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The Visible Edge Newsletter - #37

Q: "Take away my first letter; take away my second letter; take away all my letters, and I would remain the same. What am I?"

A: The Mailman

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #36

Q: "The rich men want it, the wise men know it, the poor all need it, and the kind men show it."

What is it?

A: Love.

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #35

Q: A fireman is running to get a net under a lady who looks like she might jump off the balcony of her 20 story apartment building. There is nothing below her except a 20 story fall. The fireman is 100 yds away when she falls and can't nearly get there in time. The woman is not hurt, more than a bruise. How is that possible?

A: She fell to the floor of her own balcony.

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #34

Q: What question can you never answer "yes" to?

A: Are you sleeping?

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #33

Q: What's similar about the names of these continents?

Asia
Africa
Australia
Antarctica
Europe

A: They all start with the same letter that they end with.

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #32

Q: The more you take the more you leave behind. What are they?

A: Footsteps.

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #31

Q: A man has to take a dog, a cat, and a mouse across a river. He can only take one of the animals across at a time. If he takes the mouse, the dog will eat the cat. If he takes the dog, the cat will eat the mouse.
How does he get the three animals across the river?

A: First, the man takes the cat across and goes back to get the mouse. The man then takes the mouse across and returns with the cat. Next, the man leaves the cat on the shore and takes the dog across. He leaves the dog with the mouse. Finally, the man goes back to get the cat and all of the animals have made it across the river!

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #30

Q: How would you rearrange the letters in the words "New Door" to make one word?

A: One word.

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #29

The puzzler solution is:

By adding their speeds, the hare and the tortoise are together covering the distance at 10 miles per hour. They will cover the distance of 40 miles in 4 hours. Thus, in 4 hours, they will meet and the hare will have traveled 36 miles.

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #28

The puzzler solution is:

Fraction of pole in the ground = 1/2
Fraction of pole covered by water = 1/3 Fraction of pole in the ground and covered by water =
1/2 + 1/3 = (3 + 2)/6 = 5/6
Fraction of pole out of water = 1 - 5/6 = 1/6 Thus, one-sixth of the pole (out of water) is 10 ft.
So, total length of pole = 60 ft.

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #27

 

Q: What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour?

A: M

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #26

 

Q:

I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry;

On the same spot I'm always found, toiling away with little sound.

What am I?

A: A Windmill

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #25

 

Q:

Bright as diamonds,
Loud as thunder,
Never still,
A thing of wonder.

What am I?

A: A Waterfall

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #24

Q:A word I know,
Six letters it contains,
Subtract just one,
And twelve is what remains.

A: Dozens


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #23

Q: What is the significance of the following:
The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past noon on May 6th.

A: The time and month/date/year American style calendar are 12:34, 5/6/78.


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #22

Q: There's a certain 10-digit number where that the first digit is equal to the number of zeros in the entire number, the second number is the number of 1's in the entire number, and so on, to where the 10th digit is the number of 9's in the entire number.

What is the number?

A: 6210001000

See - there are 6 zeros, 2 ones, 1 two, and 1 six.


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #21

Q: If I were in Hawaii and dropped a bowling ball in a bucket of water which is 45 degrees F, and dropped another ball of the same weight, mass, and size in a bucket at 30 degrees F, both of them at the same time, which ball would hit the bottom of the bucket first?

Same question, but the location is in Canada?

A: Both questions, same answer: the ball in the bucket of 45 degree F water hits the bottom of the bucket last.

Did you think that the water in the 30 degree F bucket is frozen? Think again. The question said nothing about that bucket having anything in it. Therefore, there is no water (or ice) to slow the ball down...


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #20

Q: Use the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 once only, in this multiplication sum to make it correct.

?
?
x
?
--------------------
?
?
?


A:

5
4
x
3
--------------------
1
6
2

The Edge Newsletter- #19

Q: Try to determine this word.

I am 8 letters long - "12345678"
My 1234 is an atmospheric condition.
My 34567 supports a plant.
My 4567 is to appropriate.
My 45 is a friendly thank-you.
My 678 is a name.

What word am I?

