Tease Your Brain

Give your brain a workout with these brainteasers. Scroll down for the answers…

What Is Represented by These Word Puzzles?

For example, HEAD/HEELS = head over heels

  1. PPOD
    PPOD = two peas (p’s) in a pod
    WOWOLFOL = a wolf in sheep’s clothing (wool)
    CH POORRI = take from the rich (ri) and give to the poor
    DRIBBLE DRIBBLE = double dribble
    NUMSAFETYBERS = safety in numbers

Try These Number Puzzles:

  1. If 6 monkeys take 6 minutes to eat 6 bananas, how many minutes would it take 2 monkeys to eat 2 bananas?
    Answer: 6 minutes. Each monkey takes 6 minutes to eat 1 banana, assuming that all monkeys eat at the same pace and at the same time.
  2. What 3 consecutive numbers sum to 9000?
    Answer: 2999, 3000, 3001
  3. Cassie doesn’t like to say her age. When someone asks, her mother answers for her. Cassie’s mother says, “I’m seven times as old as Cassie now. In 20 years, Cassie will be half the age that I will be then.” How old is Cassie now?
    Answer: 2999, 3000, 3001
  4. Make this equation correct without changing the numbers: 8 + 8 = 91
    Answer: look at the equation upside down: 16 = 8 + 8

Think a Little Harder…

In your cellar, there are three light switches in the ‘off’ position. Each switch controls one of three light bulbs on the floor above it. You may move any one of the switches but you may only go upstairs to inspect the bulbs once. How can you determine the switch for each bulb with only one inspection?

Answer: Turn the first switch on for 5 minutes, then turn it off. Turn the second switch on, and leave it on. Don’t touch the third switch. When you go upstairs, the bulb that is off, but warm is connected to the first switch, the bulb that is on is connected to the second, and the bulb that is off and cold is connected to.


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