16.10.17

Brain Teaser: "Decapitation"


Decapitation
Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.

What am I?


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Solution


The word Seven.

seven
even (equal)
eve (2nd person, according to the Bible)
v (Roman numeral five; two less than seven)

Now you get it :D

14.10.17

Forward and Back - Brain Teaser


Forward and Back

Each pair of hints below relates to two words. One of the words is the other one spelled backward. What are the ten word pairs?

Example: married, moisture
Answer: wed, dew

1. light source, rodents
2. dwell, wicked
3. retain, sneaking look
4. weapons, tight fit
5. portion, catching device
6. prize, furniture compartment
7. drinking aid, skin blemishes
8. stopper, big swallow
9. implement, stolen goods
10. precinct, illustrate


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Solution

1. star, rats
2. live, evil
3. keep, peek
4. guns, snug
5. part, trap
6. reward, drawer
7. straw, warts
8. plug, gulp
9. tool, loot
10. ward, draw

13.10.17

Old Mother Suzie - Brain Teaser

 
Old Mother Suzie

Old Mother Suzie had but one eye,
And a long tail that she would let fly.
Every time she went over a gap,
Part of her tail would get caught in a trap.
Who is Mother Suzie?


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Solution

A Needle and Thread

24.7.17

Brain Teaser: "Epitaphs"

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Epitaphs
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Below are four epitaphs (writing on gravestones). From the writings, can you tell the occupation of each person?

1. Here lies Mortimer Bibbs.
He took part of ours and gave it to big brother, but he always had good form.

2. Here lies Dirk McDuff, who toppled giants with weapons of steel. If only he'd heard his partner's shout before the giants found their revenge.

3. Here lies Suzy Smelt. She constructed many a bomb but mostly brought smiles to our faces.

4. Here lies Ethel Grant. She spent her whole life fighting with what she will now become.


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1. Mortimer was a tax man.
2. Dirk was a lumberjack (and died because he didn't hear his partner yell "Timber!").
3. Suzy was a comedienne.
4. Ethel was a maid, always fighting dust (referring to "ashes to ashes and dust to dust").
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17.7.17

Brain Teaser: Spazy Croonerisms 6

Brain Teaser: Spazy Croonerisms 6
Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters

A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) spoiled Neanderthal child & courageous cougar
2) child of a sorceress & liquid in a trench
3) milk and cheese & fops who are imaginary beings with magical powers
4) fondle feathers & Amsterdam


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Solution

1) cave brat & brave cat
2) witch daughter & ditch water
3) dairy foods & fairy dudes
4) touch down & Dutch town

12.5.17

Brain Teaser:: Grandmas and Trolls [12-5-17]

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Grandmas and Trolls

Math brain teasers require computations to solve.

You are on your way to visit your Grandma, who lives at the end of the valley. It's her birthday, and you want to give her the cakes you've made.

Between your house and her house, you have to cross 7 bridges, and as it goes in the land of make believe, there is a troll under every bridge! Each troll, quite rightly, insists that you pay a troll toll. Before you can cross their bridge, you have to give them half of the cakes you are carrying, but as they are kind trolls, they each give you back a single cake.

How many cakes do you have to leave home with to make sure that you arrive at Grandma's with exactly 2 cakes?
                                                   

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Solution

2: At each bridge you are required to give half of your cakes, and you receive one back. Which leaves you with 2 cakes after every bridge.
 

6.5.17

Brain Teaser: Live Above a Star

Brain Teaser: Live Above a Star
Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

I live above a star, and yet I never burn,
I have eleven neighbors, and yet none of them turn,
I am visited in sequence, first, last or in between,
PRS (& sometimes Q) are my initials,
Now, tell me what I mean.


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Solution


The ''7'' on the telephone keypad
(new ones have the letter Q with the PRS)

20.3.17

Brain Teaser: Behead G

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Brain Teaser:  Behead G

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

When you behead a word, you remove the first letter and still have a valid word. You will be given clues for the two words, longer word first.
Example: Begin -> Sour, acidic
Answer: The words are Start and Tart.

1. Firm earth -> Circular
2. Tomb; serious -> Talk wildly or madly
3. Dead spirit -> Person who entertains guests
4. Spectacles -> Young maidens
5. Happy, joyous -> Youth; boy
6. Precious metal -> Advanced in years
7. Increase in size -> Move a boat with oars
8. Large boat with oars -> Narrow back street


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Hint


The shorter words start with these letters:
1. R
2. R
3. H
4. L
5. L
6. O
7. R
8. A


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Solution

1. Ground -> Round
2. Grave -> Rave
3. Ghost -> Host
4. Glasses -> Lasses
5. Glad -> Lad
6. Gold -> Old
7. Grow -> Row
8. Galley -> Alley
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