A: MISTAKEN


The Edge Newsletter- #18

Q: You want to send a valuable object to a friend. You have a box which is more than large enough to contain the object. You have several locks with keys. The box has a locking ring which is more than large enough to have a lock attached. But your friend does not have the key to any lock that you have. Note that you cannot send a key in an unlocked box, since it might be copied. How is this done?

A: Attach a lock to the ring. Send it to her. She attaches her own lock and sends it back. You remove your lock and send it back to her. She removes her lock.


The Edge Newsletter- #17

Q: You have two hourglasses--a 4-minute glass and a 7-minute glass. You want to measure 9 minutes. How do you do it?

A: Start both hourglasses. When the 4-minute glass runs out, turn it over (4 minutes elapsed). When the 7-minute glass runs out, turn it over (7 minutes elapsed). When the 4-minute glass runs out this time (8 minutes elapsed), the 7-minute glass has been running for 1 minute. Turn it over once again. When it stops, 9 minutes have elapsed.


The Edge Newsletter- #16

Q: If 2 hours ago it was as long after one o'clock in the afternoon as it was before one o'clock in the morning. What time would it be now?

A: Nine o'clock. Since there are 12 hours between the 2 times, and half of that time is six, then the halfway mark would have to be 7 o'clock. If it were 7 o'clock, two hours ago, the time would now be nine o'clock.


The Edge Newsletter- #15

Q: Match the twelve definitions below to the vocabulary words on the left

    1. _____ donnybrook

    2. _____ boycott

    3. _____ smithereens

    4. _____ tanistry

    5. _____ banshee

    6. _____ brogue

    7. _____ stout

    8. _____ blarney

    9. _____ leprechaun

    10. _____ shillelagh

    11. _____ limerick

    12. _____ Saint Patrick

    13. _____ shamrock

    14. _____ stew

    a. Patron Saint of Ireland

    b. type of humorous poem

    c. formidable club or stick

    d. small elf of Irish folklore

    e. misleading nonsense

    f. dark, sweet ale

    g. strong dialectical accent

    h. hearty meal

    i. law of royal succession

    j. fragments; bits

    k. to refuse to deal with

    l. classic knockdown brawl

    m. national symbol of Ireland

    n. female spirit who wails

A:

    1. donnybrook - l. classic knockdown brawl

    2. boycott - k. to refuse to deal with

    3. smithereens - j. fragments; bits

    4. tanistry - i. law of royal succession

    5. banshee - n. female spirit who wails

    6. brogue - g. strong dialectical accent

    7. stout - f. dark, sweet ale

    8. blarney - e. misleading nonsense

    9. leprechaun - d. small elf of Irish folklore

    10. shillelagh - c. formidable club or stick

    11. limerick - b. type of humorous poem

    12. Saint Patrick - a. Patron Saint of Ireland

    13. shamrock - m. national symbol of Ireland

    14. stew - h. hearty meal



The Edge Newsletter- #14

Q: The time piece with the fewest number of moving parts is the sun dial. What is the time piece with the most number of moving parts?

A: An hour glass. Every grain of sand has to move.



The Edge Newsletter- #13

Q:

1. The red "jelly" cranberry sauce
2. Pilgrim's friends Indians
3. Joyful happy
4. Mashed vegetables potatoes
5. How the founders got here Mayflower
6. Turkey Day Thanksgiving
7. Who you celebrate with family
8. Main dish turkey
9. Thanksgiving Day creators Pilgrims
10. After Thanksgiving, it's time to start? shopping
11. It has floats parade
12. It goes in the bird stuffing
13. What you watch today football
14. Pour it on! gravy
15. Popular parade Macy's
16. Or sweet potatoes yams
17. It's time to party



The Edge Newsletter- #12

Q: This is the game where I give you three words and you have to guess what the link is between them. EXAMPLE: Tree, Car, Elephant....

ANSWER: Trunks. Have fun and good luck!

A:
Question 1:
Surprise, Search, Slumber

The correct answer is party or parties.
-----------

Question 2:
Softball, Baseball, Vampire

The correct answer is bats or bat.
-----------

Question 3:
Yard, Pogo, Chop

The correct answer is sticks or stick.
-----------

Question 4:
Gray, Red, Timber

The correct answer is wolves or wolf.
-----------

Question 5:
Friendship, Hobby, Love Field.

