Brain Teasers / Games

Special Paragraph

What is significant about this paragraph:

'I once found two tiny ferrets, bruised with dirt over them. I decided to help the poor mites by rinsing them off using some tinctured liquid. They soon seemed brighter. Within two weeks I set them free, into the wild. They seemed very delighted with this. I enjoyed it very much.'

The Unicycle Race

Many contestants entered the unicycle race, but only the best multi-tasking clown came out on top, considering that each had to juggle clubs while trying to win the race! Most of the pack were soon disqualified after dropping a club or falling off the unicycle. In the end, four of the best clowns crossed the finish line. From this information and the clues below, can you determine each clown's full (real) name, club color (one is silver), and placement?

Places: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
First Names: Kyle, Matt, Jake, Leon
Surnames: Turner, Pettle, Vertigo, Wheeley
Colors: Green, Orange, Silver, Red

1. Mr. Turner (who isn't Matt) finished one place ahead of the red club juggler.

2. The four are Leon, Mr. Vertigo, the one who juggled with orange clubs, and the one who came in third place.

3. Kyle finished behind (but not one place behind) Mr. Wheeley.

4. Matt and Mr. Pettle finished consecutively, in some order.

5. The one who juggled with green clubs finished two places behind Jake.

What Are the Odds?

A bag contains 64 balls of eight different colours. There are eight of each colour (including red). What is the least number you would have to pick, without looking, to be sure of selecting 3 red balls?

Common Link

Below are 3 pairs of words. Find the words that fit in the middle of each pair of words to create two new words, one front-ended and one back-ended.

Example: EVER - ______ - HORN
Answer: EVER - GREEN - HORN

1. BREAD - _________ - CAKE
2. WATER - _________ - READ
3. CHECK - _________ - LESS

Pirate Pete and the Firing Squad

Pirate Pete had been captured by a Spanish general and sentenced to death by firing squad. The fifty-man squad were infamous for their terrible aim, and often failed to kill their victim immediately. The general's habit was to leave the prisoner to die -- slowly and painfully -- when this happened. Knowing this, Pete finally begged for mercy.

"Very well," said the general, "I have some compassion. You may choose where the men stand when they shoot you, and I'll add fifty more men to ensure that at least one of them hits you. Oh, and just so you don't get any funny ideas, they must all be within twenty feet of you, they must all be facing you, and you must remain tied to the post in the middle of they yard. And to show I'm not totally heartless ... if you're not dead by sundown, I'll release you so you can die peacefully outside the compound. I'll come back tomorrow to check on you -- although I doubt there will be much left to check on." After giving his instructions, the general left.

Upon his return the next day, he found that Pete had been set free alive and well -- and without a scratch on him. "How could this be?" demanded the general. Nervously, the captain of the squad replied, "It was where Pete had us stand."

Where did Pete tell them to stand?

This & That

Inside each set of the following words, there are a pair of smaller words. By putting & between them, lo & behold, you'll make a familiar phrase. For example, "Thighbone/Swallowtail" conceals "High & Low."

1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman
2. Thermometer/Apoplexy
3. Delaware/Bordering
4. Surprised/Trashiness
5. Throughout/Stumblebum