique?

In other words, how many beagle boys could there be?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Step to Pest

PEST is an anagram of STEP. LIVE is an anagram of VEIL. Morph STEP into PEST by changing one letter at a time. Do the same for VEIL and LIVE. The catch is that the VEIL-LIVE morphing must be part of the STEP-PEST morphing. Each step must produce a valid word in the English language. No word can be used more than once.

STEP ----> VEIL ----> LIVE ----> PEST

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A time traveling philanderer

John was a man with very few morals. Tired of being chased out of homes by angry husbands, John builds a time machine. He manages to travel back in time to 17th century England where he meets a woman (who also has very few morals). Noticing she has no wedding ring on her ring finger, he feels confident in going back to her place. 20 minutes later, John was very surprised when her husband bursts into the bedroom and chases him out.

What went wrong for our anti-hero?

BTW, this is my attempt at writing an interesting trivia question. If you have the time, go ahead and feel free to critique it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


What is the product of the following series:

(x-a), (x-b), (x-c), .....(x-z) ?

Monday, November 13, 2006

This could take a while

Below, 10 nine letter words have been broken into chunks of three letters. These chunks have been mixed up, no chunk is used twice and all chunks are used. Can you determine what the 10 words are?

ely rec ant htn fer ort
ent cer por sin lig ian
lio row use rar lib ive
tfo sca ing ing far eth
som dif est dig imp mho

Friday, November 10, 2006

Snakes and lizards, oh my!

Below is a printout of reptiles and amphibians which have had every other letter removed. Can you replace the missing letters?


Thursday, November 09, 2006


I was having trouble sleeping last night and I tossed and turned well into the night. Our local town hall has a clock which strikes on the hour and also strikes just once on the half hour. During one of my more awake moments I heard the clock strike once, but I could not tell what time it was. Half an hour later it struck once again, but I still could not tell what time it was. Finally, half an hour later it struck once again and I knew what the time was. What time was it?

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me who said this: "Time. Ask me for anything but time."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What am I today?

My 7658 is a large stick.
My 5634 is a strong desire.
My 712 holds animals.
My 845 is a fish.
What am I?

Monday, November 06, 2006

In order

What word would correctly continue this sequence:


Friday, November 03, 2006

Can you get from Low to Shot, using a chain of words. For example, to get from Shop to Hole, the following chain works:

The connecting words are:

So, can you do it? (- represent the missing letters, so the first word has three missing letters).
D - - -
F - - -
O - -
S - - -
L - - -

Thursday, November 02, 2006


A novel by a Scottish writer

* As a sidenote, this is my 365th post here. I wonder if that counts drafts (I keep the answers in draft form for the next day)? But if not, that means I've got a years worth of puzzles, riddles, math problems, anagrams, etc... Wow! I never thought I could do that.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Function of infinity

In the function f(x), f(x) equals the sum of the digits of x and the sum of the new number's digits and so on until one digit is remaining. For example:

f(9135899)=f(9+1+3+5+8+9+9)= f(44)=f(4+4)=f(8)=8

So, if we assume that infinity is equal to 9999999999999... with an infinite amount of digits, then what is f(infinity)?
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