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Riddle:

Tom volunteered to be the chief organizer for the world's tether ball championships. There were 657 contestants from around the world. The tournament was set up whereby the winner would advance and the loser would be eliminated. Since there was an odd number of participants, the initial pairing leaves one player out. That player gets a bye and automatically advances to the next round. How many matches will Tom have to schedule to determine the tether ball champion?

Answer:

656 matches will be needed.

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Riddle:

If you have three oranges and you take away two, how many will you have?

Answer:

the answer is 2 two you take 2.... (you have 2)

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Riddle:

If you have two hourglasses -- one four-minute timer and one seven-minute timer, how can you measure nine minutes?

Answer:

Turn over both hourglasses at once. When the four-minute hourglass runs out, turn it over. When the seven-minute hourglass runs out, turn it over. When the four-minute timer runs out this time (eight minutes have elapsed), the seven-minute hourglass has been running for one minute. Now turn over the seven minute timer back over. When the timer runs out, nine minutes have elapsed.

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Riddle:

There is a creature which could double its size every day. So, if the creature is put in a tank then it will fill the tank in 10 days.

How many days would it take for the creature to fill 1/2 and 1/4 of the tank?

Answer:

9 days to fill 1/2 and 8 days to fill 1/4 of the tank.  If the creature fills the tank in 10 days and it doubles every day, on the ninth day it would fill 1/2 the tank. Thus on the 8th day it will fill 1/4 of tank.

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Riddle:

Eight years ago, Bill was eight times the age of his son Bill Jr. Today, if you add their ages together, they add up to 52. How old are Bill and his son?

Answer:

Bill is 40, and Bill Jr. is 12.

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Riddle:

A 300 ft. train is traveling 300 ft. per minute must travel through a 300 ft. long tunnel.  How long will it take the train to travel through the tunnel?

Answer:

Two minutes. It takes the front of the train one minute and the rest of the train will take two minutes to clear the tunnel.

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Riddle:

Two 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 is it now?

Answer:

It would be 9:00 pm. There are 12 hours between 1:00 pm and 1:00 am and half of that is six hours. Half-way between would be 7 o'clock. Two hours later it would be 9:00 o'clock.

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Riddle:

A frog fell into a well 12 feet deep. He could jump 3 feet, but every time he jumped 3 feet, he fell back 2 feet. How many times did he have to jump to get out of the well?

Answer:

The tenth jump took him out. (On the tenth jump he reached 13 feet and was out.)

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Riddle:

A half is a third of it. What is it?

Answer:

1 1/2.

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Riddle:

If 10 bags of jelly beans and 6 licorice sticks cost $1, and 10 licorice sticks and 6 jelly bean bags cost 92 cents.

How much does one licorice stick cost?

 

Answer:

5 cents. Jelly bean bags cost 7 cents.

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