September Brain Teasers
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Halloween is only 2 months away so lets get a little Tricky!

1. What word, when written in capital letters, is the same forwards, backwards and up side down?

2. In Jamaica, if you drop a steel ball weighing five pounds from a height of 45 inches, will it fall more rapidly through water at 20 degrees Fahrenheit or water at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Or will it make no difference?


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?


A telephone conversation:
"Hello. Is this XYZ8765?"
"Yes. Who's that?"
"What? You don't recognize my voice? Why, my mother is your mother's mother-in-law."
What is the relationship of the speakers?


Your task is to change ONE letter in each of the following eight words to discover a common theme.





1. What is the four digit number in which the first digit is one-third the second, the third is the sum of the first two, and the last is three times the second?

2. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

3. A man gave one son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?


Can you circle exactly four of these numbers such that the total is twelve?
1 6 1
6 1 6
1 6 1
6 1 6


I am something that nothing is, but yet I have a name.
I am sometimes tall and sometimes short.
I join your talks; I join your sport,
And I play in every game.
What am I?


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?


You are an expert on paranormal activity and have been hired to locate a spirit haunting an old resort hotel. Strong signs indicate that the spirit lies behind one of four doors. The inscriptions on each door read as follows:
Door A: It's behind B or C
Door B: It's behind A or D
Door C: It's in here
Door D: It's not in here
Your psychic powers have told you three of the inscriptions are false, and one is true. Behind which door will you find the spirit?


1. What is the value of one-half of two-thirds of three-quarters of four-fifths of five-sixths of six-sevenths of seven-eighths of eight-ninths of nine-tenths of 30?

2. What number would logically come next in this sequence? 4 6 5 9 4 4 2 4 ?

3. There is a clothing store in Bartlesville. The owner has devised his own method of pricing items. A vest costs $20, socks cost $25, a tie costs $15 and a blouse costs $30. Using the method, how much would a pair of underwear cost?


1. What number would logically come next in this sequence? 4 6 5 9 4 4 2 4 ?

2. Sally promised Kate today that she will tell Kate a big secret on the day before four days from the day after tomorrow. If today is Saturday the 13th, on what day and date will Sally tell Kate her big secret?

3. Two words, my answer is only two words. To keep me, you must give me.

What does HELP + BARK + WARD + LEAD equal?


A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs. As he is walking he meets someone who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. He walks a little further and meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg. At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg. How many eggs did the man have to start with?


In this puzzle, the answer to each of the first parts is reversed to give the answer to each of the second parts.

a. reverse a card game to cloth
b. reverse a feast to prize
c. invert feet to exchange
d. invert praise and get twofold
e. invert disposition for judgment
f. invert growths and get fodder
g. reverse a pace and get the favorites
h. invert a first appearance and get piped
i. reverse a certainty for fasteners
j. invert malice to exist


You want to send a valuable object to a friend. You have a box which is more than large enough to contain the object. You have several locks with keys. The box has a locking ring which is more than large enough to have a lock attached. But your friend does not have the key to any lock that you have. Note that you cannot send a key in an unlocked box, since it might be copied. How is this done?


Four children had a race. At the end of the race
four statements were made:

Robert: I didn't come in first or last
David: I didn't come in last
Melissa: I was first
Bailey: I was last
You know that one, and only one, of the children
didn't tell the truth. Who won the race?


1. Jill offered Jack the following bet; she said she would toss 3 pennies in the air, and if they fell all heads or all tails she would give him $1. If they fell any other way, he had to give her .50 cents. Should Jack accept?

2. There's a land where there's mummies and daddies but no babies. Books but no libraries. Mirrors but no reflections. Kittens but no cats. Cattle but no cows. Lollipops but no candy and trees but no forests. It's the land of what?


1. Fill in each blank with the same letters, in the same order, to complete the following sentence. The first letter or letters of each word are provided.
In the baseball game, the CH____ didn't bother the L____ B____, but it did bother the one before him.

2. Which one of the five is least like the other four?


1. A contronym is a single word that has two meanings that are contradictory in nature. What is a contronym for violent disorder vs. joyous revelry?

2. Which day of the week has an anagram?

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a yellow house is made from yellow bricks, what is a green house made from?


If Boston is east of New York, cross out all the A's. If not, cross out the R's. If Paris is south of New York, cross out all the 0's. If not, cross out the I's. If Sri Lanka is in Asia, cross out the B's and U's. If not, cross out the C's. The remaining letters will tell you whether you've found the right answer.


Robert took a test of 20 questions. The test was graded by giving 10 points for each correct answer and deducting 5 points for each incorrect answer. Robert answered all 20 questions and received a score of 125. How many wrong answers did he have?


Two trains, each two miles long, enter two one mile long tunnels that are two miles apart from one another on the same track. The trains enter the tunnels at exactly the same time. The first train is going 5 miles/hour, and the second train is going 10 miles/hour. What is the sum of the lengths of the two trains that will protrude from the tunnels at the exact moment that they collide, assuming that neither train changes its speed prior to collision? The trains are on the same track headed in opposite directions (i.e. directly toward one another).


Famous Last Words from Movies
Name the movies that end with the following dialogue:

1. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
2. "Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Mrs. Norman Maine."
3. "'Twas beauty that killed the beast."
4. "I used to hate the water."/"I can't imagine why."
5. "There's no place like home."
6. "Tomorrow is another day."
7. "And her daughter, Gypsy."
8. "I am, George, I am."
9. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
10. "I was cured, all right!"


1. Round I start, yet no shape have I.
Allow me to breathe, and my life will die.
The older I grow, the more sought after I become.
You will feel much better when I am done.
What am I?

2. 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?


A man wanted to get into a members only club so he hid and watched the guard at the door of the club house. The guard said a number to each member as they approached, and the member would respond with a number of their own. If the member responded with the correct number they were let in. If they responded incorrectly they were thrown out. One member came up to the door, the guard said twelve, and the member responded with six and was let in. Another member came to the door, the guard said six and the member responded with three and was let in. Believing he had heard enough, the reject went up to the guard. The guard said ten, and the reject said five, but was not let in. What should the reject have said?


1. A criminal is sentenced to death. Before his execution, he is allowed to make a statement. If his statement is false, he will be hanged, and if his statement is true, he will be drowned. What should he say to confuse the jury and thus save his life?

2. Kevin is older than Trevor but younger than Mike. Trevor is younger than Sam who is younger than Mike. Kevin is younger than Sam. Who is the oldest?

3. What leaves the mouth resounding fresh, but is not a scent or object?


1. Why is it against the law for a man living in North Carolina to be buried in South Carolina?

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

3. There were three women in all swimming costumes!
One was happy and the other two were sad!
The happy one was crying and the sad ones were smiling.
Why was this?


Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfather led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle, he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion 8." Captain Frank looked at Art and said, "You really don't expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's wrong with the story?


1. What is the largest amount of money you can have in coins and still not be able to make change for a dollar?

2. A woman lives in a skyscraper thirty-six floors high and served by several elevators which stop at each floor going up and down. Each morning she leaves her apartment and goes to one of the elevators. Whichever one she takes is three times more likely to be going up than down. Why?

3. Two men were being tried for murder. The jury found one man guilty and the other innocent. The judge turned to the guilty man and said, "Even though your guilt has been established, the law compels me to set you free." How could such a bizarre judgment occur?

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