## Dumbstruck Beekeeper

Which word does not belong?

beekeeper, dumbbell, dumbstruck, untruthful

Dumbbell. All of the other words have only one of the vowels (a, e, i, o, u).

## Yesterday and the Day After Tomorrow

When the day before yesterday was referred to as the day after tomorrow, the day that was then called yesterday was as far away from the day we now call tomorrow as yesterday is from the day which we shall now be able to speak of last Monday as a week ago yesterday. What day is it?

Thursday.

## A Slight Inclination of the Cranium

A slight inclination of the cranium is as adequate as a spasmodic movement of one optic to an equine quadruped utterly devoid of any visionary capacity.

Translate this rather strange sentence into one that is more sensible.

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

## Lots and Lots of Granola Bars

Marla needs snacks for the students on her field trip. She bought 9 boxes of granola bars containing a total of 88 bars. She wanted variety, so she bought 3 different flavors, which happened to come from 3 different companies.

The Coconut Almond bars were packaged 8 to a box.

The Chewy Chocolate Chip bars came 10 to a box.

The Oats ‘n Honey package contained 12 per box.

She bought the most boxes of Coconut Almond but had the most Oats ‘n Honey bars.

How many of each did she buy?

Coconut Almond: 4 boxes × 8 in a box = 32 bars

Chewy Chocolate Chip: 2 boxes × 10 in a box = 20 bars

Oats ‘n Honey: 3 boxes × 12 in a box = 36 bars

## Going the Wrong Way on a One-Way Street

Noreen doesn’t have a driver’s license and goes the wrong way on a one-way street, then turns left at a corner with a “No left turns” sign. A policeman sees her but does nothing. Why?

She was walking.

## 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.

## 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.

## 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

## 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