## Fish Seal Word Ladder

Get from the word FISH to SEAL by changing one letter at a time and forming another English word in each step.

1. FISH

2. _ _ _ _

3. _ _ _ _

4. _ _ _ _

5. _ _ _ _

6. SEAL

1. FISH

2. FIST

3. FEST

4. FEAT

5. SEAT

6. SEAL

## Thin Barn Word Ladder

Get from the word THIN to BARN by changing one letter at a time and forming another English word in each step.

1. THIN

2. _ _ _ _

3. _ _ _ _

4. _ _ _ _

5. _ _ _ _

6. BARN

1. THIN

2. CHIN

3. COIN

4. CORN

5. BORN

6. BARN

## Asleep, Parts, Ideals Trianagrams

Rearrange the letters of the first word to form a new one, then rearrange the letters of the new word to form a third.

ASLEEP _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

PARTS _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

IDEALS _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

1. ASLEEP, PLEASE, ELAPSE

2. PARTS, TRAPS, STRAP (TARPS or SPRAT also work)

3. IDEALS, SAILED, LADIES

## Not in Any State

Which letter of the alphabet is the only one that does not appear in any of the names of the 50 United States?

The letter Q.

## Fall Crop

What three or four-letter word belongs between the word on the left and the word on the right so that the first and second, and second and third words form a compound word or phrase?

For example: FOOT _ _ _ _ PARK would be BALL, or FOOTBALL and BALL PARK.

1. FALL _ _ _ CROP

2. KNEE _ _ _ SIZE

3. BOARD _ _ _ _ WAY

1. OUT – FALLOUT, OUTCROP

2. CAP – KNEECAP, CAPSIZE

3. WALK – BOARDWALK, WALKWAY

## A Corny Question

A merchant has 21 sacks of grain: 7 full, 7 half-full and 7 empty. He wants to divide them equally among his three sons. How can he do this, without transferring any grain between sacks, so each son has the same quantity of grain and number of sacks?

We know each son must end up with 7 sacks and 3.5 sacks of grain, since (7 sacks + 7 half sacks) / 3 = 3.5 sacks each.

There are two solutions.

**Solution 1**

Son 1: 3 full, 1 half-full and 3 empty.

Son 2: 3 full, 1 half-full and 3 empty.

Son 3: 1 full, 5 half-full and 1 empty.

**Solution 2**

Son 1: 2 full, 3 half-full and 2 empty.

Son 2: 2 full, 3 half-full and 2 empty.

Son 3: 3 full, 1 half-full and 3 empty.

## Rhyming Anagrams

There are four pairs of words below. Rearrange one of the words in the pair to form a word that rhymes with the other word. For example, if you had the following pair of words:

FRINGE LINGER

You would rearrange FRINGE into FINGER, which rhymes with LINGER. You can rearrange the letters of either word.

1. MOPIER PERIOD

2. GHOULS SCRUFF

3. JAILED LEVIED

4. WEIGHT ARTIST

1. DOPIER

2. SLOUGH

3. VEILED

4. STRAIT

## Pushing Car Past Hotel Lands You in Jail

A man pushes his car by a hotel and gets sent to jail. Why?

The man is playing monopoly, and landed on the Go To Jail space. An alternative version of this is, “A man stops his car in front of a hotel and immediately knows he is bankrupt.” The answer is the same, that he’s playing Monopoly, but this time he landed on a space with a hotel and didn’t have enough money to pay the bill.

## What Digit Does Each Letter Represent?

This is what you know:

1. Each letter represents a different digit from 1 to 9

2. The total of each row is 17.

3. (B × B) + B + F = A

4. C × F = EF (a 2-digit number, not their product)

A B C

D E F

What digit does each letter represent?

A = 7

B = 1

C = 9

D = 8

E = 4

F = 5

A + B + C = 17

D + E + F = 17

B^{2} + B + F = A

C × F = EF

To begin with, B has to be a 1 or 2 or else A wouldn’t be a single digit. Plug in B = 2, gives you 6 + F = A, meaning F and A can only be (1,7) or (3,9). To get 17, C would have to be 8 or 6, but those values don’t work for C × F = EF. So B must be 1.

2 + F = A means F and A can be (2,4), (3,5), (4,6), (5,7), (6,8) or (7,9). To get 17 on the top row, the only option that leaves C as a single digit is F = 5 and A = 7.

C × F = EF

9 × 5 = 45, so E = 4 and D = 8 to make the second row equal to 17.

## Samuel the Secretive Scotsman

Fill in the blanks with four, four-letter words that all share the same first three letters.

Samuel the secretive Scotsman was dressed to ____ in his twill woven ____. Little did they know he had a ____ of marijuana stashed away as he innocently warmed his hands by the Scotch ____.

kill

kilt

kilo

kiln

Samuel the secretive Scotsman was dressed to kill in his twill woven kilt. Little did they know he had a kilo of marijuana stashed away as he innocently warmed his hands by the Scotch kiln.