- Astrobleme
- Engastrimyth
- Pogonotrophy

## Wednesday, April 30, 2008

### Can You Put It In a Sentence?

The following words are uncommon, to say the least. Do you know what they mean?

## Tuesday, April 29, 2008

## Monday, April 28, 2008

## Friday, April 25, 2008

### Add a Word

What word, when added in the middle, completes the first word and starts the second?

1) as ... cil

2) ma ... age

Have a good weekend everybody!

1) as ... cil

2) ma ... age

Have a good weekend everybody!

## Thursday, April 24, 2008

### Which of these is not like the others?

Which of these anagrams does not belong?

slotec

hoccu

sidtnagnht

uerabu

pabrededs

arhic

slotec

hoccu

sidtnagnht

uerabu

pabrededs

arhic

## Wednesday, April 23, 2008

### Five Words

Below are five words. By adding the same three letters to each word, you can make five new words. What are the three letters?

her

ion

or

if

to

ion

or

if

to

## Tuesday, April 22, 2008

### Live When There is Light

I can only live when there is light, but I die if the light shines on me. What am I?

## Friday, April 18, 2008

### But is it Worth Paying the Gas to Go Back?

A bookstore has a complicated, but nice discount policy. If you buy a $20 book today, you get a 2% discount on your next purchase. Buy a $15 book, and you get 1.5% discount on your next purchase.

If you buy three books that cost $10, $20 and $30, you could buy the $30 book today, the $10 book tomorrow (with a 3% discount) and the $20 book the next day and get a 1% discount. Or you could buy the $30 and $20 book today and get 5% back on your $10 purchase tomorrow.

What is the cheapest way to buy five books at $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50?

If you buy three books that cost $10, $20 and $30, you could buy the $30 book today, the $10 book tomorrow (with a 3% discount) and the $20 book the next day and get a 1% discount. Or you could buy the $30 and $20 book today and get 5% back on your $10 purchase tomorrow.

What is the cheapest way to buy five books at $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50?

## Thursday, April 17, 2008

### What Good Logic Puzzle Does Not Involve Death?

There are six jars containing coffee, arsenic, sugar, snuff, tea and salt. But they have all been mislabeled, so that no jar contains what it's label says. The six jars have been placed on two shelves so that it looks like:

To be clear, the jar labeled snuff is below the jar labeled coffee. The jar labeled tea is below the jar labeled arsenic and the jar labeled salt is below the jar labeled sugar. Your job is to find the arsenic by asking two questions from a friend knows what is inside each jar.

You ask her, "Where is the salt located?"

She responds, "It is under the jar containing snuff."

Your second question goes, "Would you tell me where the sugar is?"

Her response, "Immediately to the right of the jar containing coffee."

Have you figured it out?

coffee, arsenic, sugar,

snuff_, _tea_, _salt_

snuff_, _tea_, _salt_

To be clear, the jar labeled snuff is below the jar labeled coffee. The jar labeled tea is below the jar labeled arsenic and the jar labeled salt is below the jar labeled sugar. Your job is to find the arsenic by asking two questions from a friend knows what is inside each jar.

You ask her, "Where is the salt located?"

She responds, "It is under the jar containing snuff."

Your second question goes, "Would you tell me where the sugar is?"

Her response, "Immediately to the right of the jar containing coffee."

Have you figured it out?

## Wednesday, April 16, 2008

### Logic Can Be Hard to Parse

You need to match three letters (A, B, and C) to three numbers (1, 2, 3). From the following rules, can you find a solution?

1) If A is not 1, then C is not 3.

2) If B is either 2 or 1, then A is 3.

3) If C is not 2, then A cannot be 3.

4) If C is not 1, then A is not 3.

5) If C is 3, then B is not 1 or 2.

6) If B is 3, then A is not 2.

1) If A is not 1, then C is not 3.

2) If B is either 2 or 1, then A is 3.

3) If C is not 2, then A cannot be 3.

4) If C is not 1, then A is not 3.

5) If C is 3, then B is not 1 or 2.

6) If B is 3, then A is not 2.

