March Brain Teasers
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Brain Teasers: A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers.
Today's can be found below....
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A perplexing problem is how to get yourself, a fox, a chicken, and a bag of grain across a river. Your boat is only large enough to carry you and one of the others at any one crossing. Yet, if you leave the fox alone with the chicken he will devour it. And should you leave the chicken alone with the grain you would inevitably have to take both at once since the one would be inside the other. How can they all be taken safely across without any unwanted lunch stops during the process?
Two Trick Teasers
1. If you started boring a hole through the earth from New York, where would you
2. A man walks into a his bathroom and shoots himself right between the eyes using a real gun with real bullets. He walks out alive, with no blood anywhere. And no, he didn't miss and he wasn't Superman or any other caped crusader. How did he do this?
I'm a 5 digit number,
the first and last digits are the same and add up to an even
Multiply that number by its self and the number is under 10 and
That will be the fourth number.
Subtract five from it and it will be the second number.
Divide it in half and that is my third number.
What am I?
It's About Age...
1. In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995 that same person is 10 years
old. How is this possible?
2. A man was born in 1955. He's alive and well today at age 33. How is this possible?
1. An explorer undertakes to cross a desert with the help of porters. The length of the trail corresponds to 6 days walk. But the explorer, like each porter, can carry only 4 days food. How many porters does the explorer need? In fact, can he cross at
2. A worker is to perform work for you for seven straight days. In return for his work, you will pay him 1/7th of a bar of gold per day. The worker requires a daily payment of 1/7th of the bar of gold. What and where are the fewest number of cuts to the bar of gold that will allow you to pay him 1/7th each day?
Sabrina gave Samantha as many dollars as Samantha started out with. Samantha then gave Sabrina back as much as Sabrina had left. Sabrina then gave
Samantha as back as many dollars as Samantha had left, which left Sabrina broke and gave Samantha a total of $80.00. How much did Sabrina and Samantha have at the beginning of their exchange?
Four athletes, Ann, Bea, Carol, and Dorothy went out one morning and ran a race. At the end of the race, the following statements were made:
Ann: "I didn't come in first or last."
Bea: "I didn't come in last."
Carol: "I was first."
Dorothy: "I was last."
It is known that one, and one only, of the four athletes is lying.
Who won the race?
I'm as small as an ant, as big as a whale. I'll approach like a breeze, but can come like a
By some I get hit, but all have shown fear. I'll dance to the music, though I can't hear. Of
I have many, of names I have one. I'm as slow as a snail, but from me you can't run. What am I?
Looking for Letters...
1. A simple 3 letter word has been taken out of each of the following words. Can you figure it out?
2. Insert the missing letter: J ? M A M J J A
3. What are the next two letters in the following series and why?
W A T N T L I T F S _ _
A Grab Bag Of Teasers...
1. A 30 year old man married a 25 year old woman. She died at age 50 and her husband was so devastated that he cried for years. Ten years after he stopped crying, he died. If he had lived to be 80, how many years was he a widower?
2. Write down a mathematical expression, having a value of 24, which uses three equal digits, none of them being 8.
3. Three boys have twenty walnuts between them. Billy has three more walnuts than Alan, but five fewer than Charlie. How many walnuts do they each have?
4. You have 10 trees you need to make 5 rows of 4. How do you do it?
Trick or Tricky...
1. An elderly man is going for a walk. Two young men in excellent physical condition are directly behind him, sprinting toward him. No matter how fast they run, they do not catch up with the man. Why can't the men catch up with the elderly man and where are all three people?
2. I am never quite what I appear to be. Straight-forward I
seem, but it's only skin deep, for mystery most often lies beneath my
simple speech. Sharpen your wits, open your eyes, look beyond my exteriors, read me backwards, forwards, upside down.
Think critically and answer the question...What am I?
1. In October you would do this once. In November you would do this twice. In December you would do this three times. You would never do it in January. What is it?
2. A word I know,
Six letters it contains,
Subtract just one,
And twelve is what remains.
1. Little Johnny buys 10 trees at a local nursery. How does he plant these 10 trees in 5 rows with 4 in each row?
2. Find three whole, positive numbers that have the same answer when multiplied together as when added together.
Name the US (nationally observed) holiday that goes with each keyword.
Example: gifts = Christmas
"I have a dream"
Arrange twenty cubes in four piles using these clues:
1. All piles contain an even number of cubes
2. There are twice as many cubes in the first pile as in the second
3. The largest number of cubes is in the first pile.
4. All piles have a different number of cubes.
5. Each pile has at least one cube.
How many cubes would be in each pile?
