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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

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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

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A Third As Old

Barry is 67 years old. His daughter is 43. When was she 1/3 as old as him?

31 years ago.

Here’s one way to solve it.

Let x = how many years ago

We get this equation: 67 – x = 3 × (43 – x)

Solving for x gives us 31.

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If This Site Had a Phone Number

If this site had a phone number, I would want it to be 743-3537. Why?

Because the numbers on a phone would spell the word RIDDLES.

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8 = S O A S S

What does this represent?

8 = S O A S S

8 = Sides of a stop sign

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Two Days After

What is two days after the day after the day before yesterday?

Tomorrow.

The day before yesterday is two days ago.

The day after the day before yesterday (2 days ago) is yesterday.

And two days after yesterday is tomorrow.

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The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville shaves all men living in Seville.
No man living in Seville is allowed to shave himself.
The Barber of Seville lives in Seville.

Who shaves the Barber of Seville?

Nobody. The Barber of Seville is a woman. Female barbers are rare, but they exist.

And for more fun with barbers, check out the Barber paradox.

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A Person, Place and Thing

Fill in the blanks to make three common, English words (no plurals). The answers are a person, a place and a thing, in that order.

1. _ _ L F B A _ _
2. _ _ _ C K Y A _ _
3. _ _ O D P E _ _ _ _

1. HALFBACK
2. BRICKYARD or STOCKYARD
3. WOODPECKER

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Amber Knits and Fauna Worry

Find a single letter that replaces the first letter in the two words of each row to make two new words. What word is formed by combining the new letter of each row?

For example: PLANK _ BRISK

The new letter is F, making FLANK and FRISK. And F would be the first letter of the answer.

AMBER _ KNITS
FAUNA _ WORRY
WARNS _ AERIE
FEMUR _ GAILY

1. U – UMBER and UNITS
2. S – SAUNA and SORRY
3. E – EARNS and EERIE
4. D – DEMUR and DAILY

The new word is USED.

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The Letters of Man

Using only the letters in MAN to fill in the blanks, make normal, uncapitalized words.

1. _ _ O _ G
2. R _ _ D O _
3. _ _ R I _ _
4. E _ P _ _ _ D _
5. C I _ _ _ _ O _
6. P _ _ O R _ _ _
7. _ _ I _ L _ _ D
8. _ R _ _ _ E _ T

1. AMONG
2. RANDOM
3. MARINA
4. EMPANADA
5. CINNAMON
6. PANORAMA
7. MAINLAND
8. ARMAMENT

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