Thursday, January 31, 2008

Get a Little Exercise Today

Bill and Judy set out to cover a certain distance by foot. Bill walks half the distance and runs half the distance. Judy walks half the time and runs half the time. Bill and Judy walk and run at the same rate. Who will reach the finish line first?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Flower Anagrams

Which of the following anagrams is not a flower?
  • piltu
  • cridoh
  • nanitraco
  • nejirup
  • airadneg

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Wibs and Wobs

Let's say 26 zips weigh as much as 4 crids and 2 wobs. Also, 8 zips and 2 crids have the same weight as 2 wobs.

How many zips have the weight of 1 wob?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Additional Puzzles Are Required

What number should I put in for the question mark?

6 5 9 2 7
1 4 3 5 ?
8 0 2 8 1

Friday, January 25, 2008

Words to Live By

Can you translate the following into their more common utterances?
  1. Superfluous chronological dispatch institutes riddance of valued effects.
  2. There’s no value to be derived from demanding attention by loud screeches over fallen white liquid derived from the lactic glands of a female bovine.
  3. An excess of culinary experts impairs the quality of a thin derivative of meat.
  4. A body of persons abiding in a domicile of silica combined with metallic oxides should not carelessly project small geological specimens.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Common Phrases

These may be common phrases, but how can you tell?
  1. If a large solid-hoofed mammal becomes available to you without compensation, refrain from casting your faculty for seeing into the oral cavity of such a creature.
  2. Each vaporous mass suspended in the firmament has an interior decoration of metallic hue.
  3. It is not advantageous to place the sum total of your barnyard collections into the same wicker receptacle.
  4. Feathered bipeds of a kindred mind in their segregated environment associate with a high degree of amiability.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Math Can Be Fun

Take your age and multiply it by 2.
Add 5.
Multiply this sum by 50.
Subtract 365.
Add the amount of loose pocket change, but do NOT count change totalling $1 or over (i.e., must be less than $1)
Add 115

Notice anything special?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is the Plural for Rebus?


give get
give get
give get
give get



Monday, January 21, 2008

Some Rebus to Amuse You

Can you transform the following into common phrases or items?

Answer: Space Invaders (space in vaders)
12:00 T

UR Full OF


Friday, January 18, 2008

Let's Get a Little Lighter Today

From what heavy seven-letter word can you take away two letters and have eight left?

Oh, and TGIF!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Name Game Part 3

Once again, I'm looking for names that sound similar to the words the clues below refer to.
  1. A short haircut
  2. A cribbage pin
  3. A red flower sent frequently on Valentines Day
  4. A white flower used for memorials
  5. A blue flower mentioned in yearbooks

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Name Game Part 2

Just like yesterday, the following clues indicate a common word that is also a name. Note the word may not be spelled exactly like the name, but should be similar enough to figure out.
  1. A star-shaped game piece
  2. A Spanish nobleman
  3. A Christmas song
  4. How a beach feels
  5. Unearthed with a shovel
  6. Sweet confections
  7. A rabbit's den
  8. Loam (clean dirt)
  9. A hive-dweller

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Name Game

Each of the following clues leads you to a name, but a name with meaning. How many can you figure out? I should mention, the spelling of the name does not have to match the clue exactly.

Example: To tease good-naturedly or engage in banter.
Answer: Josh
  1. Happiness.
  2. A hard, translucent yellow to brown fossil resin.
  3. Made from wood, shows up in books.
  4. A hard stone, typically faceted.
  5. To be holding something while going somewhere.
  6. Describes someone who has a lot of this growing on their body.
  7. Any three parts in a union; a triad.
  8. A ball hit out of the park.
  9. Something you typically eat on a bun, also called a "hot dog"

Monday, January 14, 2008

Not the Captain!

Judy, Phil and Tom shot, drowned and strangled Cap'n Crunch.

In case you've never seen a rebus before, translate the preceding sentence into a common phrase or sentence.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Sporting Quiz

There's one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

There are eight ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Name them.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Locked Drawers and Lost Files

A man working in a cube has 10 drawers in which to store his files. Two of the drawers can be locked. Each time he stores a file, he picks one of the drawers at random and places it inside.

Yesterday he locked the two drawers that could be locked, but when he came in this morning, he realized he had forgotten his keys at home. He realizes he needs one of his files and begins to look for it. His search is simple, picking each drawer in order, he rifles through each one until he finds the file he needs. He does not go back to any drawer he has already checked.

1) He checks the first drawer, but doesn't find the file. What are the chances he finds the file in the remaining 7 drawers? (Remember, he can't check the last two!)

2) He checks the first four drawers and has not found it. What are the chances he will find the file in the remaining 4 drawers he can open?

3) He has looked in the first seven drawers. What are the chances he can find the document in the final drawer?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Probability of Bears

There are two bears - white and dark.

1. What is the probability that both bears are male?

If we write m for male and f for female, we have four possibilites: (mf, fm, mm, ff) which means the probability of mm = 1/4 (assuming they are all equally possible).

2. What if I told you one of the bears is male? What is the probability they are both males?

The possible outcomes are (mf, fm, mm), which means the probability they are both males is 1/3.

3. Now, what if I told you that the lighter bear is known to be male. What is the probability they are both males?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Truth, Lies, and Islands

The inhabitants of an island tell truth one third of the time. They lie with the probability of 2/3.

On an occasion, after one of them made a statement, another fellow stepped forward and declared the statement true.

What is the probability that it was indeed true?

Friday, January 04, 2008

Envelope, Please

In a box there are two envelopes. It is known that with probability 1/2, one envelope contains $1 and the other one $10; with probability 1/4, one envelope contains $10 and the other one $100; with probability 1/8, one envelope contains $100 and the other one $1000; and so on.

You open one envelope and find x dollars in it. Now you can keep the money or take instead the other envelope. What do you do?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Flawed Nobel Prize

On the occasion of his receiving second Nobel prize, Dr. Linus Pauling, the chemist, remarked that, while the chances of any person in the world receiving his first Nobel prize were one in several billion (the population of the world), the chances of receiving the second Nobel prize were one in several hundred (the total number of living people who had received the prize in the past) and that therefore it was less remarkable to receive one's second prize than one's first.

What is the flaw in Professor Pauling's joke?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Sold Out Flight

On a sold out flight, 100 people line up to board the plane. The first passenger in the line has lost his boarding pass, but was allowed in, regardless. He takes a random seat. Each subsequent passenger takes his or her assigned seat if available, or a random unoccupied seat, otherwise. What is the probability that the last passenger to board the plane finds his seat unoccupied?
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