Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dagger Thrust to the Heart

A dagger thrust at my own heart,
Dictates the way I’m swayed.
Left I stand, and right I yield,
To the twisting of the blade.

What am I?

This one reminds me of Kingdom Hearts.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Five Women and Five Household Items

Five women each purchase a household item for use in a different room.  Can you work out the full name of each woman, her item and where she keeps it?

1. Mrs. Simpson does not keep her item in the bedroom.
2. Amy has a television; Mrs. Griggs has a radio.
3. Kylie does not keep her item in the bedroom.
4. Clara does not have a telephone.
5. Mrs. Williams does not keep her item in the kitchen.
6. Kylie keeps hers in the conservatory.
7. Michelle has a bookcase; Mrs. Dingle has a computer.
8. Michelle does not keep her in the living room.
9. Mrs. Pringle keeps hers in the study; Roxanne keeps hers in the kitchen.

First Names: Amy, Clara, Kylie, Michelle, Roxanne
Last Names: Dingle, Griggs, Pringle, Simpson, Williams
Items: Bookcase, Computer, Radio, Telephone, Television
Locations: Bedroom, Conservatory, Kitchen, Living Room, Study

Speaking of WOT series, anyone have an update on when the last book is due out?  I can't believe I've been reading this series for 20 years, now.

Monday, November 28, 2011

First Is Often at the Front Door

My first is often at the front door.
My second is found in the cereal family.
My third is what greed leads you to acquire.
My whole is one of the united states.

Seriously, is Angry Birds getting to be everywhere?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pilgrims Trivia

Last year, I left you with some Thanksgiving trivia.  This year I think I'll post some trivia questions on the Mayflower and the Pilgrims.  Since I'll be gone until next week, the answers are posted below the questions.

1. You know about the Mayflower, but what was the name of the other ship the Pilgrims had planned on carrying then to the New World?
2.  What country did the Pilgrims leave from?
3. How many children were born on the Mayflower during the voyage?
4.  How many days did it take before the first land fall?
5.  John Carver was the first governor of the Plymouth Colony, how many terms did he serve?
6.  102 passengers set sail, 102 passengers made landing (one birth and one death).  But how many survived that first winter?
7.  What was the name of the tribe that helped the Pilgrims and later celebrated that first Thanksgiving with them?
8. Who was the captain of the Mayflower?

1. Speedwell was the name of the other ship.  After having trouble and having to turn around twice, the Pilgrims decided to travel on the Mayflower alone.
2. The Pilgrims had been living in the Netherlands but left from England on Sept 6, 1620.
3.  One, his name was Oceanus.
4.  66 days, for an average of 2 mph.
5. He was elected twice, the first time he was elected in November 1620, while aboard the Mayflower.  He was again elected in March 1621.  He died just one month later in April 1621.
6.  Only 51 survived the first winter in Plymouth.
7.  The Wampanoag tribe, which was led by Massassoit.
8.  The captain of this ship was Christopher Jones.   During that first winter, the Mayflower crew also suffered there in Plymouth, with almost half dying.  It did not leave until April 5, 1621.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Magnetic Bar of Iron

There are two bars of iron. One bar is magnetized along its length, while the other is not. Using just the two bars, without any other items, how can you tell which bar is magnetized and which bar is not?

I do like the Geronimo Stilton series.  The Kingdom of Fantasy series in particular has been enjoyable.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Counting Odd One Out

Which word is the odd one out: First Second Third Forth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth.

Has anyone tried the Kindle Fire? I'm wondering if it's as good as all the press.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Missing Gallows

An old parchment describes the location of buried treasure:”On the island there are only two trees, A and B, and the remains of a gallows. Start at the gallows and count the steps required to walk in a straight line to tree A. At the tree turn 90 degrees to the left and then walk forward the same number of steps. At the point where you top drive a spike into the ground.

Now return to the gallows and walk in a straight line, counting your steps, to tree B. When you reach the tree, turn 90 degrees to the right and take the same number of steps forward, placing another spike at the point where you stop. Dig at the point exactly halfway between the spikes and you will find the treasure.”

However, our hero when he gets to the island finds the gallows missing. Is there any way he can still get to the treasure?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Quick Logic on Bees and Flowers

In a pond there are some flowers with some bees hovering over the flowers. How many flowers and bees are there if both the following statements are true:

1. If each bee lands on a flower, one bee doesn’t get a flower.
2. If two bees share each flower, there is one flower left out.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Which Man Died?

There are five acquaintances. One of them shot and killed one of the other five. Which man is the murderer?
1. Dan ran in the NY City marathon yesterday with one of the innocent men.
2. Mike considered being a farmer before he moved to the city.
3. Jeff is a top-notch computer consultant and wants to install Ben's new computer next week.
4. The murderer had his leg amputated last month and has not recovered fully.
5. Ben met Jack for the first time six months ago.
6. Jack has been in seclusion since the crime.
7. Dan used to drink heavily.
8. Ben and Jeff built their last computers together.
9. The murderer is Jack’s brother; they grew up together in Seattle.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Five Gates

A joy to hold or hold for joy
Windows out or maybe in
Never filled but too much may lessen
And sometimes to be, lost in the cold
 Whilst another finds the spice of life
But in truth.

Gates to the world?

Monday, November 07, 2011

A Time When They're Green

A time when they're green,
A time when they're brown.
But both of these times cause me to frown.
But just in between for a very short while,
They're perfect and yellow and cause me to smile!

What are they?

His Dark Materials is good so far.  I'm thrown off by the start of the second book, though.  To start off with a whole new main character is disturbing after focusing in so much on Lyra in the first.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Steps Into It

What does a dog do, that a man steps into?

And no, I'm not going for the obvious answer!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

One is Sitting Down But Will Never Get Up

I give you a group of three,
One is sitting down but will never get up,
The second eats as much as is given to him,
yet is always hungry.
The third goes away and never returns...

What are they?

No one seems to be responding to my questions about what they're reading?

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

All About But Cannot Be Seen

All about but cannot be seen,
can be captured,
cannot be held,
no throat but can be heard.

What am I?

Exploding stones?  Who would have thought?

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