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POW: 04-30-2018

Riddle:

An item is made from lead blanks in a lathe shop. Each blank suffices for 1 item. Lead shavings accumulated for making 6 items can be melted and made into a blank. How many items can be made from 36 blanks.

Answer:

From 36 blanks there are 36 items made. The lead shavings are enough to make 6 blanks. Which make 6 more items. But don't stop here. The new shavings are good for 1 more item. Total: 43

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POW: 04-23-2018

Riddle:

A book costs $1 plus half its price. How much does it cost?

Answer:

$2

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POW: 04-16-2018

Riddle:

Not far off shore a ship stands with a rope ladder hanging over her side. The rope has 10 rungs. The distance between each rung is 12 inches. The lowest rung touches the water. The ocean is calm. Because of the incoming tide, the surface of the water rises 4 inches per hour. How soon will the water cover the third rung from the top rung of the rope ladder?

Answer:

When a problem deals with a physical phenonmenon, the phenonmenon should be considered as well as the numbers given. As the water rises, so does the rope ladder. The water will never cover the rung.

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POW: 04-09-2018

Riddle:

If you toss a die and it comes up with the number one 9 times in a row, what is the probability that it will come up with one on the next throw?

Answer:

One in six. A die has no memory of what it last showed.

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POW: 04-02-2018

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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