Sunday, July 8, 2007

Play -- Stump The Club

This post comes from a few days of intense carpoolin'. There was a riddle bake off ['let that bake your noodle']... Join us for fun, join us to trash talk, join us to lurk or join us post [sic, since you will actually be commenting] your favorite noodle baker... Rules are Universal and few, see the exchange between Gollum and Bilbo... 1. You must know the answer to the the riddle you present. (too easy with the help from the good old dubya dubya dubya [sic]) 2. The riddle must be solvable. 3. The answer must come from your own noggin, "I figured that out in 1st grade" does not count. Unless you actually post [sic] the answer.


  1. Too start you out easy.. here is one that was solved in 2 legs of the commute.

    How do you cut a pizza into 8 equal slices using only 3 cuts?

  2. Is the pizza hot or cold? More options to slice cold pizza, when you don't have to factor the stickiness of hot cheese...not to mention the different levels of temptation to eat

  3. Fold the pizza in half, then make 3 cuts so that each half has been divided into 4 separate pieces. That leaves a total of 8 equal pieces.

    How about a real challenge, perhaps beyond the ability of my Pre-K Kid?

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. Waiting For A Train: Every day, a wife picks up her husband at the train station at 5:00 p.m. One day he arrives early, at 4:00, and he decides to walk along the same road that his wife will be traveling. She meets him along his way, and takes him home from there. If he had waited at the train station, she would have arrived exactly at 5:00. But having met him along the way, they were able to get home 20 minutes early. So what time was it when she actually picked him up?

  6. More Difficult Problem: 12 Coins.

    There are 12 coins. One of them is fake; it is either lighter or heavier than normal coins. Find the fake coin and tell whether it is lighter or heavier by using the balance in the minimum number of steps.

    A Harder Version of 12 Coins.

    Once again you have 12 coins and a balance. This time, you must decide the exact weighings you will do before you do them. How many weighings will it take you this time?

  7. One solution is to label the coins with the letters FAKE MIND CLOT and weigh the coins in the following three combinations:

    MA DO -- LIKE
    ME TO -- FIND
    FAKE -- COIN

    Logic will now allow you to find the fake coin based on the three results. For instance, if the results were left down, balanced, left down, we could work out which coin is fake in the following way:

    From the middle weighing we know that the coins METOFIND are all normal. So one of the coins ACKL is fake. Therefore looking at these coins one at a time in the other two weighings, we can see that:

    A - appears on the left twice and could be fake.
    C - appears only once, therefore can't be fake (otherwise the first weighing would be balanced).
    K - appears on opposite sides, so it can't make the left side go down both times.
    L - appears only once, therefore can't be fake (otherwise the third weighing would be balanced).

    Therefore the only possibility is A, which must be heavier. Any other combination of ups and downs will allow you to use the same logic to find the fake coin.

  8. Subject: Riddles for ride home

    Why can't a man living in the USA be buried in Canada?
    Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow's sister? Why?
    A man builds a house rectangular in shape. All sides have southern exposure.
    A big bear walks by, what color is the bear? Why?
    If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?
    How far can a dog run into the woods?
    One big hockey fan claimed to be able to say the score before any game. How
    did he do it?
    You can start a fire if you have alcohol, petrol, kerosene, paper, candle,
    coke, a full matchbox and a piece of cotton wool. What is the first thing
    you light?
    Why do Chinese men eat more rice than Japanese men?
    What word describes a woman who does not have all her fingers on one hand?

  9. Subject: tsd th bx rddl fr chstr nd jcy

    One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin
    brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How come?

    This puzzle was submitted to Games Magazine's 'How Come' competition in
    1992 by Judy Dean. It won.

  10. Subject: Head start on riddle...I'll provide to JCY n the crpl

    If I go halfway to the town (which is 60 km away) at the speed of 30
    km/hour, how fast do I have to go for the rest of the way to have the
    average speed of the entire way 60 km/hour?

  11. In a single leg of the carpool, CHESTER presented DASH w/ all 4 variations of the detah-riddles in 20-questions format. In addition to solving some, DASH re-constructed as "classical riddles" [sic]

  12. Jack and Jill were found gasping for breath, lying in a puddle of water
    with broken glass all around. What happened?

  13. Are Jack and Jill fish?

  14. He grew gills from eating the gillyweed. Now back to the realm of reality.

    How is it possible for Jack and Jill to breathe in the water?

    "The second task requires retrieving something important to each champion
    that is hidden in Hogwarts' lake. Harry has delayed in finding a way to stay
    submerged for an hour. As the event is about to begin, Dobby, the Malfoys'
    former house-elf, gives Harry gillyweed so he can breathe underwater."

    How was Harry able to breathe underwater during the second event of the
    tri-wizard tourney? (God, I'm a geek)

    did you read Harry Potter 4 - the goblet of fire?

  15. Clara Clatter was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

    You are pushing your car. You stop at a hotel. At that precise moment you realize that you are bankrupt. What is actually going on?

  16. Subject: Who is the thief?

    A moth ate words.
    I thought that was quite curious,
    that a mere worm,
    a thief in the dark, ate what a man wrote,
    his brilliant language and its strong foundation.
    The thief got no wiser for all that he fattened himself on words.

  17. Crazy Carpool Collaboration Cracked Code on a 4-part "beheader" brainteaser that they neither one of us could have!

  18. Subject: riddle

    I beam, I shine, I sparkle white
    I'll brighten the gloom with my light
    I'll mystify and enchant all
    I'll bring out the best in you all

    Goofy, bucked, green or gold
    Young and charming, wise and old
    Sly, cunning, empty some times
    Mirthful, uplifting, within the lines

    A fleeting glimpse or prolonged show
    I'm sometimes sad, sometimes mean
    Sometimes I'll say more than you know
    Or betray what you think you've seen

    Now, if you know me, tell me so
    You have me too, you know!

  19. What is represented by this letter sequence?

    H I J K L M N O

    The sequence represents a word/thing

    Hint 1: The letter H to the letter O

    Hint 2: H..O

  20. water (H to O == H2O)


  21. Q. What did the Mommy ghost say to the baby ghost?

    Q. What kind of protozoa likes Halloween?

    Q. Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?

    Q. What happened to the guy who couldn't keep up payments to his exorcist?

    Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

    Q. What do Skeletons say before eating?

    Q. Why did the Vampire get fired from the Blood Bank?

  22. We left Saturday morning, fairly well rested after our Friday hassles. Other than the hotel being under construction (we actually called and they LIED outright to us) and having only dairy options for breakfast, which precipitated a trip to Noah's in Hastings Ranch, the morning went smoothly. We headed out, Google Maps, GPS, and printed maps and directions in hand and aimed towards . I was a Girl Scout for over a decade, a Boy Scout for a season while a backpacking club at school needed insurance that only the Scouts would provide and thus, I am prepared.

  23. Steve(/Anyone)

    Who are you?(/is Steve?)

    Did you/he mean to place this here?

    If so, please explain.

    If not, that's OK - just like all the other butterfly patterns in the Master (Non-)Plan "chaos" [sic?]...

  24. I want not concur on it. I think precise post. Specially the designation attracted me to read the unscathed story.


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