Brain Teasers / Games

Hidden Category

Remove a letter from each of the words below and rearrange the remaining letters to form new words. The 10 words will all fall into a certain category. For example, given the words DEAR, ANGRY, and RENEGE, you could drop the "A" in DEAR to get RED, drop the "N" in ANGRY to get GRAY, and drop an "E" in RENEGE to get GREEN. These would all fall into the category of "Colors".

If you're stuck, the hint will name the category. The tough part is getting all 10 words.

AGENT
FABLE
PAWNS
TOUSLE
ANOTHER
CARDIAC
CONSULT
GAWKIER
GRUBBED
TEMERITY

Hint: The category is insects.

The Spookyville Potion Hunt

It is Halloween down in SpookyVille and the residents are getting ready to do their annual potion finding contest. In this contest, each of 5 people are assigned an ingredient of the special potion that they are to find. The first one back with their ingredient is the winner. With the clues listed can you figure out who, what kind of monster they are, which ingredient they were assigned, and how long it took them to find it?

Names: Mr. Jack, Mrs. Greenskin, Mr. Redeye, Ms. Trans, and Mr. Blood
Monsters: skeleton, witch/warlock, vampire, ghost, and zombie
Ingredients: werewolf hair, vampire tooth, zombie blood, mummy bandage, and potion vial
Time: 20 minutes, 15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 3 minutes

1. The skeleton, vampire, and ghost are: the monster that took 3 minutes to find their ingredient, Mr. Jack, and the monster that found the vampire tooth.

2. The monster that took 20 minutes to find their ingredient wasn't Mr. Jack or Mr. Redeye.

3. The skeleton either found the vampire tooth or the zombie blood.

4. Ms. Trans and Mrs. Greenskin are: the vampire, and monster that took 3 minutes to find their ingredient.

5. The zombie did not find the werewolf hair, which took 15 minutes to find.

6. Mr. Blood took twice as long as the zombie.

7. The zombie is either the monster that found the zombie blood, or the monster that took 10 minutes to find their ingredient.

8. The mummy bandage wasn't found by Mrs. Greenskin (who did not find the blood) nor the ghost.

9. The vampire either took 5 minutes to find its ingredient or found the zombie blood.

10. The monster that took 5 minutes either found the vampire tooth or the mummy bandage.

11. The vampire did not take 3 minutes to find its ingredient.

12. Redeye did not find the mummy bandage

Common Words

What is common to the following words?

buy, catch, seek, teach, bring, fight, work, think.

Chains Reaction

The words in Group A share a common property that only one word in Group B satisfies. Which one is it?

Group A:
Chains
Countess
Stained
Schooled
Purring
Corny

Group B:
Reaction
Penned
Spoiled
Stints
Putting
Hurry

Age Mix-Up

Jordan, Justin and Jeff are brothers whose ages are 29, 30 and 31 (in any order). Your job is to determine the brothers' ages from the clues below. There's one catch though....only ONE clue is true. The rest are false. Good luck!

1. Justin is 30
2. Jordan is the youngest
3. Jordan is 31
4. Justin is one year older and one year younger than his brothers.
5. Justin is not the youngest.
6. Jordan is not two years older than Justin.
7. Justin is the oldest
8. Jeff is older than Jordan.

Miracle Mountain

A hiker climbs all day up a steep mountain path and arrives at the mountain top where he camps overnight. The next day he begins the descent down the same trail to the bottom of the mountain when suddenly he looks at his watch and exclaims, "That is amazing! I was at this very same spot at exactly the same time of day yesterday on my way up."

What is the probability that a hiker will be at exactly the same spot on the mountain at the same time of day on his return trip, as he was on the previous day's hike up the mountain? Is the probability closest to (A) 99% or (B) 50% or (C) 0.1% ?