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SAMPLE OF WEEKLY PUZZLES
 
 
 
MONDAY
 
HUMOR INSPIRATION
"There's a new telephone service that lets you test your IQ over the phone. It costs $3.95 a minute. If you make the call at all, you're a moron. If you're on the line for three minutes, you're a complete idiot."

Jay Leno

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the flight of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."


Albert Einstein

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN

Move two matches and make four squares, one of them larger than the other three.

Man: How many birds and how many beasts do you have in your zoo?

Zookeeper: There are 30 heads and 100 feet.

Man: I can't tell from that.

Zookeeper: Oh, yes you can!

Can you?

 
Solution
 
 
TUESDAY
HUMOR INSPIRATION

"When primitive man screamed and beat the ground with sticks, they called it "witchcraft." When modern man does the same thing, they call it "golf."

Ann Landers

"When written in Chinese the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity."

John Kennedy

LEFT BRAIN RIGHT BRAIN
You have 10 gray socks and 20 blue socks in your bureau drawer. If you reach into it in the dark, how many socks must you take out to be sure of having a pair that matches? A man was on the run from the police. He was relaxing, watching a play in a crowded theatre. Suddenly he noticed that detectives were closing in on him from all directions and were covering all exits. How did he escape?
   
Solution
 
 
WEDNESDAY
HUMOR INSPIRATION
"Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president."

Johnny Carson

"Great minds are like eagles, and build their nest in some lofty solitude."


Arthur Schopenauer

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN

Without lifting the pencil from the paper, or folding the paper, trace out the following figure, going over every line once and only once.

How Old Am I

I am as old as John will be when I am twice as old as John was when my age was half the sum or our present ages.

John is as old as I was when John was half the age he will be 10 years hence.

How old am I?

   
Solution
 
 
THURSDAY
HUMOR INSPIRATION
Programmers: Computer avengers. Once members of that group of high school nerds who wore tape on their glasses, played Dungeons and Dragons, and memorized Star Trek episodes; now millionaires who create "user-friendly" software to get revenge on whoever gave them noogies. "Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge - broad deep knowledge - is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life."

Helen Keller

LEFT BRAIN RIGHT BRAIN
Throw it Overboard

A boat floating on a lake has some heavy pieces of iron in its hold. If the iron is thrown overboard, does the level of the lake rise, stay the same, or fall?

The Coffee Drinker

A man in a restaurant complained to the waiter that there was a fly in his cup of coffee. The waiter took the cup away and promised to bring a fresh cup of coffee. He returned a few moments later. The man tasted the coffee and complained that this was his original cup of coffee with the fly removed. He was correct, but how did he know?

   
Solution
 
 
FRIDAY
HUMOR INSPIRATION
Egotism is that special something which enables a man who's in a rut to think he's in the groove. "The person who has no imagination has no wings."

Muhammed

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN
An Architect was asked to design a square house with windows on each wall having a southern exposure. How did he do this? Supply a digit for each letter so that the equation is correct. There is only one set of digits that will work. A given letter always represents the same digit:

A B C D E
______x 4
E D C B A

   
Solution
 
 
SATURDAY
PUZZLE

This puzzle is the first one presented in Edward De Bono's book "The Five Day Course in Thinking." It is excellent for stretching the mind. Go to his site from my links page, for possibilities in purchasing this book or any of his other excellent books on creative thinking processes.

You need to visualize three soda bottles with narrow necks and four table knives. Place the three bottles on a flat surface so that each bottle forms the corner of a triangle. The distance between the bases of any two bottles should be slightly more than the length of a knife.

Using only the four knives, construct a platform on top of the three bottles. No part of any knife may touch the ground. The platform must be strong enough to support a full glass of water.

RIDDLE
Whoever makes it, tells it not. Whoever takes it, knows it not. And whoever knows it wants it not. What is it?
   
Solution
 
 
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