Thursday, October 29, 2009

Job Request

Fill in the blanks to spell out three jobs.

  1. _I_N_L_A_
  2. _O_D_L_E_
  3. _A_N_Q_I_

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lets Dance

Rearrange the letters in the words below to spell out three dances.

MUG TARZAN AT BOWL

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Help a Friend Out

I was sent an e-mail with the following question. Can you help out?

A friend sent me a question - what is the meaning of

Parcel John Kei

I cannot get it

Can you?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Football Logic

Joseph and his 3 brothers are big fans of the local football team, so they were thrilled to win tickets. The boys wore their favorite jerseys, each a different color, to the game and sat together in 4 seats in a row. Each boy visited the concession stand during a different quarter of the game and bought a different snack from that of his brothers. Use the clues and table below to determine the order in which the boys sat, the colors of their shirts, the quarter in which each boy bought his snack, and what snack each boy bought.

1. The 4 boys are Noah, the red-shirted one, the one who got a snack during the first quarter, and the one who bought a hot dog.
2. The fan who bought a snack during the 2nd quarter sat between the fans who bought popcorn and nachos.
3. Daniel sat next to both the fan who bought a hot dog and the one who visited the concession stand in the first quarter.
4. The green-shirted fan sat to the left of Stephen, who did not sit next to the popcorn muncher.
5. The blue-shirted fan sat next to both the red-shirted and yellow-shirted fans.
6. One boy got pizza in the 4th quarter.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Good Hand

Pretend you have five cards: a ten, a jack, a queen, a king and an ace. Shuffle the cards together, then place the cards facedown. Select four cards, returning each card and re-shuffling the deck after each pick, what kind of hand would you more likely draw: four aces or a straight picked in sequence?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ghee and Shinty... Must be a Good Combination

Last night I saw these two trivia questions and could not answer them. Can you?

1) What is a ghee?

2) Shinty is a form of what sport?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Two Fer the Price of One

1) What phrase is being suggested below?
SH
TT
RG
EN


And just to mix things up --
2) The words white and black are antonyms.
What two words, one rhyming with white and the other with black, are also antonyms?

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Rent is Due on Monday

RENT DEBATE is an anagram for what female name?




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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Fast Could a Frog Swim if A Frog Could Swim?

There is a frog, dead in the middle of an island. If he swims north, the distance to the mainland is 2 meters. If he swims south, the distance to the mainland is 3 meters. If he swims east or west, the distance is 4 meters. Which way does he swim?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Disqualified! What Do You Mean Disqualified!

A runner was awarded a prize for finishing first in a marathon.  But after seeing two pictures of the runner and his wristwatch, the judges ended up disqualifying him.  Why?

There is no 'right' answer to this one.  It's one of those lateral thinking puzzles.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Finish the Series

2/3, 7/12, 1/2, 5/12, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, ?

What's the next number in the series?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Marbles in a Box, Marbles with a Fox

We have six white marbles, one red marble and four black marbles in a box.  What would be the smallest number of marbles that we need to take out of the box to guarantee that we get three of the same color?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Marbles in Boxes

There are three boxes in front of you.  They are labeled BB, WW and BW.  In one box, there are two black marbles, in another there are two white marbles.  In the third box there is one black and one white marble.

No label corresponds to the marbles in its box.

What would be the smallest number of marbles that must be randomly picked, from one or several boxes, to identify their contents?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Seventy-Six Going on Eighteen

The famous composer, who wrote the Barber of Seville, blew out 18 candles on his birthday cake.  Nine months later, he was dead.  He was 76 at the time. 

Can you explain this?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A Couple of Days

1) If yesterday had been Wednesday's tomorrow and tomorrow is Sunday's yesterday, what day would today be?

2) Annie left on a trip the day after the day before yesterday and she will be back the eve of the day after tomorrow.  How many days is she away?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A Cup of Coffee a Day Keeps the Jitters Away... Oh... Wait

On March 15, a friend was telling me, "Every day I have a cup of coffee.  I drank 31 cups in January, 28 in February and 15 in March.  So far, I drank 74 cups of coffee.  Do you know how many cups I would have drunk thus far if it had been a leap year?"

Well, do you?

Monday, October 05, 2009

Pictures Can Be Clues

That's right, more rebus!  The arrangement of words provide the clues to common items or phrases.  Unfortunately, I make no guarantees to the formatting.  I think I got it right this time, but if it doesn't quite look right, please let me know.


1)
         words
funny words
         words
funny words

2)
thodeepught

3)
leggggggggggs
leggggggggggs

4)
slewalkep

5)
  got
  got call
I got call
  gott

6)
P
R
I
C
E

Friday, October 02, 2009

Trickle Down

Here is a five-letter 'trickle down' puzzle.  Change one letter at a time to reach the final word (each step along the way has to be a legitimate word).

TIMER
_____

_____
_____
_____
DUNKS

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Brothers Keeper

A hiker was traveling up the steep sides of Pine Gorge when he heard the distant squeal of tires. The hiker looked up just in time to see a red convertible slam through a guard rail and sail out into the deep gorge.  The driver was thrown clear of the vehicle seconds before impact. 

The highway patrol found the bloody body of Blue Michaels smashed up on the rocks. Inside the car were several loose rocks, a tangle of broken branches, and more blood on the seat and dashboard.

The Michaels saga was well known to the local community.  Blue had been engaged to the town beauty, Red Ferreli. But the engagement was broken when Blue found out Red had been stepping out with one of his brothers.  No one was sure which brother had betrayed Blue so badly.

The patrolmen visited the Michaels lodge, located a half mile up hill from where the accident occurred.   Blue's two brothers seemed devastated by the news.

"Blue was in a funk," Dirk testified.  "He'd been drinking all morning.  Finally, he just grabbed his car keys and said he was going for a drive.  I yelled at him and told him he was in no state to go anywhere.  I didn't hear the motor, so I thought he'd listened.  Then a couple of minutes later, I heard his car peel out.  I would've gone after him, but there was this play-off game on T.V.  I had no idea he'd kill himself."

Eli confirmed his brother's story.  " I was in the garage office, working on my computer when I heard the front door slam.  I looked out the window and saw Blue stumbling around the driveway.  I went back to work until I heard the ignition.  I looked out and saw Blue driving off in his convertible, weaving down the road.  I wasn't too worried.  Not until you guys showed up."

The police immediately concentrated their investigation on one of the brothers and were soon able to get a confession. 

Who did it?
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