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Brain Teaser Answers

May 2014


April 2014

The hands on a clock (hour, minute, and second).

March 2014

1. Rock & Roll
2. Mom & Pop
3. Law & Order
4. Rise & Shine
5. Rough & Tumble

February 2014

The original word is “Snowing”. It decomposes to: sowing, swing, sing, sin, in, and I.August 2013
82709If we label each digit a, b, c, d and e, we get the following equations.
1. b + c = 9
2. a = b3
3. c + e = 16 (since 16 is the smallest number with five divisors – 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16).
4. d = 6 * d (The fourth and second-to-last digits are the same number, meaning d must be zero to satisfy the equation)
5. b must be zero, one or two (b can’t be three because that makes a=27, which isn’t a single digit). Zero and one result in duplicate digits (00907 and 11808 respectively) so the only remaining value for b is 2, giving us 82709 and warmth.

June 2013

The key to this math riddle is realizing that the one place must be zero.
888 +88 +8 +8 +8 =1,000

May 2013

+ 675

February 2013


January 2013


December 2012

There are 11.

April 2012

A: Turn on the first two switches and leave them on for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn off the second switch, leaving the first switch on. Now go upstairs to the attic. The light that is on is connected to the first switch. A light that is off but has a bulb that is still warm to the touch is connected to the second switch. The light that is both off and cold to the touch is connected to the third switch, which was never turned on.

March 2012

Q: You have a string-like fuse that burns in exactly one minute. The fuse is inhomogeneous and it may burn slowly at first, then quickly, then slowly and so on. You have a match and no watch. How do you measure exactly 30 seconds?

A: Bend the fuse and light both ends simultaneously, the two flames will burn towards each other and meet. When they meet, it will be exactly 30 seconds.

February 2012

A: Sam is “burning the midnight oil”. OIL is in the middle of NITE, so it is midNITE (or midnight) oil. Since the midnight oil is on FIRE, it is burning. To “burn the midnight oil” means to stay up working, and especially studying, late at night. This harkens back to the days when people used oil lamps at night.

January 2012

A: 4.8 miles per hour. 5 is incorrect. Take any distance (say 12 miles there and 12 miles back). They take two hours to cover the first 12 miles and three hours to cover the return trip. In 5 hours, they covered 24 miles which is an overall average of 4.8 miles per hour.

November 2011

Q: The Food Barn sells candy bars at a price of 5 for $1. Margaret bought $12 worth of candy bars there and resold half of them at a price of 3 for $1 and half at a price of 2 for $1. How much profit did she make assuming her labor costs are zero)?

A: $13. She bought 60 candy bars for $12. Her revenue on the 30 candy bars she sold at 3/$1 is $10; her revenue on the 30 she sold at 2/$1 is $15. Total revenue less total cost is $25 – $12, or $13.

October 2011 – Lunch

Q: 2 fathers and 2 sons go to lunch at a cost of $7 per person. Altogether, they only pay $21. Why?

A: 1 of the sons is also a father.

September 2011 – Hardware Store

Q: A woman goes into a hardware store to buy something for her house. When asked the price, the clerk replies, “the price of one is twelve cents, the price of forty-four is twenty-four cents, and the price a hundred and forty-four is thirty-six cents. What does the woman want to buy?

A: Numbers for outside her house.