Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Camping Spaces

Four couples decided to go camping to the state forest one weekend. Each couple traveled in a different van and each chose a separate camping spot. The camping sites were all labeled with a space number and while they were in the same area, the sites were not touching.

Determine the full name of each couple, the color of their van, and the number of their camping space.

1. Bill, who is not married to Laura, didn't drive a black van.
2. Chuck and his wife Brenda were not camped in space #35.  Brenda's last name is not Forrest.
3. The Lewis couple, who drove a tan van, camped in space #31.
4. Tom camped in a space numbered lower than the one Cindy camped in but higher than the couple who drove in the red van did.
5. Tom isn't married to Mary Tread. Steve Branch didn't drive a blue van.
6. The couple driving the black van camped in space #43.

Husband Names: Bill, Chuck, Tom and Steve.
Wife Names: Laura, Brenda, Cindy, Mary
Last Names: Forrest, Lewis, Tread, Branch
Van Colors: black, tan, red, blue
Spaces: #35, 31, 43, and 29.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Puzzles for Friends

Four friends met for lunch at the local diner. They each ordered a sandwich, one side, and one dessert. Each one ordered something different. Who ordered what?

1. Peter Wish didn't have french fries with his sandwich, which was not roast beef.
2. The man who had the rice pilaf also had chocolate cake.
3. Mr. Tummel, whose first name is not Tim, didn't order the garden salad or the apple pie.
4. Walter didn't order a tuna sandwich or baked potato.
5. Sam thought the hot fudge sundae looked a lot better than his dessert, but he agreed that his side dish was better than Tim's salad.
6. Mr Summer and Peter didn't order a dessert with ice cream.
7. Sam didn't order the baked potato, but he did get the turkey sandwich.
8. The man who got vanilla ice cream, and it wasn't Walter, ordered fries with his sandwich.
9. Mr Wayvern, whose first name wasn't Walter, ordered a ham sandwich but didn't order apple pie.

First Names: Peter, Sam, Tim, and Walter.
Last Names: Summer, Tummel, Wayvern and Wish.
Sandwich: Ham, roast beef, tuna and turkey.
Side dish: Baked potato, french fries, garden salad, and rice pilaf.
Dessert: Apple pie, chocolate cake, hot fudge sundae, and vanilla ice cream.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monopoly Madness

On a recent Saturday evening in Winchester, the Hastons invited the Pleachers and three other couples over for a barbecue and a round of Monopoly. After dinner, the board was set up, and all five couples voted to play as teams.

When all the property was bought and all the trading finished, each team owned two complete blocks of property with not a single odd property left over. (The railroads and the utilities are each considered a block of property).

  • George, who is not Mr. Muller, threw four 10's in a row and paid Ann Dunn each time. 
  • Art, his wife, and the Lowes owned the only properties on which you cannot build hotels. 
  • Bob is not Mr. Haston, and Sue is not Mrs. Pleacher. 
  • Peg and her husband - who owned the utilities -- and the Dunns owned the only street properties whose name does not include "Avenue" or "Place." 
  • Bev and her husband owned both properties with "Saint" in their names. 
  • Tom and his wife owned only four pieces of property, but won the game because they owned the most expensive hotels. 
  • The Hastons placed second because they owned most of one side of the board; third place went to Ben and his wife; fourth to Art and his wife; and the losers were the Pleachers. 
  • Ben and his wife owned five pieces of property. 
  • Dot and her spouse owned the block of three properties immediately following Ben's block of two. 
  • Dot and her spouse also owned the block directly across from their block of three.

From the clues given, can you name the couples, name the blocks of property each owned, and rank them in order from winner to loser?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Logical Dating

Steve, Carlos, Jean and Rose want to take seats in a cinema. There is only 1 aisle seat and the rest are in a line next to it. If Rose want to sit in the aisle seat, Jean wants to sit next to Steve, and Carlos doesn't want to sit next to Jean, how will they sit (starting at the aisle)?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Alien Logic Puzzle

Five aliens, each from different planets, were all, coincidently, testing prototypes of UFO; they were all seen by different people from the Earth.

 Which alien tested which UFO, what planet were they from and who was the earthling that saw them?

1. Sidney, who was beyond scared when he saw a UFO piloted by Targon, who happened to stare out of his UFO window at that moment, did not see the alien from the Planet Outer Zog.
2. Zeebo piloted one of the Alpha UFO's, but George, who didn't spot the Bounty 1 UFO, which was piloted by Wildo or Truffid, didn't see this. The Dweeb or Wildo piloted the other Alpha.
3. The planet with the strangely familiar name of The Inner Ear was the home for the Bounty 1 UFO, which wasn't seen by Wesley
4. Burt, who chose to think that he had been watching too much Star Trek on TV, spotted the alien from Loftland.
5. The planet Dorkonia, inhabited mainly by Dorks, is home to Wildo, who was not spotted tracing across the sky in Alpha Y or Rentaship and not by Jeremy or George. Toola was not the planet home to the UFO Zelphod.
6. The home planet to Alpha Y comes alphabetically before the home planet to Alpha X.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Each of the five students left on the bus live on the street where he or she leaves the bus.  When does each student get off the bus and where do they live?

1. David gets off the bus before Jason and Tim.  Jason leaves before Donna.
2. Heather Avenue is between Candy Street and Evenstar Road.
3. Tim leaves the bus after Bobby.
4. The name of the second person off the bus doesn't begin with D.
5. Donna gets off the bus between Heather Avenue and Milton Junction.  Both of which are before Biddy Street.
6.  The person who gets off the bus next to last lives between Evenstar Road and Biddy Street.