The correct answer is airports or airport.
-----------

Question 6:
Acetate, Cellophane, Polystyrene

The correct answer is plastics or plastic and/or polymer or polymers.
-----------

Question 7:
Pump, Flat, Clog

The correct answer is shoes or shoe.
-----------

Question 8:
Head, Tail, Cross

The correct answer is wind or winds.
-----------

Question 9:
Straight, Obtuse, Acute

The correct answer is angles or angle.
-----------

Question 10:
Patriot, Poseidon, Polaris

The correct answer is missiles or missile.
-----------

Question 11:
Igmar Stenmark, Jean-Claude Killy, Karl Schranz

The correct answer is skiers or skier.
-----------

Question 12:
Crab, Candy, Caramel

The correct answer is apples or apple.
-----------

Question 13:
String, Navy, Green

The correct answer is beans or bean.
-----------

Question 14:
Bermuda, Love, Right

The correct answer is triangles or triangle.
-----------

Question 15:
Houston, Panama, Suez

The correct answer is canals or canal.
-----------



The Edge Newsletter- #11

Q: Directions: Change the letters into words to form a well-known statement. Do not use the numbers in your answers, just write the word answers.
Example: 1000 Y in a M
Answer: Years in a millenium

A:
-----------
Question 1:
24 B in a C?
Accepted answers: "Bottles in a case" "beers in a case"
-----------
Question 2:
7 W of the W?
Accepted answers: "Wonders of the world"
-----------
Question 3:
12 S of the Z?
Accepted answers: "Signs of the zodiac"
-----------
Question 4:
9 P in the S S?
Accepted answers: "Planets in the solar system"
-----------
Question 5:
4 Q in a G?
Accepted answers: "Quarts in a gallon"
-----------
Question 6:
50 S in the U?
Accepted answers: "States in the union"
-----------
Question 7:
18 H on a G C?
Accepted answers: "Holes on a golf course"
-----------
Question 8:
13 S on the A F?
Accepted answers: "Stripes on the American flag"
-----------
Question 9:
7 D in a W?
Accepted answers: "Days in a week"
------------
Question 10:
11 P on a F T?
Accepted answers: "Players on a football team"



The Edge Newsletter- #10

Q: Play this game like a pro and you will score a hat trick. Each answer pairs up with the three other words to form a trio of familiar phrases.

    E  
  N          
    R  
  T          
    A    
        T
  A      
        P  
      D  
    N      
DEEP JERK CAP
BALL SANDWICH UNDER
NOSED CORE LUCK
COMPANY POLE ROOM
BACK BULB CARD
TOWN WRITER SHIP
CLIP MONEY MOON
ARTIST HATCH CLAUSE
UNION MARK WIND
BUISNESS SUIT WRENCH

A:
Knee -- Knee Deep | Knee Jerk | Kneecap
Knuckle -- Knuckle Ball | Knuckle Sandwich | Knuckle Under

Hard -- Hard Nosed | Hard Core | Hard Luck

The Visible Edge Newsletter - #28

The puzzler solution is:

Fraction of pole in the ground = 1/2
Fraction of pole covered by water = 1/3 Fraction of pole in the ground and covered by water =
1/2 + 1/3 = (3 + 2)/6 = 5/6
Fraction of pole out of water = 1 - 5/6 = 1/6 Thus, one-sixth of the pole (out of water) is 11 ft.
So, total length of pole = 66 ft.

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #27

 

Q: What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour?

A: M

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #26

 

Q:

I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry;

On the same spot I'm always found, toiling away with little sound.

What am I?

A: A Windmill

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #25

 

Q:

Bright as diamonds,
Loud as thunder,
Never still,
A thing of wonder.

What am I?

A: A Waterfall

 

The Visible Edge Newsletter- #24

Q:A word I know,
Six letters it contains,
Subtract just one,
And twelve is what remains.

A: Dozens


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #23

Q: What is the significance of the following:
The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past noon on May 6th.

A: The time and month/date/year American style calendar are 12:34, 5/6/78.


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #22

Q: There's a certain 10-digit number where that the first digit is equal to the number of zeros in the entire number, the second number is the number of 1's in the entire number, and so on, to where the 10th digit is the number of 9's in the entire number.

What is the number?

