Friday, March 30, 2007

Hungry for a little bacon?

I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Common Factor

Hi! Ma and Pa told me I'd better say that all the two-letter words in this paragraph have something in common ...... or else! What's the common factor here?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

He is just painful

He starts and ends 2 common English words. One painful in love, One painful in everyday matter. Do you know what 2 words I must be?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two quick riddles to start your day with

Since yesterdays question stumped you all, just two simple questions today:

1) What state is surrounded by the most water?
2) How many letters are there in the alphabet?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Ratio of 1:2:3

Using all of the digits from 1 to 9 once each, create three digit numbers that are in a ratio of 1:2:3. There are four solutions, can you find them all?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Landmark kramdnaL

Name a North American landmark that is constantly moving backwards.

(I'm sure there's more than one, but I heard this on the radio this morning and I thought it was interesting.)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Five Balls Are Removed

A hat contains a number N of blue balls and red balls. If five balls are removed randomly from the hat, the probability is precisely 1/2 that all five balls are blue. What is the smallest value of N for which this is possible.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Does it All Add Up?

The one digit odd numbers 1,3,5,7,9 add up to 25, while the one digit even numbers add up to 0,2,4,6,8 add up to 20.

Can you arrange the numbers in such a way that the odd numbers and the even numbers have the same value? You can use +, -, / and *. You can also combine digits to make multi-digit numbers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Riddle my word

Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.

What am I?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Can you riddle me this?

I live above a star, and yet I never burn,
I have eleven neighbors, and yet none of them turn,
I am visited in sequence, first, last or in between,
PRS (& sometimes Q) are my initials,
Now, tell me what I mean.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Can you help save Christmas?

Last year Santa was delivering his presents when he got stuck in a chimney. In fact, one of his reindeers had to pull him out. Unfortunately for Santa's schedule, that wasn't the only time he got stuck that night. Santa wants to take better care this year, but can't seem to remember all the details. Your job is to help Santa remember at what time and which kid he was delivering which present to and which reindeer helped pull him out at each stop.

  • Santa was not delivering the Train Set to Craig.
  • Rudolph hauled Santa out of one chimney exactly 1 hour before Santa was rescued from Diana's chimney.
  • Building Blocks were delivered to Ryan after 1:30a.m. but before 4:00a.m.
  • Blitzen hauled Santa out of one chimney exactly half an hour after Donner hauled him out of another
  • Comet helped Santa when he was stuck in Jerry's chimney: this was not the last chimney that he was stuck in that morning.
  • The Teddy Bear was delivered directly before the Doll, but not to Diana and wasn't with Santa when Rudolph pulled him out.
  • Prancer did not help Santa when he was stuck in the chimney with Drums.
  • No reindeer helped Santa out of a chimney with a toy having the same initial as the reindeer's name.
Times: 1:00a.m, 1:30a.m, 2:00a.m, 2:30a.m, 4:00a.m.
Reindeer: Blitzen, Comet, Donner, Prancer, Rudolph
Child: Craig, Diana, Jerry, Ryan, Sadie
Toy: Building Blocks, Doll, Drums, Teddy Bear, Train Set

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Change, mister?

What is the smallest number N such that it is impossible to have $1.00 in change consisting of preciseley N coins? You can use half-dollars, quarters, pennies, nickels, dimes and dollar coins. So N = 1 is the dollar coin. N = 2 is two half-dollars. N = 3 is a half-dollar and two quarters. Etc...

I'll give you a hint, it's lower than 100, but higher than you think!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pocket Change

A friend of yours (me!) announces he has a number of coins in my pocket that add up to precisely one dollar. When I tell you how many coins I have, you ask if any one of them is a half-dollar. I tell you no. You quickly realize that you can't tell for sure what coins I have, because there are six different combinations that produce precisely one dollar.

How many coins do I have in my pocket?

(US Coins only, please)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Do You Fear the Wolf?

Fear is an anagram of a homonym of an antonym of a homonym of an anagram of wolf?

Can you fill out the missing steps?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Rebus Password

Can you create a password (7 character long, no symbols) from the phrase:

You force heaven to be empty

Friday, March 09, 2007

Amusement Park Roller Coaster

An amusement park roller coaster includes five cars, numbered 1 through 5 from front to back. Each car accommodates up to two riders, seated side by side. Six people—Tom, Gwen, Laurie, Mark, Paul and Jack—are riding the coaster at the same time.

The following four statements are true:
  1. Laurie is sharing a car.
  2. Mark is not sharing a car and is seated immediately behind an empty car.
  3. Tom is not sharing a car with either Gwen or Paul.
  4. Gwen is riding in either the third or fourth car.
If Gwen is riding immediately behind Laurie's car and immediately ahead of Tom's car, all of the following must be true EXCEPT?

(A) Gwen is riding in the fourth car.
(B) Paul is riding in the third car.
(C) Tom is riding in the fifth car.
(D) Laurie is riding in the third car.
(E) The first car is empty.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Your task here is to change one letter in each of the following words, in order to find words with a common theme.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What could I be?

My visit spans two years,
And many people say I stay too long.
I go quite well with green,
But that is not the color that
Most people think of when they think of me.
What could I be?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Monday, March 05, 2007

I have four parts

Change my first, I'm essential to Batman.
Change my second, I'm what Rachel did.
Change my third and I'm a sore.
Change my fourth and I look good on gifts.
I'm often held, I'm often filled,
I'm often set in place.
What am I?

For full bonus points, you need to get them all. :-)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Modern Riddle

Two cards, both lying backwards. The King of Hearts and the Ace of Hearts.

Clue 1: You're destined to "pic" the correct answer

Clue 2: nacho average celebrity

Who or what am I referring to?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Can you fix this equation?

| | = | | 3 3 5 5

You have four line segments to work with, can you insert them in order to make this equation work?

Can you do it with three lines? The equation doesn't have to be exact, but does have to be accurate to at least six decimal places.
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