## Tuesday, April 15, 2008

### A Strange Restaurant

A very strange restaurant has entered your neighborhood. Instead of letting you order your food the normal way, they only let you order the items based off their code (which doesn't change). There are nine dishes labeled A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I.

If you come in with a group of people, they will not place the dish you ordered in front of the person who ordered it. Instead, they will place the dish in the center of the table, so that the group can decide what to take (think buffet style).

Your four friends and you enter the first night and look at the strange menu. Since you are captains of logic, you decide to break the restaurants code and figure out which dish corresponds to each letter. Without asking the waiter (who won't tell you anyways), can you order five dishes each night for three nights running and figure out what each dish is?

If you come in with a group of people, they will not place the dish you ordered in front of the person who ordered it. Instead, they will place the dish in the center of the table, so that the group can decide what to take (think buffet style).

Your four friends and you enter the first night and look at the strange menu. Since you are captains of logic, you decide to break the restaurants code and figure out which dish corresponds to each letter. Without asking the waiter (who won't tell you anyways), can you order five dishes each night for three nights running and figure out what each dish is?

## Monday, April 14, 2008

### Change One Letter at a Time

Move from Took to Burn with just four letters. Each successive step must form a real word.

Took

____

____

____

Burn

Took

____

____

____

Burn

## Friday, April 11, 2008

### Stories so Common, But is That All There is?

1) We've all heard the story of Lady Godiva, but did you get all the details? What town did Lady Godiva ride naked through? What was she (according to legend) trying to accomplish?

2) Since I've seen the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang about 100 times, I'm assuming you have too. But did you know that there was a book? Who wrote it?

For those interested in a little mathematical discussion of the Monty Hall problem (one of the first questions I posed here, btw), take a look at this NY Times article.

2) Since I've seen the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang about 100 times, I'm assuming you have too. But did you know that there was a book? Who wrote it?

For those interested in a little mathematical discussion of the Monty Hall problem (one of the first questions I posed here, btw), take a look at this NY Times article.

## Thursday, April 10, 2008

### Calculators Down, Please

Without using a pencil or calculator, solve this puzzle:

1 3 1 = 1

11 3 11 = 121

111 3 111 = 12,321

1,111 3 1,111 = ?

1 3 1 = 1

11 3 11 = 121

111 3 111 = 12,321

1,111 3 1,111 = ?

## Wednesday, April 09, 2008

## Tuesday, April 08, 2008

### Time For a Little Break in the Action

Can you find the hidden phrases?

1)

2)

3)

1)

evil EVIL

2)

POC$$KET

3)

ieieieceieiei

## Monday, April 07, 2008

### What Are You Afraid Of?

If you have been diagnosed with Basophobia, what is it you are afraid of?

What if you were affected by Cacophobia?

What if you were affected by Cacophobia?

## Friday, April 04, 2008

### What's missing?

Since yesterday was so easy, you won't have any trouble today. What are the missing numbers?

27 29 25 33 17 ...

25 23 27 19 35 ...

31 33 29 37 21 ...

27 29 25 33 17 ...

25 23 27 19 35 ...

31 33 29 37 21 ...

## Thursday, April 03, 2008

### Can You Break the Code?

The following list of numbers has an accompanying list of codes. Can you break the code and give me the last number?

Number ... Code

589 ... 521

724 ... 386

1346 ... 9764

??? ... 485

589 ... 521

724 ... 386

1346 ... 9764

??? ... 485

## Wednesday, April 02, 2008

### A Couple of Riddles

1) Man walks over,

Man walks under.

In time of war he burns asunder.

What is it?

2)You heard me before,

Yet you hear me again,

Then I die,

'Till you call me again.

What am I?

Man walks under.

In time of war he burns asunder.

What is it?

2)You heard me before,

Yet you hear me again,

Then I die,

'Till you call me again.

What am I?

## Tuesday, April 01, 2008

### What Numbers Belong

What numbers belong in the parentheses?

1)

98 (33) 79

23 (..) 55

2)

12 (26) 13

11 (..) 6

3)

125 (21) 20

70 (..) 35

1)

98 (33) 79

23 (..) 55

2)

12 (26) 13

11 (..) 6

3)

125 (21) 20

70 (..) 35

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