Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Look Behind You

Though in theory I am always behind you, I am also around to remind you. But in case it's your way to give me too much say, I can hamper or, even worse, blind you. What am I?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Do You Have a Magnetic Personality?

This one was once in Scientific American.

You are in a room where there are no metal objects except for two iron rods. Only one of them is a magnet.

How can you identify the magnet? There are several possibilities. What's your solution?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Office or Factory

A man has an office north of his home and a factory south of his home. Every day he goes to the train platform at completely random, different times. There is a train going north, stopping on one side of the platform, every ten minutes. There is a train going south, stopping on the other side of the same platform, every ten minutes. He always takes the first train that comes along after his arrival on the platform. Nine days out of ten he goes to his office. Why?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Officer on Deck

Michael, Lou and Lisa are officers in their local club. The treasurer, who has little work, is an only child. Michael, who dates Lisa's sister, does more than the president of the club.

Question: Who holds what positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary).

Monday, October 22, 2007

Words That Mean the Same

Complete the word inside the brackets that means the same as the words outside the brackets.

MOVE (S___) PRISON

Friday, October 19, 2007

Five T Instruments

Name five musical instruments, all to be found in an orchestra, and all beginning with the letter T.

For extra credit, name 8!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Common to Five

What number gives the same result when it is added to five as when it is multiplied by five?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Back to School

Who teaches what subjects?

1) Mister Black does not comprehend angles.
2) Mister White is the only one who knows where the Rocky Mountains are situated..
3) Each teaches three subjects.
4) No subject is taught by three persons.
5) Certain subjects are taught by two people.
6) Mister Rust is bilingual.

Teachers: Mister White, Black and Rust are teachers.
Subjects: English, French, math, history and geography.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Laugh it Up!

1) Why do mathematicians like national parks?

2) Why do mathematicians think Halloween and Christmas are the same?

3) What do you call an eigen-sheep?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Too Much Math

No math questions today. It's too early on a Monday morning.

Let's relax a little and try out some anagrams instead:
  1. him a test cam
  2. i psychs
  3. shin gel
  4. holy hip sop
  5. my chi rest

Friday, October 12, 2007

Connecting the Dots

You have n dots on a piece of paper. How many lines do you need to connect the n dots?

The answer to this question is pretty well known, so if you want to provide the answer, please share your explanation for everyone else.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Going to the Show?

A theater has five entrances. In how many ways can you enter and leave by a different entrance?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Run But Never Walks?

What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cook the Inside

You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Name in Lights?

Can you interpret the following rebus into common items or phrases?
1)
knee
light light

2)
i i
dark
3)
1234
US
4)
Y Y guy guy

Friday, October 05, 2007

Ring in a Box

The ruler of a small, but influential country was looking to find his successor. But, he wanted to make sure the one who succeeded him would be able to continue his good policy through logic. So he devised the following puzzle to test the applicants.

He put three boxes (gold, silver and bronze) out and told the applicant at least one inscription is true and at least one is false. Then he told him inside one of the boxes was a ring. The applicant gets only one chance at figuring out the puzzle. Can you help him out?

Golden box: The ring is not in the silver box.

Silver box: The ring is not in this box.

Lead box: The ring is in this box.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

War Soldiers

A group of 100 soldiers suffered the following injuries in a battle: 70 soldiers lost an eye, 75 lost an ear, 85 lost a leg, and 80 lost an arm.

What is the minimum number of soldiers who must have lost all 4?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Foot Pole

1)
foot pole foot pole
foot pole foot pole
foot pole foot pole
foot pole foot pole
foot pole foot pole

2)
W
A
L
K

3)
rasingingin


Update: Oops. I noticed the first one was a little bit messed up. It's been fixed. I apologize to anyone who gets here early!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Can You Figure Them Out On a Monday Morning?

Can you figure out what the following rebus represent?

1)
Either weigh or whey

2)
Must get here
Must get here
Must get here

3)
OdOoOmO
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