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Riddle:

Out of 100 ladies attending the dance,

85 had a white hand bag;
75 had black shoes;
60 carried an umbrella;
90 wore a ring;


How many ladies must have had all four items?


 

Answer:

10

Divide by 3. All the ladies had three items. The remainder shows the number of ladies who had 4.

85
75
60
90
______
310 / 3 = 100 + 10 remainder

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POW: 10-08-2018

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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POW: 10-01-2018

Riddle:

Pronounced as one letter, And written with three, Two letters there are, And two only in me. I'm double, I'm single, I'm black, blue, and gray, I'm read from both ends, And the same either way. What am I?

Answer:

An eye.

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POW: 09-24-2018

Riddle:

There's a land where there's mummies and daddies but no babies. Books but no libraries. Mirrors but no reflections. Kittens but no cats. Cattle but no cows. Lollipops but no candy and trees but no forests. It's the land of what?

Answer:

The land of double letters.

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POW: 09-17-2018

Riddle:

A horse was tied to a rope 5 meters long and the horses food was 15 metres away from the horse. How did the horse reach the food?

Answer:

The rope wasn't tied to anything so he could reach the food.

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POW: 09-10-2018

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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POW: 09-03-2018

Riddle:

There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said Curly. "No it's not," says Mo. "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: 08-27-2018

Riddle:

When asked how old she was, Suzie replied, "In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago." How old is she?

Answer:

She's 12!

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POW: 08-20-2018

Riddle:

How many 1 foot by 1 foot bricks would it take to complete a building that's 20 feet long on all four sides and 20 feet high?

Answer:

Only one; the last brick you put in will complete it.

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POW: 08-13-2018

Riddle:

What is the next number in the series?


7,645 5,764 4,576...

Answer:

6,457. The last digit is moved to the front to make the next number.

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