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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?”
SAIL TEAK WAND PANE
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?
I altered the original papers. The sharp ink marks were easy to eradicate.
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?
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?
21. Which of the following words is least like the others?
Emit Stop Cash Part
22. The same six letters can be arranged to complete the sentences below.
I am an amateur archaeologist. On one ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ in a remote country village in Sicily, I saw a small floor of ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ that turned out to be Roman.
23. The following puzzles consists of one word that can be split into two words.
One word: Show up again
Two words: a) cut down a crop b) a fruit
24. Start with the number of points on a snowflake, multiply by the earliest age you can be a nonagenarian, divide by the number of feet in a fathom. What do you have?
25. Figure out the pattern below and fill in the missing letter.
7, 3, 2 (t)
5, 1, 9 (f)
3, 1, 4 (?)
26. Fill in the box (at right)with three more words reading the same across and down, using 5 R’s, 5 E’s, 2 O’s, 3 S’s and 1 V. Some letters have already been filled in.
27. Rearrange the same seven letters to find two words to fill in the blanks below.
The young mother ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ to be a writer but changing ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ took up so much time, she didn’t have time to work.
28. The following familiar line has been turned into a simple substitution cryptogram. Solve the cryptogram. UIJT JT B TJNQMF DSZQUPHSBN
29. Figure out the logic in the lines below and fill in the missing number. 9-3-3 8-2-4 25-5-5 16-4-?
30. The following 14 letters can be rearranged into a four-word phrase using a geographical location to mean very quickly. A E E I K M N N O R T U W Y
31. What is the five-digit number in which the first digit in one more than the second, the last is four less than the first, and the fourth is one more than the last. The sum of all the digits is 35.
32. An interesting point is coiled in the grid below. Start at the right letter and move in any direction to find the saying. (Hint: start with Y.)
33. Find a word that means the cause – change the first letter and find a word that means part of the year.
34. Find a word that means walk heavily – change the first letter and find a word that means to do monotonous work.
35. Find the word that fits the definition of the words on each side of the line.
Part of a human ____ Pay attention
An animal ____ Put up with
A geographical term ____ a piece of clothing
36. You walk to your friend’s house at 3 m.p.h., stay overnight and walk back at 4 m.p.h. The round trip took 21 hours. How far had you walked?
37. A man goes into a hardware store and asks, “How much for one?” The clerk says “$1.” “Ok, I’ll take 150. Here’s $3.” What had he bought?
38. Unscramble the 21 letters below to form a four-word idiomatic phrase used by individuals to prove that wealth is no insurance against discontent.
A A B C E E H I M N N N O P P S S T U Y Y
39. A palindrome is a word, phrase or sentence that reads the same backwards as forwards.
This palindrome tells how a mother gave Edna some meat.
M_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ M
40. The names of four people are concealed in the lines below. Can you find them?
Although I attempted to be fair, I did issue an order against the length of the sentence.
41. A couplet from a well-known nursery rhyme has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into common English?
The rotund gentleman with a rhyming name positioned himself on a perpendicular structure used as a barrier or support from which he was precipitated with severe force.
42. The same five letters can be rearranged to fill in the blanks below.
Every investment manager ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ that the company’s program will help this particular ___ ___ ___ ___ ___.
43. Make your way from LEND to GIVE in five steps, changing one letter at a time make a common English word at each step.
___ ___ ___ ___
___ ___ ___ ___
___ ___ ___ ___
___ ___ ___ ___
44. Find the word that fills in the blanks below (a different word for each line, to make two new words on each line.)
re ____ stream car ____ ace
45. Fill in the missing number.
March 16 = 38
May 11 = 32
August 5 = 26
September 3 = 24
December 12 = ?
46. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same eight letters will complete the sentence below?
The ancient plate was ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ in two places, but the marks were so regular it was impossible to determine if they were accidental or ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___.
47. Find the word that fits the first definition, then add an R in front of it to make a new word that matches the second definition.
Place an “R” in front of a top-notch specialist and obtain a contest.
48. The following 17 letters can be rearranged into a two-word phrase meaning “a free offer to see if you like the periodical.”
N T O R I I T L A S S B U P R C I
49. Begin with the number of sisters in the group of colleges called by that number; add the number of witches in Macbeth; multiple by the number of feet in a fathom and divide by two. What do you have?
