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Quiz © 2018 Dr. Abbie F. Salny



1. Make your way from CASH to BANK in only three steps, changing one letter at a time to make a common English word at each step.

CASH_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _BANK

2. A “semi-antiques” dealer bought 300 “semi-antique” buckles. He bought all of them eventually for $300, total cost. Half were sold at $5, one-fourth for $3, and the remaining one-fourth for $2. How much profit did he make?

3. Unscramble the letters in each “pie” segment then find the missing letter that completes each word. (The missing letter, indicated by the question mark, is the same for each word.)

4. The proprietor of the local toy store has his own system of pricing items. A locomotive is $4, a balloon is $2, a dollhouse is $2, and a bicycle is $3. According to the same system, how much will a costume cost?

5. Start with the number of Snow White’s dwarfs, subtract the number of letters in the type of slipper Cinderella wore, then add the number of musketeers in the title of Dumas’ novel. What number do you get?



Answers

 

  1. CASH, BASH, BASK, BANK (There could be other ways.)
  2. $825 (300 ÷ 2 = 150 @ $5= $750) + (1/4 x 300 = 75 @ $3 = $225) + (1/4 x 300 = 75 @ $2 = $150) = $1,125 – $300 = $825)
  3. The missing letter is “W”: COWARDLY, WONDERFUL, WINNING, WATCHES.
  4. $2 (Each syllable is worth $1.)
  5. 5 (7 ‑ 5 [glass] = 2; + 3 = 5)