A: 6210001000

See - there are 6 zeros, 2 ones, 1 two, and 1 six.


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #21

Q: If I were in Hawaii and dropped a bowling ball in a bucket of water which is 45 degrees F, and dropped another ball of the same weight, mass, and size in a bucket at 30 degrees F, both of them at the same time, which ball would hit the bottom of the bucket first?

Same question, but the location is in Canada?

A: Both questions, same answer: the ball in the bucket of 45 degree F water hits the bottom of the bucket last.

Did you think that the water in the 30 degree F bucket is frozen? Think again. The question said nothing about that bucket having anything in it. Therefore, there is no water (or ice) to slow the ball down...


The Visible Edge Newsletter- #20

Q: Use the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 once only, in this multiplication sum to make it correct.

?
?
x
?
--------------------
?
?
?


A:

5
4
x
3
--------------------
1
6
2

The Edge Newsletter- #19

Q: Try to determine this word.

I am 8 letters long - "12345678"
My 1234 is an atmospheric condition.
My 34567 supports a plant.
My 4567 is to appropriate.
My 45 is a friendly thank-you.
My 678 is a name.

What word am I?

A: MISTAKEN


The Edge Newsletter- #18

Q: You want to send a valuable object to a friend. You have a box which is more than large enough to contain the object. You have several locks with keys. The box has a locking ring which is more than large enough to have a lock attached. But your friend does not have the key to any lock that you have. Note that you cannot send a key in an unlocked box, since it might be copied. How is this done?

A: Attach a lock to the ring. Send it to her. She attaches her own lock and sends it back. You remove your lock and send it back to her. She removes her lock.


The Edge Newsletter- #17

Q: You have two hourglasses--a 4-minute glass and a 7-minute glass. You want to measure 9 minutes. How do you do it?

A: Start both hourglasses. When the 4-minute glass runs out, turn it over (4 minutes elapsed). When the 7-minute glass runs out, turn it over (7 minutes elapsed). When the 4-minute glass runs out this time (8 minutes elapsed), the 7-minute glass has been running for 1 minute. Turn it over once again. When it stops, 9 minutes have elapsed.


The Edge Newsletter- #16

Q: If 2 hours ago it was as long after one o'clock in the afternoon as it was before one o'clock in the morning. What time would it be now?

A: Nine o'clock. Since there are 12 hours between the 2 times, and half of that time is six, then the halfway mark would have to be 7 o'clock. If it were 7 o'clock, two hours ago, the time would now be nine o'clock.


The Edge Newsletter- #15

Q: Match the twelve definitions below to the vocabulary words on the left

    1. _____ donnybrook

    2. _____ boycott

    3. _____ smithereens

    4. _____ tanistry

    5. _____ banshee

    6. _____ brogue

    7. _____ stout

    8. _____ blarney

    9. _____ leprechaun

    10. _____ shillelagh

    11. _____ limerick

    12. _____ Saint Patrick

    13. _____ shamrock

    14. _____ stew

    a. Patron Saint of Ireland

    b. type of humorous poem

    c. formidable club or stick

    d. small elf of Irish folklore

    e. misleading nonsense

    f. dark, sweet ale

    g. strong dialectical accent

    h. hearty meal

    i. law of royal succession

    j. fragments; bits

    k. to refuse to deal with

    l. classic knockdown brawl

    m. national symbol of Ireland

    n. female spirit who wails

A:

    1. donnybrook - l. classic knockdown brawl

    2. boycott - k. to refuse to deal with

    3. smithereens - j. fragments; bits

    4. tanistry - i. law of royal succession

    5. banshee - n. female spirit who wails

    6. brogue - g. strong dialectical accent

    7. stout - f. dark, sweet ale

    8. blarney - e. misleading nonsense

    9. leprechaun - d. small elf of Irish folklore

    10. shillelagh - c. formidable club or stick

    11. limerick - b. type of humorous poem

    12. Saint Patrick - a. Patron Saint of Ireland

    13. shamrock - m. national symbol of Ireland

    14. stew - h. hearty meal



The Edge Newsletter- #14

Q: The time piece with the fewest number of moving parts is the sun dial. What is the time piece with the most number of moving parts?

A: An hour glass. Every grain of sand has to move.