50. The letters in the following grid can be unscrambled into eight words of bad advice. You may move one letter in any direction and use each letter only once. (Hint: Begin with a letter in the middle of the first column. There is one null.)
51. It was the day of the big furniture sale. “Oh,” said Pat, “this chair was $350, reduced by 20%, then by $80, and then by 80%. It should be free!” But how much was it?
52. The sentence has been done in a simple substitution code. Work out the code and find the “quote.”
18-8 2-12-6-9 15-18-13-22 26-15-4-26-2-8 25-6-8-2, 4-26-7-8-12-13?
53. Reduce the high-flown language below to a common saying.
It is impossible to create a money container constructed of materials spun by silkworms using a portion of porcine animal anatomy as your basis.
54. Make a dent in your mental energy and complete the word below by filling in the missing letters.
I __ __ I __ I __ I __ I __ Y
55. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other word that can be made from all the letters in the word LAMPSHADE. Can you figure out what it is?
56. Take the number of squares on a chessboard (this is not a trick answer!), divide by the number of railroads in Monopoly, subtract the number of face cards (jacks, queens and kings) in a standard deck of playing cards, multiply by the number of dice in Classic Yahtzee, and add the point value of the letter E in the U.S. version of the Scrabble word game. What is the final number?
57. If you spell out whole numbers in sequential order starting with one, two, three, etc., how high do you have to go before you reach a number that contains the letter “a”?
58. Fill in the blanks surrounding BAT, according to the clues.
Animal: B __ A __ T
Overt: B __ A __ __ __ T
A popular vessel in some urban parks: __ __ __ B __ A T
Playful conversation: B A __ T __ __
Fighting: __ __ __ B A T
Overstuffed: B __ __ A T __ __
Type of court: __ __ __ B A T __
Tiny tub: B A __ __ __ __ __ T
Stubborn: __ B __ __ __ __ A T __
59. The following word is a 13-letter word that is an important energy source in the body. Start at the correct letter and move one letter at a time in any direction to find the word. (Hint: Start with an “T.”)
60. The following cryptogram is not very complicated.
GSRH RH MLG EVIB XLNKORXZGVW
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
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)
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)
21. Cash. It’s the only one that does not read backwards to form another word.
22. ramble, marble
23. reappear, a) reap b) pear
24. 90. (6 x 90 = 540 ÷ 6 = 90)
25. E. (Add the numbers, use the first letter of the answers. i.e., 7 + 3 + 2 = 12; “t” for twelve. 3 + 1 + 4 = eight; “e” for eight.)
27. aspired, diapers
28. This is a simple cryptogram. (Move down one letter.)
29. 4. Multiply the number on the right and the number in the middle to get the first number.
30. A New York Minute
32. You don’t need a good memory to have good memories.
33. reason, season
34. trudge, drudge
35. Mind, Bear, Cape (or Belt is acceptable for the last one)
36. 72 miles. 36 miles each way – 12 hours one way and 9 hours the other.
37. House numbers
38. Money can’t buy happiness.
39. Ma handed Edna ham.
40. Al, Ted, Sue, Helen, Ed (Kudos if you found any others!)
41. Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall.
42. avers, saver
43. LEND, LAND, LANE, LINE, LIVE, GIVE (There may be other ways.)
44. main, pal
45. Add the number of the month (January is one) to the date and double the result.
46. indented, intended
47. ace, race
48. Trial Subscription
49. 30 (7 sisters + 3 witches = 10 x 6 feet in a fathom = 60 divided by 2 = 30)
50. If at first you don’t succeed, give up.
51. ($350 – 20% = $280, $280- $80 = $200, $200 – 80% = $40)
52. “Why is your line always busy, Watson?” (A = 26, B = 25, etc.)
53. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
55. Headlamps (Good for you if you found another!)
56. 21 (64 ÷ 4 = 16; 16 – 12 = 4; 4 x 5 = 20; 20 + 1 = 21)
57. One thousand
58. BEAST, BLATANT, ROWBOAT, BANTER, COMBAT, BLOATED. PROBATE, BASSINET, OBSTINATE
60. THIS IS NOT VERY COMPLICATED. (A = Z, B = Y, C = X, etc.)
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