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1. The same five letters can be arranged to complete the sentences below. Many people do not like snow, but children can have a different ___ ___ ___ ___ ___. Many enjoy the pleasure of making an ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ in the snow.

2. The following colloquial expression describes a person who is not quite up to par intellectually. Start at the correct letter and move one letter at a time in any direction to find the saying. (Hint: Start with an “I.”)

R – E – T – R – F – I

C – A – H – I – D – M

A – N – E – D – U – B

E – B – D – S – A – W

3. Sally went shopping for some new accessories. At the first store she spent one-quarter of what she had plus $5. At the next stop, she spent half of what she had plus $5. At the last stop she spent one-third of what she had plus $10, leaving her with $10 for lunch. How much did she start with?

4. The following puzzle consists of one word that can be split into two words: (a) One word – A cloth. (b) Two words – Plural of pieces of cloth or paper and attempt.

5. What is the five-digit number in which the first digit is twice the second, the third is half the fourth, the fifth is double the second and the sum of all is 21?

6. What word logically comes next in the following sequence?
cat bell miss bolt

a) came b) two c) run d) hope

7. Which of the following words is the “odd man out?”


8. A palindrome is a word, phrase or sentence that reads the same backwards or forward. The following palindrome tells what you do when the tool you are using gets dirty. ___ A ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

9. What is the number that is one more than one-half of one-third of one-tenth of 12,000?

10. The same five letters can be rearranged to form two different words to fill the blanks in the sentence below.
“Don’t ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ,” she said. “I realize the painting is magnificent but it ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ more than that.

11. Add an R to a word that means a geographical feature and find a word that means something to put over an object.

12. Fill in the blanks to complete the word to the right.     I ___ P ___ ___ E ___ R ___ ___ L ___

13. The peculiar grocer on the corner charges some unusual prices. A cucumber costs 11¢, a tomato costs 9¢ and a pumpkin cost 9¢. Using the same logic, how much will a squash cost?

14. What is the five-digit number in which the third & fourth number are the sum of the first & second?
The first is one less than the second. The last is one less than the fourth. The second is seven more than the third.
The sum of all the digits is 25.

15. The names of two colors are hidden in the sentences below. The letters are in consecutive order.
Can you find them?

16. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other word that can be made from all the letters in the word following this sentence, using each letter only once.     CONSOLIDATES

17. What logically comes next in the following sequence?

bland blink

braid bone

a) braille     b) blue     c) bang     d) band

18. James has two more brothers than he has sisters. His sister Jane has three times as many brothers as sisters. There are no more than ten in the family. How many boys and girls?

19. How many common English words can you make from the following letters?     A E L P T

20. What is the number that is one more than one-tenth of one-half of one-fourth of 8000?

I altered the original papers. The sharp ink marks were easy to eradicate.


1. Angle, angel
2. If dumb was dirt, he’d be an acre.
3. $100 [100 / 4 = 25 + 5, leaving 70 / 2 + 5 = 40, leaving 30 / 3 + 10, leaving $10 for lunch]
4. Tapestry; tapes, try
5. 63246
6. c) run (Each word contains one vowel in the usual order: a, e, i, o, u.)
7. PANE The other three are girls’ names: Lisa, Kate, Dawn.
8. Wash saw.
9. 201 (12,000 ÷ 10 = 1200 ÷ 3 = 400 ÷ 2 = 200 + 1)

10. stare, rates

11. cove, cover
13. 8¢ (2¢ per vowel, 1¢ per consonant)
14. 78154

15. red, pink


17. d) band – the first four words all have a three-letter word at the end.

18. six boys and three girls

19. We found plate, petal, pleat, leapt (Also, Lepta and Tepalis acceptable.)

20. 101 (8,000 ÷ 4 = 2,000 ÷ 2 = 1,000 ÷ 10 + 1)



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