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?
  1. Astrobleme
  2. Engastrimyth
  3. Pogonotrophy

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

By arranging all nine integers in a certain order, you can come up with fractions equal to 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, and 1/9. Can you come up with any or all of these?

Example: 1/8 = 3187/25496

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!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Which of these is not like the others?

Which of these anagrams does not belong?


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?


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?

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:
coffee, arsenic, sugar,
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.

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?

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.


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.

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 = ?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Do You Get It?

I've always liked rebus, so why stop?




Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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?

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 ...

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

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?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What Numbers Belong

What numbers belong in the parentheses?

98 (33) 79
23 (..) 55

12 (26) 13
11 (..) 6

125 (21) 20
70 (..) 35
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