Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Stuck in the middle with you

Find the words that fit in the middle of each pair of words to create two new words, one front-ended, the other back-ended.

Example: Ever - ___ - Horn
Answer: Ever Green Horn

1) Red - ______ - Bulb
2) Green - ____ - Leaf
3) Blue - _____ - Ball
4) Silver - ___ - Saver
5) Gold - _____ - Shaft
6) White - ____ - Smart
7) Black - ____ - Brain
8) Orange - ___ - Pouch
9) Peach - ____ - Top
10) Brown - ___ - Cookie

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

English or Math

Is it correct that seven and five is thirteen or seven and five are thirteen?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Not twins?

Two girls are born to the same mother, on the same day, at the same time, in the same year and yet they're not twins. How can this be?

Some peoples kids

Two children, who were all tangled up in their reckoning of the days of the week, paused on their way to school to straighten matters out. "When the day after tomorrow is yesterday," said Priscilla, then 'today' will be as far from Sunday as that day was which was 'today' when the day before yesterday was tomorrow!"

I'm not sure this is a fair question

There are a few trees in a garden. On one of them, a pear tree, there are pears (quite logical). But after a strong wind blew, there were neither pears on the tree nor on the ground. How come?

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Rebus revenge

What phrases are shown in the figures below?

1) S-n-o-w

2) How is failure represented in the rebus below?


A) Success
B) Victory
C) Triumph
D) Accomplishment

3) Robert is your mother's brother


5) Out Trace

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

NFL Team Anagrams

The following anagrams are of NFL team names:
  1. sear rid
  2. pre cask
  3. oat strip
  4. tin gas
  5. as next
  6. son calf
  7. leg sea

Monday, January 22, 2007

Football puzzle

I'm still tired and cranky from last night's game. So here's a football puzzle for you. How many different ways can you score 20 points in a football game?

Assume the following possibilities for scoring:

  • If the other team doesn't show up, the game is forfeit, and you score 1 point (and the game is over.)
  • On defense, if you tackle the other team's quarterback in their endzone, you get 2 points for a "safety".
  • On offense, you can kick the ball over the defense's goalposts for a 3 point field goal.
  • On offense, you can carry the ball across the defense's goal line for a 6 point touchdown.
  • On offense, immediately after a touchdown, you can kick the ball through the defense's goalposts for an additional 1 point ("point after touchdown"). We can combine this with the touchdown and write it as a (6+1) or 7 point score.
  • On offense, immediately after a touchdown, you can make another play to carry the ball across the defense's goal line for an additional 2 points ("two point conversion"). We can combine this with the touchdown and write it as a (6+2) or 8 point score.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Can you see the trees through the forest?


C=5, T=4, and E=8. No number stands for more than one letter.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Logic Number Puzzles

If each of the following equations is true, what is each letter? The rules are: (1) all the variables are equal to integer values between one and the number of variables in the puzzle, and (2) none of the variables are equal to each other. For example, if there are six variables, each will equal a number from 1 to 6. Since no variable equals another, all six values will be used.
  1. A + B = D
  2. B + F = E
  3. C + D = E
  4. B does not equal 1.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Do you have a better label for this question?

Find the words that fit in the middle of each pair of words to create two new words, one front-ended and one back-ended.

Example: EVER - ______ - HORN

1. HOBBY - __________ - FEATHERS
2. BOB - __________ - AMOUNT
3. BUCK - __________ - GUN

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Letter Equation Songs

Below are a few singers/groups who have sung a song that has a number in its title.
  1. The Beatles = E D a W
  2. Air Supply = The O T Y L
  3. Shania Twain = Y S the O
  4. Herman's Hermits = I H the E I A
  5. Wilson Pickett = L of a T D
  6. Queen = A O B the D
  7. The Clovers = L P #9
  8. The Beatles = W I S-F

Monday, January 15, 2007

A traveling man

An explorer wishes to cross a barren desert that requires 6 days to cross, but one man can only carry enough food for 4 days. What is the fewest number of other men required to help carry enough food for him to cross?

Friday, January 12, 2007

Five Daughters

Mr. Reader's five daughters each gave books for Christmas to one or more of her sisters. Each presented four books and each received four books, but no two girls allocated her books in the same way. That is, only one gave two books to one sister and two to another. Beth gave all her books to Alice; Christy gave three to Edith. Which sisters gave the four books to Deborah?

