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Riddle:

The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance. Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly re-fuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?

Answer:

The test was a blood test. The elder remembered that the true prince was a hemophiliac.

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Riddle:

Oh, what a surprise! Oh, what a miracle! It sprouted without a seed, It stood without a trunk.

Answer:

The world.

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Riddle:

My first is a creature whose breeding is unclear. My second, a price you must pay. My whole can be found in the river of Time and refers to events of today. What am I?

Answer:

Current.

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Riddle:

Many-manned scud-thumper, Maker of worn wood, Shrub-ruster, Sky-mocker, Rave! Portly pusher, Wind-slave.

What am I?

Answer:

The ocean!

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Riddle:

A watchmaker was telephoned urgently to make a house call to replace the broken hands on a clock. He was sik so he sent his apprentice.

The apprentice was thorough. When he finished inspecting the clock it was dark. Assuming his work was done, he attached the new hands and set the clock by his pocket watch. It was sic o'clock, so he set the big hand at the 12 and the little hand at the 6.

The apprectice returned, but soon the telephone rang. He picked up to his angry client:

"You didn't do the job right. The clock shows the wrong time."

Surprised he hurried back. He found the clock showing not much past eight. He handed is watch to the client and showed her that her clock was not even one second late. The client had to agree.

Early the nect morning, the client telephoned to say the clock has apparently gone berserk, hands were moving around the clock at will. The apprentice again rushed over, the clock showed a little past seven. After checking his watch he yelled:

"You are making fun of me! Your clock shows the right time!"

Have you figured out whats going on?

Answer:

As the problem says the apprentice mixed up the hands so that the minute hand was short and the hour hand was long.

The first time the apprentice returned to the client was about 2 hours and 10 minutes after he had set the clock at six.The long had moved olny from twelve to a little past two. The little made two whole circles and an additional 10 minutes. Thus the clock showed the correct time.

The next day around 7:o5 a.m.he came a second time,13 hours and 15 minutes after he had set the clock for six. The long had, acting as the hour hand,covered 13 hours to reach 1. The short hand made 13 full circles and 5 minutes, reaching 7, So the clock showed the correct time again.

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Riddle:

A man phoned his daughter to ask her to buy a few things he needed for a trip. He told her she would find enough dollar bills for the purchase in an envolope on his desk. She found the note with 98 written on it.

In the store she bought $90 dollars worth of things, but when it was time to pay she not only did have $8 left over but she was short.

By how much and why?

Answer:

(A). $4. She had read 86 upside down.

(B). Turn 9 upside down and exchange it with the 8. Both columms will add to 18.

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Riddle:

When the celebrated German mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) was nine he was asked to add all the integers from 1 through 100. He quickly added 1 to 100, 2 to 99, and so on for 50 pairs of numbers each adding to 101.

Answer: 50 X 101=5,050.

Now find the sum of all the digits in integers from 1 through 1,000,000,000.

That's all the digits in all the numbers, not all the numbers themselves.

Answer:

The numbers can be grouped by pairs:

999,999,999 and 0;

999,999,998 and 1'

999,999,997 and 2;

and so on....

There are half a billion pairs, and the sum of the digits in each pair is 81. The digits in the unpaired number, 1,000,000,000, add to 1. Then:

(500,000,000 X 81) + 1= 40,500,000,001.

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Riddle:

Rearrange all the letters in each of the sentences to form, in each case, a well known proverb.

1. I dont admit women are faint.

2. It rocks. The broad flag of the free.

3. Strong lion's share almost gone.

Answer:

1. Time and tide wait for no man.

2. Birds of a feather flock together.

3. A rolling sone gahters no moss.

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Riddle:

I have ten or more daughters. I have less than ten daughters. I have at least one daughter. If only one of these statements is true, how many daughters do I have?

Answer:

If I have any daughters, there will always be two statements which are true. Therefore, I have no daughters.

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Riddle:

I am a perching barrel, filled with meat, Taking hits from leaps and dives. Look inside, but do not eat, The meat in there is still alive!

Answer:

A thimble on a finger.

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