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POW: 08-12-2019

Riddle:

A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, "that's nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no types of equipment or air pockets!" The magician told the kid if he could do that, he'd give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. Can you figure out how?

Answer:

The kid filled a glass of water and held it over his head for 10 minutes.

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POW: 08-05-2019

Riddle:

What single-digit number should go in the box with the question?


























6 5 9 2 7
1 4 3 5 ?
8 0 2 8 1
Answer:

The missing number is 4.  Simply add the first and second rows together to get the third row value.

  65, 927
+ 14, 354
  80, 281
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POW: 07-29-2019

Riddle:

How can you give someone $63 using six bills, without using any one dollar bills?

Answer:

1 - $50 bill, 1 - $5 bill , 4 - $2 bills

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POW: 07-22-2019

Riddle:

A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs. As he is walking he meets someone who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. He walks a little further and meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg. At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg. How many eggs did the man have to start with?

Answer:

7 eggs. The first person bought one half of his eggs plus one half an egg (3 1/2 + 1/2 = 4 eggs) This left him 3 eggs. The second person bought one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg, (1 1/2 + 1/2 = 2 eggs) leaving the man 1 egg. The last person bought one-half of his eggs plus one-half an egg, (1/2 + 1/2 = 1 egg) leaving no eggs.

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POW: 07-15-2019

Riddle:

Robert and David were preparing to have a water balloon fight. "No Fair" cried Robert, "You have 3 times as many as I do!" David said "Fine!" and gave Robert 10 more balloons. "Still not fair!" argued Robert, "You still have twice as many as I do." How many more balloons must David give Robert for them to have the same number?

Answer:

David must give Robert another 20 water balloons, giving them each 60. Robert started with 30 water balloons and David with 90.

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POW: 07-08-2019

Riddle:

Jenna wrote all the numbers from 300 to 400 on a piece of paper. How many times did she write the digit 3?

Answer:

Jenna wrote it 120 times.

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POW: 07-01-2019

Riddle:

While on my way to St. Ives, I saw a man with 7 wives. Each wife had 7 sacks. Each sack had 7 cats. Each cat had 7 kittens. Kitten, cats, sacks, wives, How many were going to St. Ives?

Answer:

Just one, me.

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POW: 06-24-2019

Riddle:

You have two container, a 5 gallon and a 3 gallon container. How do you measure out 4 gallons?

Answer:

Fill up the 3 gallon container and pour the 3 gallons into the 5 gallon container.
Then, fill the 3 gallon container back up, and pour it into the 5 gallon container.
The 3 gallon container will have 1 gallon left.
Empty the 5 gallon container.
Pour the remining 1 gallon into the 5 gallon container.
Then fill the 3 gallon container back up and pour it into the 5 gallon container.
Thus, you have 4 gallons.

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Riddle:

There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said the Madam. "No it's not," says the man. "It's less than half full." Without any measuring implements and without removing any wine from the barrel, how can they easily determine who is correct?

Answer:

Tilt the barrel until the wine barely touches the lip of the barrel. If the bottom of the barrel is visible then it is less than half full. If the barrel bottom is still completly coverd by the wine, then it is more than half full.

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POW: 06-10-2019

Riddle:

A girl is twice as old as her brother and half as old as her father. In 50 years, her brother will be half as old as his father. How old is the daughter now?

Answer:

50 years old.

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