Friday, July 31, 2009

Match ABC to 123

You need to match A, B and C to the numbers 1, 2 and 3.  But you are given some peculiar information by which to determine how to match them up.
  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.
Can you match them up?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Can You See?

 Can You
See What's
 The With
Words On

You and a friend come across the sign above. Your friend asks why it's wrong? Your reply...?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Two Professors Bored

Two math professors (Frank and Julie) were on a long bus trip and were bored. Professor Frank, who had purchased both tickets, looked at five digits on his ticket and then the five digits on his friends ticket, which he was still holding.

The two tickets, purchased together, were consecutively numbered.

"Hey," Frank exclaimed. "When you add up all ten digits, you get 62."

"That is quite the coincidence, since we are on Bus 62," replied Julie.

Professor Julie then asked Frank "Is the sum of the numbers on either ticket, by any chance, 35?

After Professor Frank answered, Julie said "Well, now I know what the numbers on the two tickets are."

What were the two numbers?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Being Cheap Pays Off

If you go to the movies and you're paying, is it cheaper to take one friend to the movies twice, or two friends to the movies at the same time?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Class of Few

A class of students took a test. The results were mixed. One-third of the class received a B, one-fourth received a c, one-sixth received a D and one-eighth of the class flunked. Everyone else got an A.

How many students in the class got an A on the test (I'm not looking for a proportion here, but a real number).

Look below for a hint:

Hint: There is more than one possible answer, but if you restrict the class size to fewer than 30, you can find the first one.

Hint 2: Yes, this is a math question ;-)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Skip a Birthday

Grandpa Joe was sitting on his porch talking to his grandson Bill. Grandpa Joe always like to tell stories, so even at the ripe old age of 5 Bill was never too quick to trust anything that Grandpa had to say.

"I was 72 on my last birthday and I'll be 74 on my next birthday!" Grandpa Joe exclaimed.

Incredulous, Bill ran inside to tattle to Grandma. But Grandma stood up for Grandpa, telling Bill that Grandpa Joe was right.

How could Grandpa be telling the truth?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tip Your Hat

While walking down the street I met a man. He tipped his hat and drew his cane and in this riddle I told his name. What is the mans name?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Could be Lots of Things

Until I am measured,
I am not known.
Yet how you miss me,
When I have flown.

What am I?

Friday, July 17, 2009

One half of

If one nickel is worth five cents, how much is half of one half of a nickel worth?

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Samurai Cut

The samurai boasted, "And then I took out my sword and cut the thick chain that was linked to two posts into two pieces."

The monk replied, "That is not true."

How did the monk know the story was untrue?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today is Question Number 1000!!!

First, I just wanted to thank everyone who's ever answered a question or posed their own.  I can't believe that there have been 1,000 questions so far and it's been a lot of fun for me.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now on to today's question.

The time of death had been firmly established. At 10:06 PM, all three suspects said they heard a gunshot echo through the house.  The house was shared by four graduate students; one of which lay dead in his second story bedroom, a bullet in his chest.

Harry, it seemed, had been a ladies man.  He had even bragged about seducing one of his roommates girlfriends.  Unfortunately for the detectives, they didn't know which one.  They separated the three remaining housemates and interviewed each one.

"I was working on my car," Bill insisted.  "I plugged an extension cord into an outlet behind the house.  Then I took a work light around to the side driveway, in front of the garage.  When I heard a gunshot, it took me a moment to realize it came from within the house.  Then I ran inside."

The second suspect entered the room with a noticeable limp. 

"I had just come home," explained Sonny.  "I parked in the alley behind the house.  I was walking up to the back door when I tripped hard over some cord.  I fell down, then just sat there, nursing my ankle.  Maybe two minutes later came the gunshot.  That got me moving."

The third suspect claimed that he had just come down to the kitchen.  "I was starting to scoop out a bowl of ice cream," said Glen.  "Then I heard a noise out back.  I looked out, but it was dark.  I went back to my ice cream.  A couple minutes later, I heard the shot."

The detectives circled the house.  In the kitchen, they found a melted bowl of ice cream on the counter by the fridge.  In the backyard, they saw an orange extension cord with a bent prong that had been ripped from an outdoor socket. Following the extension cord, they found Bill's car in front of the garage, the work light suspended over the open hood. 

"It's pretty clear who's lying," the chief detective said as he went in to make the arrest.

Who did the chief detective think was lying and why?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

An Attack of Gas

"Poison gas," the inspector said when her arrived on the scene.  An empty glass container on the table was the primary evidence.

"Pour one chemical on another."  He pointed to the dead flies on the windowsill at the east end of the room and then at the dead cat on the floor.  "In less than a minute everything in the room would be dead."

The body had been discovered by Espy's son (Gerald Espy being the deceased), Melvin. 

"I was out with some friends on my boat.   I dropped them off at about midnight, then motored back.  There were no lights on at the house, but every now and then the moon would peek through.  I figured Dad was asleep.  So I locked up the house and went straight to bed.  This morning, I went to check up.  He was dead."

The last person to admit to seeing Gerald Espy alive was his business partner, Frank Townley. 

"Frank came in here around midnight," the tavern owner testified.  "He and Espy weren't getting along.  Business was bad and they were both threatening lawsuits.  Frank drank down a slew of scotches.  He told me had just been over to Espy's.  When it came closing time, Frank was dead drunk and asleep.  I just locked up and left him there.  He was still asleep at noon-time when I opened up."

"When I left Gerald's house last night, he was alive," the hung-over Townly said.  "Check the time of death."

"I don't have to check the time of death," the inspector said.  "I have a pretty good idea when it was done and who did it."

Do you know who did it?  Let us know in the comments.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Full Form

I am strongest when you see me as round, but I am often viewed in other forms. I lift and drop the sea with my tremendous strength, and a man with a name like 'powerful bicep' was the first to tread on me.

What am I?

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Fourth of July 2009

Happy Fourth of July! 

Yes, I know, I'm a couple of days early, but I'm on vacation as of the end of today and I won't be back until a week from Monday.  So have a good holiday (if you're in the US). 

Here's some Fourth of July Trivia:

1. On July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was ready for signing, but how long did it take for the signees to finish the job?

2. In what year did Congress finally get arond to making the Fourth a legal holiday?

3. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died within hours of each other on July 4.  How many years had passed between the original Fourth and their deaths.

4. The tricorn was a popular item back when the Declaration of Independence was signed.  It is often seen in depictions from the time.  What is it?

5. Can you name more than four of the individuals who actually signed the Declaration?  What were their names?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rebus Rebus Rebus Rebus

Picture riddles again!  Try your best to interpret the following rebus into common phrases or sayings.





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