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POW: 04-15-2019

Riddle:

What weighs more? A pound of feathers or a pound of stones?

Answer:

The same. They both weigh a pound!

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Riddle:

An officer wishing to arrange his men in a solid square found by his first arrangement that he had 39 men left over. He then started increasing the number of men on a side by one, but found that 50 additional men would be needed to complete a new square.


How many men did the officer have?

Answer:

The officer had 1975 men. When he formed a square measuring 44 by 44, he had 39 men over. When he tried to form a square 45 x 45, he was 50 men short.

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POW: 04-01-2019

Riddle:

Ben walked into a hardware store and asked the price of some items. The salesman said: One costs $1, Eight costs $1, Seventeen cost $2, One hundred four costs $3 and One thousand seventy two costs $4. What was Ben buying?

Answer:

Ben was buying home address numbers and they cost $1 per digit.

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POW: 03-25-2019

Riddle:

Lily is a lillypad in a small pond. Lilly doubles her size each day, On the 20th day she cover the whole pond. On what day was Lily half the size of the pond?

Answer:

Day 19, it's not 10 because on day 20 she doubled from day 19, so 19 must be half the size of the pond.

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POW: 03-18-2019

Riddle:

Find four numbers, the sum of which is 45, so that if 2 is added to the first number, 2 is subtracted from the second number, the third number is multiplied by 2 and the fourth number is divided by 2, then the four numbers so produced are all the same. What are the four numbers?

Answer:

 8 + 2 = 10

12 - 2 = 10

  5 x 2 = 10

20 ÷ 2 = 10
45

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Riddle:

A car's odometer shows 72927 miles, a palindromic number. What are the minimum miles you would need to travel to form another?

Answer:

110 miles. (73037)

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POW: 03-04-2019

Riddle:

If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?

Answer:

11 o'clock plus 2 hours = 1 o'clock

9 o'clock plus 5 hours = 2 o'clock

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POW: 02-25-2019

Riddle:

What has a foot on each side and one in the middle?

Answer:

A yardstick.

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Riddle:

Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each. How can this be possible?

Answer:

There was the father, his son, and his son's son. This equals 2 fathers and 2 sons for a total of 3!

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POW: 02-11-2019

Riddle:

Given two 2s, "plus" can be changed to "times" without changing the results: 2 + 2= 2 x 2.


The solution with three numbers is easy too: 1 + 2 + 3= 1 x 2 x 3.


Now find the answer for 4 numbers and for 5 numbers.

Answer:

Solution for 4 numbers:

1 + 1 + 2 + 4= 1 x 1 x 2 x 4.

Solution for 5 numbers:

1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 5= 1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 4 

1 + 1 + 1 + 3 + 3= 1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 4

1 + 1 +2 + 2 + 2= 1 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2

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