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Old 09-21-2010   #1 (permalink)
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1. A 10 foot rope ladder hangs over the side of a boat with the bottom rung at the surface of the water. There is one foot between rungs and the tide goes up at the rate of 6 inches per hour. How long until three rungs are covered?

2. Joe and Tom and the boys in the bar were exchanging old war stories. Joe 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 awarded a medal that was inscribed with: "For Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion 8." Tom looked at Joe and said, "You really don't expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's wrong with the story?

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

4. Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it, Five in the middle is seen;
The first of all letters, the first of all figures, take up their stations between.
Join all together, and then you will bring, before you the name of an eminent king.

5. A man bumps into his mathematician friend on the street that he hasn't seen in 5 years. The man asks the mathematician how old his children are. The mathematician, who always replies in riddles said, "I now have three children. The sum of their ages is equal to the number of windows on the building in front of you and the product of their ages equals 36." The friend then says "I need one more piece of information." The mathematician then replies "My youngest child has blue eyes." What are the ages of the mathematicians three children?

6. What book was once owned by only the wealthy, but now nearly everyone can have it? You can't buy it in a bookstore or take it from a library?

7. There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said Curly. "No it's not," says Mo. "It's less than half full." Without any measuring implements and without removing any wine from the barrel, how can they easily determine who is correct?

8. What fastens two people yet touches only one?

9. What six letter word in the English language contains ten other words without rearranging any of its letters?

10. If you divide thirty by 1/2 and add 10 what would you have?

EDIT: You may have noticed this thread was closed as soon as it was entered. That was not intended to limit your input or enjoyment in any way. On the contrary, your participation is most welcome. The action was taken to prevent eager Peeps from going into some search engine, finding the answer, and posting it, as happened on several occasions in the past. (Of course I harvest a lot of this material from other sources. You didnít think I create it all myself, did you? Iím good, but Iím not that good!) Regrettably, that also means that folks who legitimately work out their own answers, and would like to post them, donít get to display their prowess, but Iím afraid that canít be helped. Iíll open the thread in a couple of days, when Peeps have had an opportunity to try their hand at a solution, and you can post away then. The official answer will come a bit after that. I appreciate your patience and understanding, and hope you enjoy the exercise.

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So, it's all opened up. Anyone have responses?
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1-never 2-WWI didn't exist at the time.4-David 6-phone book 8-engagement/wedding ring 10-70 So far.......

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The Official Answers

1. The rungs will never be covered because the boat rises with the tide

2. World War I wasn't called "World War I" until World War II.

3. Startling, starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, I

4. DAVID (Roman numerals)

5. They are 6, 6, and 1.

6. A telephone book

7. Tilt the barrel until the wine barely touches the lip of the barrel. If the bottom of the barrel is visible then it is less than half full. If the barrel bottom is still completly coverd by the wine, then it is more than half full.

8. A wedding ring

9. The word is "spared". The other words in it are: spa; spar; spare; pa (as in ma and pa); par; pare; pared; are; re (as in do-re-me); and red.

10. 30 / .5 = 60 + 10 = 70
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