May Brain Teasers
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1st

Bill, John, and Fred are going to marry Betty, Joan, and Sally. Tell which girl is going to marry  which man if the following facts are true: Bill is a lawyer. Betty is not engaged to the engineer.  The doctor's future wife is not Joan. John is engaged to Sally. Fred is the engineer.
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2nd

1. If you reverse the digits of my age, you have the age of my son. A year ago, I was twice his age. How old are we both now?

2. If Susan is 10, Arabella is 20, and Jim and Neal are both 5, but Richard is 10, how much is Jennifer by the same system?
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3rd

Quick Solutions

1. Tom is younger than Rose, but older than Will and Jack, in that order. Rose is younger than Susie, but older than Jack. Jack is younger than Jim. Susie is older than Rose, but younger than Jim. Jim is older than Tom. Who is the oldest?

2. If seven people meet each other and each shakes hands only once with each of the others, how many handshakes will there have been?
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4th

"About Time"

1. Two cyclists are racing around a circular track. Pierre can ride once around the track in 6 minutes, Louis takes 4 minutes. How many minutes will it take for Louis to lap Pierre?

2. A snail is at the bottom of a well 30 feet deep. It crawls up 3 feet each day, but at night, it slips down 2 feet. How long does it take for the snail to crawl out the well?
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5th

Two Quick Ones Today....

1. What's so special about the following sentence?
A big cuddly dog emitted fierce growls, happily ignoring joyful kids licking minute nuts on pretty queer rotten smelly toadstools underneath vampires who x-rayed young zombies.

2. What do these 3 have in common?
Superman, Moses, The Cabbage Patch Kids
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6th

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?
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7th

The following is a new variation of an old friend. Though it looks rather complicated and difficult, it is absurdly easy if properly attacked. If a hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half; how many and a half who lay better by half will lay half a score and a half in a week and a half?
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8th

Numbers

1. What is the five-digit number, no zeroes, in which the second digit is three times the first, the third is one more than the second, the fourth is four times the first, and the last is one-half more than the second?

2. What are the two missing numbers in the series below?
_ _ 3 3 7 7 2 3 6 5
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9th

Shopping can present a terrible dilemma, the new couple discovered. Three pounds of potatoes and two pounds of eggplants cost \$2.25. Or they could just buy eggplants for the same amount of money and make a casserole out of all those eggplants. But potatoes are cheaper than eggplants. How much did potatoes cost per pound?
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10th

1. With thieves I consort, With the vilest, in short, I'm quite at my ease in depravity; Yet all divines use me, And savants can't lose me, For I am the center of gravity. Who or what am I?

2. I live above a star, but do not burn.
I have 11 friends that do not turn.
My initials are PRS.
What am I?
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11th

Patty doesn't feel she is really a child anymore. Ten years ago, her mother was five times her age. Now she is three sevenths of her mother's age, and in five years she will be half her mother's age. How old will she be when she is half her mother's age?
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12th

It's all about words....

1. He starts and ends 2 common English words. One painful in love, One painful in everyday matter. Do you know what 2 words I must be?

2. Using the words DROVES and NEWS write seven words using each letter once.

3. There is a common English word that is seven letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains a common English word - from seven letters right on down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing a letter at a time?
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13th

It's About Time

1. If 2 hours ago it was as long after one o'clock in the afternoon as it was before one o'clock in the morning. What time would it be now?

2. It was the middle of the winter in Scandinavia, and the poor boy, sick with a cold, was lying in bed. He woke up in the night, but he knew that the night lasted from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 A.M. at that time of year. The boy wearily glanced at his clock and, thinking it said 4:42, buried his head back in the pillow. But as he fell asleep he realized he hadn't distinguished the hour hand from the minute hand. If it wasn't 4:42 in the morning, what other time (or times) could it have been?
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14th

In this type of verse, "first" and "second" and so on refer to the individual letters of a word. Find the correct letter for each definition or explanation, and complete the word.

My first is in sugar but not in tea
My second in swim but not in sea
My third in apple and also pear
My fourth in ring and also hare
My last in ten but not in herd
My whole a very complimentary word.
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15th

Which set of numbers would most logically fill in the blanks in the following series?
101 99 102 98 103 97 _ _ 105 95 104 94
(a) 101 98
(b) 104 96
(c) 106 99
(d) none of these
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16th

1. If today is Monday, what is the day after the day before the day before tomorrow?

2. The Lone Ranger rode into town on Friday. He stayed 5 consecutive days and left on Friday. How could this be?

3. George Washington's wife was sweeping when George Washington's wife slipped and got wet. How many w's in all?
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17th

