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I Prevent Escape

I prevent escape or intrusion,
Yet I also preserve and protect,

Thieves use me to get money,
From me they can often collect.

I’m the practice of a sport, but not on the lawn,
Your friends may get upset when I’m sat upon.

What am I?

Fence. Fences keep ne’er-do-wells out and protect people inside. A fence is a person who buys stolen goods to later resell them for a profit. Those who fence practice the sport of fencing. En garde! And people don’t like it when you sit on the fence in a heated debate. (Believe me, I speak from experience)

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Inscribed On My Face

Marking mortal privation when what’s under me is in place.
An enduring summation, inscribed on my face.

What am I?

A tombstone (or gravestone, headstone, monument, you get the idea).

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Tabitha and Ronan’s Age

Tabitha is 13 years old. Her father Ronan is 40 years old. How many years ago was Ronan four times as old as Tabitha?

Four years ago, when Tabitha was 9 and Ronan was 36 (9 × 4 = 36)

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An Alphabetic Phrase

What phrase can be made using the following letters?

A B C D E F G I

Big-faced.

I wouldn’t suggest calling anyone that, unless you want a big red nose from being punched.

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True, False or Confused?

Which of the following statements are true and which are false?

1. Only one of the statements is false.
2. Exactly two of the statements are false.
3. Only three of the statements are false.
4. Exactly four of the statements are false.
5. All five of these statements are false.

The only true statement is #4 and the rest are false.

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Turning the Years Upside Down

What years from the 1900s and 1800s are the same year when read upside down?

1961 and 1881.

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I Have Hundreds of Legs

I have hundreds of legs but I can only lean,
You make me feel dirty so you can feel clean.

What am I?

A broom.

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The Websters’ Busy Day

Mr. and Mrs. Webster were on a holiday shopping excursion. On their way to the car after leaving the store, Mr. Webster complained he was tired from carrying so many packages. Mrs. Webster, the kindly thing that she was, replied, “Quit your complaining Walter! If you gave me just one of your packages, I’d have twice as many as you. And if I gave you one of mine, we’d have the same.”

How many packages were Mr. and Mrs. Webster each carrying?

Bonus question: How long was it before Mr. Webster told Mrs. Webster to stuff it?

Mrs. Webster was carrying 7 packages and poor old Mr. Webster was laden with 5.

And as for the bonus question, I don’t know for sure, but with a sour puss like that around, it couldn’t have been long.

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Scrambled Animals

Using each of the letters in this phrase only once, rearrange the letters to make the names of exactly three different animals.

Tall elephant or ape man.

1. Panther
2. Antelope
3. Llama

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From There to Here

I can travel from there to here by disappearing, and here to there by reappearing.

What am I?

The letter “t”.

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