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mr and Mrs Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their two children form a typical American family. If exactly two of the following statements are true, what is the first name of the father, mother, son and daughter:
  • George and Dorothy are blood relatives.
  • Howard is older than George.
  • Virginia is younger than Howard.
  • Virginia is older than Dorothy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

This should be easy

Brown, Jones and Smith are a doctor, a lawyer, and a teacher. The teacher, who is an only child, earns the least money. Smith, who married Brown's sister, earns more than the lawyer. What is each man's job?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sit in one spot

I am usually in a wooden case
I can have a square or round base
I have my own set of weights
In my name, is what a child calls a parent
When you hear me, I am apparent
I am Grand.
By my name, I sound old
I am in stores where I am sold
Short I am not
I usually sit in one spot

Monday, January 08, 2007

It's always

It's always 1 to 6.
It's always 15 to 20
and it's always 5,
unless it's flying,
when it's always 21.

What is it?

Friday, January 05, 2007

Three Consecutive Letters

The following words have three letters missing. Fill in the blanks with three consecutive missing letters. For example _ _ A _ U S can take A, B and C (for three consecutive letters) to make the word ABACUS.

1. _ _ R _ E S,

2. D O _ I _ _,

3. _ R A _ I _,

4. _ O U _ _ T,

5. _ _ A _ U E,

6. _ A Y _ A _.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


Can you guess the palindromes using the clues below? Palindromes are words that are spelled the same backwards as forwards. For example: eve and abba are both palindromes.

Example clue: Part of the body
Answer: Eye

1. Midday
2. A young dog
3. Flat
4. Word for addressing a lady
5. An Eskimo canoe
6. A system for detecting aircraft, ships, etc.
7. Grass that grows on the seashore
8. In music, half a semibreve
9. Doctrine
10. Restorer

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Fill in the missing letters using a repeated pair of letters.

1. _ _ chorm _ _
2. _ _ joym _ _ t
3. _ _ iqu _ _ te
4. _ _ ip _ _ ape
5. _ _ s _ _ cere
6. _ _ p _ _ zard

Example: 1. _ _ chorm _ _ is anchorman (an is repeated).

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Thank You!

This site, more than any other, depends on you, the readers, to come by and answer each question. So I just wanted to say thank you and share with you some of the statistics from the past year on the traffic you've helped to bring in.

I use google analytics to keep track of where people are coming from and what they do while they're here, so this all comes from that:

Content Uniq. Views Pageviews
Total 22,178 33,188
/ 6,871 11,199
/2006/07/leap-frog.html 955 1,188
/2005_09_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 655 1,644
/2005/12/letter-equations.html 463 689
/2005/11/letter-equations.html 446 697
/2005_10_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 418 842
/2006_05_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 405 786
/2006_06_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 361 802
/2006_07_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 271 436
/2006_01_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 270 608
/2006_04_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 268 582
/2005_08_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 268 541
/2006/06/riddle-me-this.html 251 313
/2005_12_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 233 504
/2005_11_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 207 409
/2006_02_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 202 447
/2006_03_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 152 317
/2006_08_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 106 194
/2006/12/christmas-trivia.html 102 126
/2006/05/full-house-in-yahtzee.html 88 105
/2005/09/wine-anyone.html 88 93
/2005/09/ive-seen-this-one-before.html 76 84
/2006/05/how-high-can-you-go.html 72 86
/2006/04/can-you-see-forest.html 64 70
/2006/05/horse-with-no-name.html 61 73
/2005/08/riddles.html 59 69
/2006_09_01_statspuzzles_archive.html 58 98
/2006/07/largest-number.html 58 67
/2006/10/what-word-am-i.html 58 63
/2006/06/what-am-i.html 57 63
/2006/04/into-basket.html 56 61

I'm also going to show where that traffic came from (for the front page, only). Google and Yahoo were (not surprisingly) my biggest supporters, as people came looking for your answers. Note the large numbers of driven traffic from blogazoo and blogexplosion. I don't really use them anymore (they helped build up an audience). Then there's you, who come directly, or by bloglines or my.msn or

Source[Medium] Visits P/Visit
google[organic] 1040 3.24
yahoo[organic] 697 2.58[referral] 560 1.31[referral] 496 1.28
(direct)[(none)] 385 3.1[referral] 343 4.04[referral] 329 1.62[referral] 316 2.75
msn[organic] 306 2.08[referral] 286 1.58[referral] 211 4.09[referral] 211 3.55[referral] 210 3.63[referral] 181 2.97[referral] 171 3.18[referral] 154 3.06
search[organic] 143 3.64[referral] 117 3.27[referral] 82 1.22
ask[organic] 50 1.72[referral] 49 2.24[referral] 48 2.02[referral] 36 1.5[referral] 32 3.22[referral] 22 7.27[referral] 22 2.64[referral] 20 1.05[referral] 16 2.69[referral] 14 1.79[referral] 13 4.15[referral] 12 3.33

BTW, I've made about $30 off this site for the year. (I'm obviously not doing it for the money)

If you're interested in something else, let me know.

In what year

In what year did Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall in the same year?

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