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Riddle:

There is one word in the English language which is universally considered a preventive of harm; change a certain letter in it, and you make it an act of cruelty. What are the words?

Answer:

Prescription—proscription.

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Riddle:

My first may be fashioned of iron or wood,
And at window or door for safety is placed;
In village or town it does more harm than good,
Leading people their health, time, and money to waste.
My second’s a lady, bewitching and fair,
And for love of her people will labor and strive;
Will rise before dawn, and be wearied with care,
And pursue her with ardor as long as they live.
My whole is what ladies admire and approve,
The shopkeeper’s boast—the purchaser’s prize;
’Tis a ninepenny chintz—’tis a one-shilling glove—
It is something which makes people open their eyes.

What am I?

Answer:

Bar-gain.

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Riddle:

Carl is trying to find solutions to a geometric puzzle.  He has a square plot of land that he needs to reserve 1/4 for himself and divide the remaining 3/4 equally and in similar shape, among his 4 children.  There are two possible solutions.  Can you solve the puzzle?

Answer:

Solution #1 - Squares

First, Carl divides his as to reserve to himself one-fourth in the form of a square.

Geometric Puzzle #1

Then, Carl takes the remaining 3/4 shape and scales it down by 1/4.  He then, multiplies the shape into 4 identically shaped pieces, and aranges them so that they fit into the original 3/4 shape.

Geometric Puzzle #1 Solution 1

Solution #2 - Rectangles

First, create a triangle that is 1/4 the size of the square.

Now, with straight lines, create two squares.

Proceed to disect the two squares with horizontal lines creating 4 triangles.

Then, disect one of the resultuing triangles from each square.  The shape of land for each of his four children is divided evenly and is the same shape.

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Riddle:

A man bumps into his mathematician friend on the street that he hasn't seen in 5 years. The man asks the mathematician how old his children are. The mathematician, who always replies in riddles said, "I now have three children. The sum of their ages is equal to the number of windows on the building in front of you and the product of their ages equals 36." The friend then says "I need one more piece of information." The mathematician then replies "My youngest child has blue eyes." What are the ages of the mathematicians three children?

Answer:

They are 6, 6, and 1.

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Riddle:

Try deciphering this code - S T O E E I T A E S S S I N O Y (Hint - count and you will have the answer!)

Answer:

Did you count the number of letters? There are 16 of them. Divide them in groups of 4. Then, put each group below the other, and read column wise. Here's how you do it... S T O E E I T A E S S S I N O Y The answer to the code is See it is not so easy.

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Riddle:

A boy has as many sisters as brothers, but each sister has only half as many sisters as brothers.

How many brothers and sisters are there in the family?

Answer:

Four brothers and three sisters.

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Riddle:

In 2000, a 40-year-old doctor told his son that when a little boy he decided to be a doctor by seeing a internet web site about performing a heart transplant on a puppy with a defective heart so that the puppy would live a normal life. I then thought that I would be a doctor so that I could help people in a similar way. What is the defect in this story?

Answer:

The internet did not exist when the doctor was a little boy.

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Riddle:

A prisoner is told "If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you." What can he say to save himself?

Answer:

You will hang me.

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Riddle:

What is the difference between a school boy studying and a farmer watching his cattle?

Answer:

One is stocking his mind, while the other is minding his stock.

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Riddle:

What is the next 3 letters in this riddle? o t t f f s s _ _ _

Answer:

e n t They represent the first letter when writing the numbers one thru ten.

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