The five students are David, Jason, Tim, Donna, and Bobby.
The five street names are Heather Avenue, Candy Street, Evenstar Road, Milton Junction, and Biddy Street.
The order leaving the bus is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Logic Bunks

Ethan, Scott, Fernando, Damon, Mark and Hiroshi are sharing a cabin at summer camp.  There are six bunks in each cabin, three upper and three lower.  The bunks are numbered 1, 2, and 3 from left to right.  Which boy ended up in each bunk?

1. The tallest boy has the lower bunk below the shortest boy.
2. Ethan is the youngest boy.  He picked a top bunk on the left.
3. Scott has the bunk below Hiroshi.
4. Fernando is the shortest boy.
5. Damon has a bunk below the youngest boy.
6. Scott and Damon are not tall.
7. Hiroshi has a middle bunk to the right of the youngest boy.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Four Pizzas Watched a Football Game

Four guys are watching a football game.  At the beginning of the game, they defrost and cook four pizzas.  They sliced up the pizzas so that the pepperoni pizza had three slices.  The cheese pizza had five slices.  The sausage pizza had four slices and the vegetarian pizza had four slices.

So, which guy ate which kinds of pizza, and how many slices did they have of each?

1. All four guys had four slices.
2. No one ate more than three slices of any one kind.
3. 1 of the pizza slices, a pepperoni one, was chosen by Hank.  Another 1 that he had was vegetarian.
4. 3 of Peter's choices were just one kind.  1 was vegetarian.
5. Two of the guys ate one of each kind.
6. Jason does not like cheese pizza.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Three Bars for Four Boys

Four boys have three candy bars; a Snickers, a Hershey's chocolate bar and a Mars bar.  They agreed to cut one bar into three pieces, one into four pieces and one into five pieces.  They each took turns to pick one piece of a bar of their choice until everyone had three pieces.  Figure out who got which pieces and each of their last names.

1. Smith did not select a Mars piece.
2. Jeremy took two of the four Mars pieces, but no Hershey's.
3. Jones was the only one who did not get a piece of Snickers.
4. Derek and Smith each had one more Hershey's than Tyler.
5. Jason took no Mars pieces.
6. Greene took no Hershey's.
7. Ozzie took one Mars piece.

To be clear: first names are Derek, Jason, Jeremy, and Ozzie.  The last names are Greene, Jones, Smith and Tyler.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Boxes of Paper Clips

A total of 303 whole paper clips are in 12 boxes.  The box with the fewest has four.   Another box has 39.  Based on the following, how many paper clips are in each box?

Box C contains half as many as Box J.
Box F contains 1/10 as many as Box D.
Box L contains 1/5 as many as Box E.
Box H contains five times more than Box F.
Box L contains two fewer than Box C.
Box I contains three times as many as Box C.
Box A contains half as many as Box K.
Box K contains one fewer than Box I.
Box B contains four times as many as Box F.
Box G contains twice that of Box L.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Joan Did Not Set Up Eric

It was midnight when Joan and Eric arrived home. They had just got out of the car when a man stepped out of the shadows and shot Eric at close range. Eric slumped to the ground. The man fired again, as if to ensure that his victim was dead. He then walked away slowly.

Joan collapsed in shock and was taken to the next house by the man who lived there. She was still there when she was questioned by the police the next morning.

The investigation into the affair produced evidence of Eric's involvement years ago in organized crime. Joan, it turns out, was the sole beneficiary of a substantial insurance policy on Eric's life.

Her relationship with the neighbor was unusually close. Not surprisingly, she was considered a prime suspect in the case. Although Joan gave a very detailed description of the shooter, it turned out to be completely false.

Joan had tried to mislead the police, but she was not involved in the homicide. Joan had been very devoted to her husband. Why then did she mislead the police?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Lose Your Temper

No question today, just a quote from Lewis Carol on Sums

`And you do Addition?' the White Queen asked. `What's one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?'

`I don't know,' said Alice. `I lost count.'

`She can't do Addition,' the Red Queen interrupted. `Can you do Subtraction? Take nine from eight.'

`Nine from eight I can't, you know,' Alice replied very readily: `but -- '

`She can't do Subtraction,' said the White Queen. `Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife -- what's the answer to that?'

`I suppose -- ' Alice was beginning, but the Red Queen answered for her. `Bread-and-butter, of course. Try another Subtraction sum. Take a bone from a dog: what remains?'

Alice considered. `The bone wouldn't remain, of course, if I took it -- and the dog wouldn't remain; it would come to bite me -- and I'm sure I shouldn't remain!'

`Then you think nothing would remain?' said the Red Queen.

`I think that's the answer.'

`Wrong, as usual,' said the Red Queen: `the dog's temper would remain.'

`But I don't see how -- '

`Why, look here!' the Red Queen cried. `The dog would lose its temper, wouldn't it?'

`Perhaps it would,' Alice replied cautiously.

`Then if the dog went away, its temper would remain!' the Queen exclaimed triumphantly.

Alice said, as gravely as she could, `They might go different ways.' But she couldn't help thinking to herself, `What dreadful nonsense we are talking!'

`She can't do sums a bit!' the Queens said together, with great emphasis.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

My Friend the Test Pilot

I met my friend the test pilot, who had just received a lot of publicity for a record round-the-world flight by hot-air balloon. With my friend was a little girl of about two. "“What’s her name?"” I asked my friend, whom I hadn’t seen in 5 or 6 years and had gotten married four years ago. "“Same as her mother,"” was the reply. "“Hello, Susan",” I said to the little girl. How did I know if I had never seen the wedding announcement?
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