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The Lost City of Chenarz

You want to go on an adventure to the remote city of Chenarz, but it’s 120 miles off the Pacific coast. To conserve money, take the smallest number of people as possible. Each person can carry enough food for five days but you can only travel 30 miles a day. You want to reach Chenarz, stay overnight, and return the next day. How many people, including yourself, must you take to reach the city?

Note: Please don’t let anyone starve.

You will need three other members in your party to accomplish your mission for a total of four people.

Four people × 5 day’s rations = 20 day’s rations.

Day 1: 5 rations – Four day’s rations are used. One person goes back using one day’s ration for the return trip.
Day 2: 5 rations – Remaining three members use three day’s rations. One goes back using two day’s rations for the return trip.
Day 3: 5 rations – Remaining two use two day’s rations. One goes back using three day’s rations for the return trip.
Day 4: 1 ration – You use one day’s rations. You reach the city and stay the night.
Day 5: 4 rations – You return to the coast using up four day’s rations.

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That That Is Is

Add punctuation to these words to make a grammatically correct series of phrases.

That that is is that that is not is not is not that it it is

That that is, is; that that is not, is not. Is not that it? It is.

There are almost assuredly other grammatically correct variations. Feel free to add ones you can think of in the comments.

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Singular When Adding an S

There are many English words that you can add an “s” to make it plural. But far fewer words become singular when you add an “s”. What are two examples of these much rarer words?

Cares -> Caress
Princes -> Princess

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ROFORKAD

What does this rebus represent?

ROFORKAD

A fork in the road.

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Twice Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Twice four and twenty blackbirds sitting in the rain.
I shot and killed a quarter of them. How many do remain?

After shooting a quarter of the birds, the rest would fly off, so the remaining birds, brutally shot by you, would be:

(2 × (4 + 20)) / 4 = 12

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One Sunday to Seven Saturday

1. Sunday
2. Monday
3. Tuesday
4. Wednesday
5. Thursday
6. Friday
7. Saturday

What phrase does this represent?

Days are numbered. Commonly used to say someone or something is going to end soon.

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JAJWUTH

JAJWUTH
TFAPOW
JFDABHC

What are the next five letters in this sequence?
Hint: Think back to childhood rhymes.

AJCTA. These are the first letters from the nursery rhyme, “Jack and Jill Went Up The Hill”. AJCTA represents, “and Jill came tumbling after”.

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Julian and Penelope’s Marriage Ages

When Julian and Penelope met, one was half the others age plus seven years. Ten years later when they married, Penelope was thirty, but this time one was nine tenths the age of the other. How old was Julian? (No fractions or partial years, whole numbers only).

Julian was 27 when Penelope was 30.

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Find the Three Mammals

The largest crowd at the flea market came looking for bargains.
I took off the peel and ate the banana.
He has no judgement, no sense altogether.

Find the three mammals in these statements.

1. Camel (CAME Looking)
2. Eland (peEL AND)
3. Seal (senSE ALtogether)

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Decorating With Tiles

You are decorating for spring and you’ve found a bargain. A huge box of beautifully decorated tiles, enough to provide a border in two rooms. You really can’t figure out how to arrange them. If you set a border of two tiles all around, there’s one left over. If you set three tiles all around or four or five or six there’s still one tile left over. Finally you try a block of seven tiles for each corner and you come out even. What is the smallest number of tiles you could have to get this result?

301. This is the smallest number that even divides by 7, but when divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 gives you one left over.

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