Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anyone Know if This is a True Story?

A drawing of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge.Image via Wikipedia
A long, long time ago - before airplanes were invented, a suspension bridge was being built to span the gorge near Niagara Falls.

However, there was no way a boat could carry the necessary suspension cables across the violent water, and the bridge could not be built until the cables spanned the river.

In desperation, the builders staged a contest, open to the public, as a way to solve their problem.

The contest was won by a young boy. Soon afterwords, the cables spanned the water.

What was the contest and how did it solve the problem?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How Do You Spell That

Down below the shining moon
Around the trees, a sacred gloom
Running with the midnight sky
Knowing that which makes you cry
Night is full with my essence
Eternal light betrays my presence
Soaring through my endless task
Shadows are my faithful mask

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Odd or Even

Which word is the odd one out:

First, Second, Third, Forth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eight Stamps

This silver yuan overprint on a revenue stamp ...Image via Wikipedia
The Grand Master takes a set of 8 stamps, 4 red and 4 green, known to the logicians, and loosely affixes two to the forehead of each logician so that each logician can see all the other stamps except those 2 in the Grand Master's pocket and the two on her own forehead. He asks them in turn if they know the colors of their own stamps:

A: "No."
B: "No."
C: "No."

A: "No."
B: "Yes."

What color stamps does B have?

Friday, September 24, 2010

I Can Feel the Weekend Coming On

I am a path situated between high natural masses. Remove my first letter and you have a path situated between man-made masses. What am I?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ghosts in the Halls

Eating white is what I mostly do.
If quick enough, a fruit and some things blue.
When you see pink, sky blue, orange, or red,
It would be wise to turn my yellow head.
In a dark room with blue walls.
I run from the ghosts that roam the halls.
What am I?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Three Brothers

USMC MarathonImage via Wikipedia
Three brothers share a family sport: a non-stop marathon.

The oldest one is fat and short and trudges slowly on.
The middle brother's tall, slim, and keeps a steady pace.
The youngest runs just like the wind, speeding through the race.

"He's young in years, we let him run," The other brothers say "Cause though he's surely number one, he's second, in some way."

Who are the three brothers?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My IP Address Was on a Very Short Street

The designers of TCP/IP defined an IP address as a 32-bit number, known as Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) (Source: Wikipedia). Unfortunately, with the global demand for the internet increasing every day, the people who maintain the system realized the number of addresses would be quickly over run.  How many addresses could be made up using the IPv4 system?

The new system uses 128-bit numbers.  How many addresses are possible under this new system?

Monday, September 20, 2010

License Plates

How many license plates are allowable by state law, if licence plate numbers have 3 letters folllowed by 4 digits? Keep in mind that the state restricts the number pattern 0000.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Number 79 to 47

I am periodically the number 79. They once tried to make me from 29. If you add to me 80, I will appear to be 47 temporarily. What am I?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Still Loved

Sometimes I am loved,
Usually by the young.
Other times I am dreaded,
Mostly by the old ones.
I am hard to remember,
Also hard to forget.
And yet if you do,
You'll make someone upset.
I occur every day
Everyone has to face me.
Even if you don't want it
To happen; embrace me.
What am I?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By Adam

1. Which word retains the same pronunciation when you take away four of its five letters?

2. A man was to be sentenced in court, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free. What did the man say?

These are the two other puzzles submitted by Adam. Thanks again, Adam!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Maybe Too Philosophical?

Truth liesImage via Wikipedia
If I tell you “everything I tell you is a lie” then am I telling you the truth or a lie?

This one was submitted by Adam Williams. Thanks Adam!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

A Couple of Logic Questions

MouseImage via Wikipedia
1. What is red and smells like blue paint?

2. So, you bought a cute little girl mouse at the pet store. This mouse can breed once every month, 7 babies at a time. So how many mice will you own in exactly twelve months?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

My Breeding is Unclear

My first is a creature whose breeding is unclear. My second, a price you must pay. My whole can be found in the river of Time and refers to events of today. What am I?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

True Beauty Shades

I with borrowed silver shine,
What you see is none of mine.
First I show you but a quarter,
like the bow that guards the Tartar;
Then the half, and then the whole,
ever dancing around the pole;
And true it is, I chiefly owe
my beauty to the shades below.
What am I?

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The truth is apparently rejected.

Many feathers to help it fly,
a body and a head,
but it's not alive,
you determine how far it goes,
you can hold it in your hand,
but it is never thrown.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

In desperation it is expressed,

Life is often a volume of grief,
I need your help to turn a leaf,
My spine is stiff,
And my body is pale,
But I'm always ready,
To tell a tale.
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