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#1 Spoon

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Hola. I was sent The Quiz again at Christmas. Didn’t get an opportunity to post it here at the time but I've got a minute right now while I eat this banana so here you go.

I didn't make the questions up and, to me, some are easy and some more difficult. I have left them entirely as sent to me. Please post your answers below.

Question 1
Tom’s mother has three children. One is called April; one is called May. What’s the third one called?

Question 2
How many of each animal did Moses take on the ark?

Question 3
A man buys rice for £1 per kilogram and sells it for 20p per kilogram. He does this every day for many years. As a result, he becomes a millionaire. How is this possible?

Question 4
A Liverpool-based hairdresser recently said that he would rather cut the hair of three Londoners than one Liverpudlian. Why?

Question 5
You’re riding a horse. A lion is chasing you. Unfortunately, there’s an elephant in front of you moving at the same pace as you, and you can’t overtake it. There’s a hippo to the left running at the same speed, and there’s a wall on your right. How do you get to safety?

Question 6
The letters “ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. For instance, in the word “rough” they are pronounced “uff”. What are the other seven?

Question 7
Fred is lying dead in the middle of a room. He is surrounded by a pool of water and broken glass. The only furniture in the room is a table, which is next to Fred.

The room has one door and one small window. Nobody has been through the door, and the window is 2m off the ground.

Fred didn’t drown, nor are there any cuts on his body. He didn't commit suicide. How did he die?

Question 8
Four men want to marry a princess. The king devises a contest to see who should win her hand in marriage.

He puts her in the middle of a square, carpeted room. Each wall is 10m long. One man stands in each corner of the room, each on their own small box. The first one to touch the princess’s hand will marry her. The only rules are that the men can’t walk on the carpet, or use anything but their body – no ladders, rope swings etc.

One man figured out a way to touch her hand in less than five seconds. What did he do?

Question 9
A boat has a ladder hanging over the side of it. The ladder has six rungs, each 10cm apart. The bottom rung is 10cm above the water. The tide rises at 20cm every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at its highest, how many rungs will be under water?

Question 10
A man was killed on a Sunday morning. His wife found the body and called the police. When they arrived, they questioned the four people who work in the house, who said:

· The chef: ‘I was making breakfast’

· The maid: ‘I was getting the mail’

· The butler: ‘I was setting the table’

· The gardener: ‘I was watering the plants’


The wife had a cast-iron alibi. The police immediately knew who the murderer was. Who was it, and how did they know?

Question 11
Two fuses each take exactly one hour to burn. Neither burns at a steady rate. For example, one could take 59 minutes to burn the first centimetre, then burn the rest of the fuse in the last minute.

How could you use these two fuses to measure 45 minutes?

Question 12
Once upon a time, there was a recluse who never left home. His only visitors were people who brought him food and supplies, but they never came inside.

One stormy night, he had a nervous breakdown, went upstairs, turned off all the lights and went to bed. Next morning, he found he’d caused the deaths of hundreds of people. How?

Question 13
Assume there are approximately six billion people on the earth. If you were to multiply together the number of fingers on every person’s left hand, what would you guess the total would be? (If you can’t guess the number, estimate how long the number would be.)

Question 14
A man leaves home, turns left, goes straight, turns left again, goes straight again and then turns left once more before returning home. When he gets there, there’s another man with a mask on. What’s going on?

Question 15
This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to how quickly you can find out what’s so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary that you could think nothing was wrong with it. In fact nothing is wrong with it. But it is highly unusual. Study it. Think about it. Try to work it out. Any thoughts?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

Spoon!!!! HNY to you - haven't seen you on here for ages :) (understandablu due to new arrival - congrats). Will attempt Quiz later, but as CitM and Mickey Boy know I am pants at quizes/charades etc.

#3 nikdevlin

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

1 - Tom

2 - None

3 - He used to be a multi millionaire

4 - 3 customers will pay more than 1

5 - Erm

6 -
Bough
Through
Thought
Cough
Dough
Thorough
Erm...

7 - Erm

8 - He asked her to take his hand and she did

9 - None

10 - Erm

11 - Erm

12 – He's in a lighthouse

13 - Zero

14 - Erm

15 - No E

Edited by nikdevlin, 08 January 2013 - 01:59 PM.

I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

Spoon!!!! HNY to you - haven't seen you on here for ages :). Will attempt Quiz later, but as CitM and Mickey Boy know I am pants at quizes/charades etc.


TQ and HNY, SL :hugkiss:

#5 nikdevlin

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

6 - add 'hiccough'
I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

Interesting, Nik. Will leave it for a bit and see if anyone has any alternatives or can fill in any gaps then post the answers supplied.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

I have answers for 7 and 10 too, though each is one of several possibilities...
I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

Hard to comment without giving anything away! Would like to discuss as a punter but, as OP and Keeper of the Official Answers, I'm not allowed.

Maybe post all possible answers and we can get a consensus if anyone else has time.

#9 hild

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

5 - You're safe, it's a merry-go-round!

10 - The maid, no post on Sundays

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

5 - D'oh!

7 - Fred is a fish whose bowl got knocked over by a cat who came in the window. But - der der derrrrrrr - why didn't the cat eat him? Eh?

10 - Yeah, I wondered that, but - der der derrrrrr - the post could have lain untouched for a day.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

7 - Cat? Wut?

10 - Good question - although I s'pose anyone who's got a butler, a chef, a gardener AND a maid ain't gonna let the post lay untouched for a day without having words with whoever should have brought it in (yes, I know this probably wouldn't stand up in a court of law but I can't think of anything better)

14 - Is he being Father Christmas, perchance?

#12 nikdevlin

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

OK, so number 11 may well work like this (can you tell I haven't got a lot of work to do this afternoon?)

Light both ends of fuse number 1, and one end of fuse number 2. When fuse number 1 burns out completely, that's 30 mins. As soon as that happens, light the other end of fuse number 2. It then takes 15 minutes till fuse number 2 has burnt out completely, making 45 mins in all.

Feel free to pick holes in this solution!
I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

#13 Redbunny23

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

15 - it doesn't have the letter e in it

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Ah Niks got that already.

14 - he's playing baseball.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

D'oh!
I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.