The Edge Newsletter- #13

Q:

1. The red "jelly" cranberry sauce
2. Pilgrim's friends Indians
3. Joyful happy
4. Mashed vegetables potatoes
5. How the founders got here Mayflower
6. Turkey Day Thanksgiving
7. Who you celebrate with family
8. Main dish turkey
9. Thanksgiving Day creators Pilgrims
10. After Thanksgiving, it's time to start? shopping
11. It has floats parade
12. It goes in the bird stuffing
13. What you watch today football
14. Pour it on! gravy
15. Popular parade Macy's
16. Or sweet potatoes yams
17. It's time to party



The Edge Newsletter- #12

Q: This is the game where I give you three words and you have to guess what the link is between them. EXAMPLE: Tree, Car, Elephant....

ANSWER: Trunks. Have fun and good luck!

A:
Question 1:
Surprise, Search, Slumber

The correct answer is party or parties.
-----------

Question 2:
Softball, Baseball, Vampire

The correct answer is bats or bat.
-----------

Question 3:
Yard, Pogo, Chop

The correct answer is sticks or stick.
-----------

Question 4:
Gray, Red, Timber

The correct answer is wolves or wolf.
-----------

Question 5:
Friendship, Hobby, Love Field.

The correct answer is airports or airport.
-----------

Question 6:
Acetate, Cellophane, Polystyrene

The correct answer is plastics or plastic and/or polymer or polymers.
-----------

Question 7:
Pump, Flat, Clog

The correct answer is shoes or shoe.
-----------

Question 8:
Head, Tail, Cross

The correct answer is wind or winds.
-----------

Question 9:
Straight, Obtuse, Acute

The correct answer is angles or angle.
-----------

Question 10:
Patriot, Poseidon, Polaris

The correct answer is missiles or missile.
-----------

Question 11:
Igmar Stenmark, Jean-Claude Killy, Karl Schranz

The correct answer is skiers or skier.
-----------

Question 12:
Crab, Candy, Caramel

The correct answer is apples or apple.
-----------

Question 13:
String, Navy, Green

The correct answer is beans or bean.
-----------

Question 14:
Bermuda, Love, Right

The correct answer is triangles or triangle.
-----------

Question 15:
Houston, Panama, Suez

The correct answer is canals or canal.
-----------



The Edge Newsletter- #11

Q: Directions: Change the letters into words to form a well-known statement. Do not use the numbers in your answers, just write the word answers.
Example: 1000 Y in a M
Answer: Years in a millenium

A:
-----------
Question 1:
24 B in a C?
Accepted answers: "Bottles in a case" "beers in a case"
-----------
Question 2:
7 W of the W?
Accepted answers: "Wonders of the world"
-----------
Question 3:
12 S of the Z?
Accepted answers: "Signs of the zodiac"
-----------
Question 4:
9 P in the S S?
Accepted answers: "Planets in the solar system"
-----------
Question 5:
4 Q in a G?
Accepted answers: "Quarts in a gallon"
-----------
Question 6:
50 S in the U?
Accepted answers: "States in the union"
-----------
Question 7:
18 H on a G C?
Accepted answers: "Holes on a golf course"
-----------
Question 8:
13 S on the A F?
Accepted answers: "Stripes on the American flag"
-----------
Question 9:
7 D in a W?
Accepted answers: "Days in a week"
------------
Question 10:
11 P on a F T?
Accepted answers: "Players on a football team"



The Edge Newsletter- #10

Q: Play this game like a pro and you will score a hat trick. Each answer pairs up with the three other words to form a trio of familiar phrases.

    E  
  N          
    R  
  T          
    A    
        T
  A      
        P  
      D  
    N      
DEEP JERK CAP
BALL SANDWICH UNDER
NOSED CORE LUCK
COMPANY POLE ROOM
BACK BULB CARD
TOWN WRITER SHIP
CLIP MONEY MOON
ARTIST HATCH CLAUSE
UNION MARK WIND
BUISNESS SUIT WRENCH

A:
Knee -- Knee Deep | Knee Jerk | Kneecap
Knuckle -- Knuckle Ball | Knuckle Sandwich | Knuckle Under

Hard -- Hard Nosed | Hard Core | Hard Luck
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