1. You're stuck in a room with really short leprechauns. They are really loud, and very annoying. Bob is 2'5, Barry is 2'2, Brad is 2'5, Bryan is 2'1, and Brittany is 2'1. Who is the tallest?
2. What happened in the middle of the twentieth century that will not happen again for 4,000
UP and Down
1. What can go up a chimney down, but can’t go down a chimney up? (Hint... chim chimminy)
2. What is it that goes up and goes down but does not move?
Just Plain Stupid....
1. There is a room. The shutters are blowing in. There is broken glass on
the floor. There is water on the floor. You find Flippy dead on the floor.
Who is Flippy? How did Flippy die?
2. How much dirt would be in a hole 6 feet deep and 6 feet wide that has
been dug with a square edged shovel?
Solve the 10 clues. Take each initial letter, to form a new 10 letter word.
1. Polite greeting
2. Opposite of begin
3. It comes from a bulb
4. Eskimo's home
5. Another name for an axe (or ax)
6. Black Sabbath front man
7. Where a child may play
8. Large vessel for liquids
9. To change something
10. Neither left, nor wrong
1. Eliminate all the days of the week except for one, and to be
forthright about it, this day is NOT the day after Sunday or the day before Wednesday. It can't be that Saturday is tomorrow, nor can it be that Saturday
was yesterday. It most certainly couldn't be two days before yesterday, and while we're at it, let's eliminate
Thursday. What day is it?
2. Pronounced as one letter, And written with three, Two letters there
are, And two only in me. I'm double,
I'm single, I'm black blue and gray, I'm read from both ends,
And the same either way.
1. Grandpa was feeling generous, so he gave a total of $100 to his five grandchildren. Starting with the youngest, each got $2.00 more than the next younger one. In other words, the youngest got one sum, the next got $2.00 more, and so on. How much did the youngest grandchild get?
2. If you could have a penny a day for 30 days, doubled every day, or $10,000 right now, which would give you more money?
A group of soldiers were standing in the blistering sun facing due west. Their sergeant shouted at
In which direction are they now facing?
It's About Time
1. A train leaves Edinburgh at 8:00 a.m. and travels to London at 60 mph. At 9:00 a.m. another train leaves London and travels towards Edinburgh at 90 mph. Which train is the nearer to London when they pass?
2. Fitzgerald drove 30 miles to work every day. He averaged the same speed going to work as he did coming from work. It took him one hour and thirty minutes to drive to work. Yet it only took him
ninety minutes to drive home. How come?
1. What is the longest word in the dictionary?
2. What 7 letter word becomes longer when the third letter is removed?
3. What common English word will describe a person or thing as not being found in any place and yet with no changes other than a space between syllables, will correctly describe that person or thing as being actually present at this very moment?
4. I know a word of letters three, add two and fewer there will be?
Mixed Up Letters
1. All these letters but one have something in common. What letter doesn't belong and what do the others have in
2. Unscramble the below 4 words.
P C A M
K L E A N
G A M I R N
O T T E I M U
What word in Group 1 should go into Group 2?
My first is in yesterday, but not in today;
My second is in after, but not in before;
My third is in start, and also in stop;
My fourth is the 20th letter of the English alphabet;
My fifth is in correct but not in wrong;
and my sixth is in pretty, but not in cute.
My whole is something celebrated by Christians.
What is this teaser referring to?
Several contestants are in a chocolate-bunny eating contest. After 20 minutes of stuffing their faces, all of the bunnies have been eaten. One of the contestants remarks, "Isn't it interesting that there were 7 times as many bunnies as contestants, but that each of us ate a different number of bunnies?" Another contestant replies, "That certainly is interesting. I always eat the ears first and I noticed that when we had eaten a third of the bunnies that there were 4 fewer than 10 times as many bunny ears as human noses in the contest." How many bunnies and contestants were in the contest?
I may come in groups of twelve,
From farms or from a store,
The thing that made me,
Made many of me galore!
I could give birth to a creature,
Or be eaten by you,
For breakfast, lunch, or dinner,
Now here's your last clue.
I have walls and floors of white
A disco ball in the middle,
A very round one that's yellow,
And I am very little.
What am I?
It's All About Ages........
1. Eight years ago, Sam was eight times the age of his son Sam Jr. Today, if you add their ages together, they add up to 52. How old are Sam and his son?
2. The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father's age is the son's age reversed. How old could they be? (3 possible solutions).
3. When asked how old she was, Suzie replied, "In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago." How old is she?
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