## Beam, Shine and Sparkle White

I beam, shine and sparkle white,

I brighten the day with a single light.

I charm and enchant one and all,

I can counter the darkest pall.

What am I?

A smile.

## Don’t Speak But No Word I Cannot Make

I don’t speak but there is no word I cannot make. What am I?

The alphabet.

## The Bikes and The Bee

Two bikes are traveling toward each other at a constant speed of 10 mph. When the bikes are 20 miles apart, a bee flies from the front wheel of one of the bikes toward the other bike at a constant speed of 25 mph. As soon as it reaches the front wheel of the other bike, it immediately turns around and flies at 25 mph toward the first bike. It continues this pattern until the two bikes smush the bee between the two front tires.

How far did the bee travel?

25 miles.

The easiest way to think about this is to consider the time. The bikes will take 1 hour to touch, given that they start 20 miles apart and are each traveling toward each other at 10 mph.

Therefore the bee is buzzing back and forth at 25 mph for 1 hour.

## Debbie’s Dragster

Debbie starts driving her dragster from rest and constantly accelerates to 60 mph in 10 seconds. How far does she travel in those 10 seconds?

1/12 mile

Ten seconds is 1/6 of a minute and 1 minute is 1/60 of an hour, so 10 seconds is 1/360 of an hour.

If you graph her trip with the speed on the y-axis and the time on the x-axis, you get a triangle with height of 60 mph and width of 1/360 of an hour. To calculate the area of the triangle, you multiply 1/2 × 1/360 × 60 = 1/12.

## A Long Bicycle Ride

Hester goes out for an afternoon bicycle ride. She rides for one hour at five miles an hour, then three hours at four miles an hour and finally two hours at seven miles an hour. How many miles did she ride in total?

31 miles.

1 hour at 5 mph = 5 miles

3 hours at 4 mph = 12 miles

2 hours at 7 mph = 14 miles

5 + 12 + 14 = 31 miles

## Wait 27 Days Or See It Every Day?

You could wait 27 days or you could see it everyday. What is it?

The moon. Even though the true moon cycle is about 29.5 days, it takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes for our Moon to complete one full orbit around Earth. Thus you can see the full moon every 27 days or you can moon yourself every day in the mirror. Not that you’d want to. Does anyone moon themselves? Can’t say as I’ve ever had the “pleasure”.

## Green You Eat It

What is one word that, when it’s green you eat it and when it’s blue you wear it?

I haven’t figured this out yet.

## The Right Combination of Letters and Values

The letters A through H can be assigned the following values to make all the equations true. Find the right combination of letter values.

Values: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21

C + F = G

A + C = F

B + G = D

B + E = H

D + F = H

A = 1

B = 7

C = 4

D = 16

E = 14

F = 5

G = 9

H = 21

## Finding Rhymes in Categories

Find rhymes for each set of words so the first is a category and the rest are items in the category.

For example, LOYALTY: spring, clean, rinse → ROYALTY: king, queen, prince

1. LOIN: mortar, climb, pickle

2. SQUISH: famine, search, doubt

3. GILDING: radium, Bose, hassle

4. THYME: surgery, girder, scrutiny

1. COIN: quarter, dime, nickel

2. FISH: salmon, perch, trout

3. BUILDING: stadium, mosque, castle

4. CRIME: perjury, murder, mutiny

## Almost Catching Fire

People come and watch, from far away to see

Burning brightly, almost catching fire,

The colder it is the hotter I’ll be.

Then I die.

What am I?

Fall leaves changing colors. “Burning” with bright colors, when it’s cold outside the brighter the colors are.