Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feasting Bright Upon the Eyes

I know a thousand faces, and count the tailed heads, feasting bright upon the eyes, of many who have died. Wielding well a mighty power, who hath but humble stature.

What am I?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Riddle Without Weapons

I defend without weapons, stand without legs, wound without force, and am harder to fight than to kill. What am I?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Keys Made by Jake

A skeleton key.Image via Wikipedia
Mary and Linda were two of the first five people who came into Jake's Hardware yesterday. Each of the five, including Jones and Silkwood, wanted to have a key duplicated. From this information and the clues, can you determine the full names of Jake's first five customers, the order in which they visited the store, and what type of key each had copied?

  1. None of the five has the same first and last initial.
  2. The first customer duplicated a key to her boat and the fifth duplicated her car key.
  3. Sam was Jake's customer before John, but not just before.
  4. One customer, not John, duplicated a house key.
  5. Smith is not the one who got a key to a garage duplicated.
  6. Susan got a copy of her office key made.
  7. Mills got a key after the one who got a garage key made.
  8. Larkin isn't the one who got an office key.

In no particular order:
Order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
First Name: Sam, John, Susan, Mary, Linda
Last Name: Jones, Silkwood, Smith, Mills, Larkin
Type of Key: Boat, Car, House, Garage, Office

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Plumber, a Carpenter and an Electrician Walk Into a Bar

A plumber, a carpenter, and an electrician applied for jobs with a famous construction firm. From the information given below can you identify each worker's full name, job, and age?

Names: Federer, Nadal, Agassi.
Surnames: Tim, John, Bjorn.
Ages: 25, 30, 35 (but not respectively).

2. Tim, the electrician, is older than Federer.

3. Nadal is the carpenter.

4. The plumber is 30 years old.

5. The youngest worker of the three is not called Bjorn.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lady or the Tiger

The king explained to the prisoner that in Room 1, if a lady is in it, then the sign on the door is true. But if a tiger is in it, the sign is false. In the Room II, the situation is the opposite: a lady in the room means the sign on the door is false, and a tiger in the room means the sign is true. It is possible that both rooms contain ladies or both rooms contain tigers, or that one room contains a lady and the other a tiger.

Room 1 Sign: Both rooms contain ladies
Room 2 Sign: Both rooms contain ladies

Pointing to the signs, the king asked the prisoner which room did he wish to choose?

This puzzle comes from the Lady or the Tiger

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dancing Partners

Eadweard Muybridge's phenakistoscope "A C...Image via Wikipedia
At the annual dancer's ball a number of very experienced dancers performed their favourite dance with their favourite partners. Alan danced the tango, whilst Becky watched the waltz. James and Charlotte were fantastic together. Keith was magnificent during his foxtrot and Simon excelled at the rumba. Jessica danced with Alan, but Laura did not dance with Simon.

Can you determine who danced with whom and which dance they each enjoyed?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Which Spy Did the Deed

- First Name - Surname - Code Name
1. Nick - Hing - Hadenov
2. Choo - Anfit - Fingsarov
3. Hans - Errs - Nodapov
4. Baz - Teale - Tikelikov

At the Spy-of-the-Year competition, the results had just been announced. The problem was, someone had tampered with the paper they were written on, altering the order, so that although each item was in the correct column, only one item in each column was correctly positioned. The judges could only remember the following facts about the correct order.

1) Hing was not second
2) Nodapov was one place above Teale
3) Neither Fingsarov nor Nodapov was first
4) Hing was one place below Nick
5) Neither Hans nor Nick were third.

Friday, March 18, 2011

I Can See Clearly

What builds up castles, tears down mountains, makes some blind, helps others to see?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Emeralds and Diamonds

I am emeralds and diamonds, lost by the moon. I am found by the sun and picked up soon. What am I?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Two Four

Some have one. Some have two. Some have four. None have three.

What are they?

EDIT: Sorry for those who tried to answer this as it was originally written. I've fixed it so that it says none have three.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Little Scrabble Help, Please

What 5 letter word can be rearranged 3 different times to get 3 different words each containing 1 more syllable than the last?

Hint: The word has no duplicates of letters.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A woman owns a pie shop and the first day she had 13 customers, the second day she had 14 customers, the third 95, and the fourth 62. Following the sequence, how many customers will she have tomorrow?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

How to Jog

Jenn picked a book off the highest shelf in her room. On the spine she read "How to Jog". She ran out of the room and opened the book but found it had absolutely nothing to do with jogging.

What was the book about?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


A human black hair surface in light microscope...Image via Wikipedia
A boy and a girl are talking.

"I am a boy" - said the child with black hair.

"I am a girl" - said the child with white hair.

At least one of them lied. Who is the boy and who is the girl?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Five Gears

A non-circular gearImage via Wikipedia
There are five gears connected in a row, the first one is connected to the second one, the second one is connected to the third one, and so on.

How much faster would the last gear be if the second gear was twice the size of the first gear, and all the other gears were the same size as the first gear?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Words in Common

What do these words have in common: age, blame, curb, dance, evidence, fence, gleam, harm, interest, jam, kiss, latch, motion, nest, order, part, quiz, rest, signal, trust, use, view, win, x-ray, yield, zone?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Hiking Through the Forest

I got it in a forest but didn't want it. Once I had it, I couldn't see it. The more I searched for it, the less I liked it. I took it home in my hand because I could not find it. What was it?
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