A history test had three questions on presidents of the United States. Here are the answers of six students:
1. Polk, Polk, Taylor.
2. Taylor, Taylor, Polk.
3. Fillmore, Fillmore, Polk.
4. Taylor, Polk, Fillmore.
5. Fillmore, Taylor, Taylor.
6. Taylor, Fillmore, Fillmore.
Every student answered at least one question correctly.
What are the correct answers?
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18th

1. If SIX is TEN, ONE is HIS, and FIVE is LEGS, what is SEVEN?

2. Two men play five games of checkers. Each man wins the same number of games. There are no ties. Explain this.

3. What belongs to you, but others use it more than you do?
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19th

There was a guy who had a Fox, a Chicken, and a bag of Grain. He had to cross a river to get back home, but he could only take one item with him at a time. He could only take the fox, or the grain, or the chicken. Well, if you leave a chicken and a fox on one side of the river while taking the bag of grain across, the fox will eat the chicken, same thing with the chicken and the grain. Can't leave those two alone or the chicken will eat the grain. How do you get them all across the river safely?
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20th

My first can be found, in a TREE, but not on the GROUND.
My second not PERMITTED, but certainly ALLOWED.
My third is in GREY, if it is spelled the English way.
My forth is in PEA, but not in NUT.
Fifth is in HOUSES, also in HUTS.
SIXTH always in DAY but never night.
My last is in STICKY, but not in BUN
My whole very large it weighs a ton.
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21st

1. My brother started out from Boston, and I started out from New York, to meet in New Haven for lunch. When we met in New Haven, which of us was farther from Boston?

2. If you have only one match and you walked into a room where there was an oil burner, a kerosene lamp, and a wood burning stove, which one would you light first?
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22nd

1. You have two pencils, a good one and a cheap one. The good one costs \$1.00 more than the cheap one. You spend \$1.10 for both. How much did the cheap one cost?

2. How much dirt is in a hole that is 3 ft. deep, and 6 inches in diameter?
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23rd

Two Quick Ones...

1. Which is more, seconds in 100 hours or inches in 100 yards?

2. Complete the series by adding the next number:
0,0,1,2,2,4,3,6,4,?
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24th

Naturally, 7 beats six by 1.
And, of course, 700 beats 600.
Why then, does 71 not beat 67?
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25th

"We were born on the same day of the same year," said Betsy.
"And we have the same mother and father," said Patsy.
"But we're not twins," said Betsy.
Can you explain?
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26th

A boy leaves home in the morning to go to school. At the moment he leaves, the house he looks at the clock in the mirror. The clock has no number indication, and for this reason the boy makes a mistake in interpreting the time [mirror-image]. Just assuming the clock must be out of order, the boy cycles to school, where he arrives after twenty minutes. At that moment, the clock at school shows a time that is two and a half hours later than the time that the boy saw on the clock at home.
At what time did he reach school?
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27th

1. Tom is younger than Rose, but older than Will and Jack, in that order. Rose is younger than Susie, but older than Jack. Jack is younger than Jim. Susie is older than Rose, but younger than Jim. Jim is older than Tom. Who is the oldest?

2. Allie takes fruit, cake, and cookies for her picnic. She has three boxes for them. One is labeled FRUIT. One is labeled COOKIES. One is labeled CAKE. But she knows her Mom likes to fool her and has put every single thing in the wrong box. The only other thing she knows for sure is that the fruit is not in the CAKE box. Where is the cake?

3. A block of wood in the form of a cube 3" x 10" x 13" has all its six faces painted pink. If the wooden block is cut into 390 cubes of 1" x 1" x 1", how many of these would have pink paint on them?
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28th

1. Each of the Johnson brothers has as many sisters as he has brothers. Each of the Johnson sisters has twice as many brothers as she has sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the Johnson family?

2. Twenty-one birds are nesting in a tree. If a man shot into the tree and killed one-seventh of them, how many would remain?
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29th

How Old Did You Say?

1. "My grandson is about as many days as my son is weeks, and my grandson is as many months as I am in years. My grandson, my son and I together are 140 years. Can you tell me my age in years?"

2. If you reverse the digits of my age, you have the age of my son. A year ago, I was twice his age. How old are we both now?

3. Soon little Freddie will celebrate his tenth birthday. In 11 years Freddie will reach half the average age of his parents. His mother is only 17 years older than her son. How old are Freddie's father and mother.
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30th

Fun With Numbers...
1. Replace the asterisks by the correct mathematical signs to make the expression equal to 99.
16 * 12 * 2 * 3 = 99

2. The time is twenty-six minutes to one in the afternoon. The year is 1978, and the date is May 6th.
What is the significance of this?
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31st

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