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noitallmr
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Please post some below with the answers. Here’s one to start off with:

Q:

What is Black when buying, Red when using and Grey when you throw it away?

A:

A Piece of Coal….

#1067631

Determine what number (single-digit) the letters correspond to:

CARTER + CLINTON = LINCOLN

Hints to get you started:

Since the leading digit in LINCOLN is not the same as the leading digit in CARTER, L + C > ?

There are a couple letters that can be switched value-wise.

#1067632

“Riddle” as in Tom Marvolo Riddle?

#1067633

From the Mensa Puzzle Calendar, Nov. 15, 2007:

Find the missing letter-

15,8 S

9,6 T

2,1 O

7,5 T

11,3 ?

no hints!

#1067634
ulisis
Member

What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?

#1067635

ulisis:

Man. Crawls in infanthood (four legs), walks upright during life (two legs), and walks with a cane in old age (three legs).

That was the Sphinx’s riddle.

#1067636
ulisis
Member

Actually, in the interests of accuracy, let me rephrase my riddle:

What, metaphorically speaking, walks on four legs just after midnight, on two legs for most of the day, barring accidents, until at least suppertime, when it continues to walk on two legs or with any prosthetic aids of its choice?

#1067637

Attention dieters:

Will you weigh more at the equator or at the north pole?

Give two reasons why.

#1067638

ulisis:

Zelbe zach.

#1067639
feivel
Participant

you have 9 coins, all appear identical in every way.

but one of them is a bit heavier than the other 8 coins, which are all equal in weight.

you have an old fashioned balance scale, one with two ears or platforms

making just two weighings, two measurments with the scale (nothing tricky in the wording here, mamish two weighings, each weighing of course consisting of putting some coins on one side and some on the other, doing this 2 times)

determine which is the heavier coin

again no tricks

just logic

#1067640

Feivel-

Split them into groups of three.

The first measurement will determine which group is heaviest.

The second measurement will determine which coin is heaviest (left, right, or excluded).

#1067641

You have two equal sized boxes in every dimension (height, width, depth, length ect) and made out of the same material. One is filled with nickels and the other was filled half-way with dimes. You can choose one- which one would you choose? (Choose the one that is worth more.)

#1067642
feivel
Participant

excellent

again icot!

ill have to try to remember a more difficult one, special for you.

#1067643

I can only try- can you give another hint, or explain the one about C+L? I have done these types in the past, but not ones this long. Thanks!

#1067644

Maybe an idea- after one day (or other amount of time) post your answers….

#1067645
feivel
Participant

there are 3 stations at the mint

at each station one person is standing and minting coins.

it is known that one of the persons (that is at one station) is shorting every coin by one ounce and pocketing the extra gold. the other two are honest

you have a scale. the type that you put something on it and it gives you the weight, not a balance scale.

due to union regulations you can use the scale only once.

how can you find the culprit.

#1067646
noitallmr
Participant

#1067647

havesomeseichel-

The dimes. Although circles of a different diameter will fill an equal area in a square, the thickness of the dimes is less than the nickels.

Feivel-

Thank you.

Weigh 1 from stack 1, 2 from 2 and three from 3 together, then see if you are short 1,2 or 3.

#1067648

havesomeseichel-

Another hint- since we know R is zero (see hint 1) and the result of R + N (fourth digit from right) is C we know that N + 1 = C, and T > 4 (since T + T forces the carry from the third position from the right).

#1067649
feivel
Participant

icot

i give up (for now)

#1067650

Feivel-

I must ‘fess up – I had an almost identical puzzle many years ago, with 25 bags of gold coins.

B”N I will not be a “chapper” again for one I already heard.

#1067651
squeak
Participant

2 reasons why you would weigh more at the poles:

1) You would be wearing a lot more clothing

2) The Earth is flattened at the poles so you are closer to the center of the Earth, hence more affected by gravity.

#1067652
feivel
Participant

icot only

and i wont post the answer

lets see if you can get THIS one!

my name is bobby

i live in a red house

i have 8 children

one of them is named dolores

i eat eggs every morning

i weigh 120 pounds

what is my social security number?

#1067653

squeak-

“1) You would be wearing a lot more clothing”

– That’s very funny, but not the answer I had in mind.

“2) The Earth is flattened at the poles so you are closer to the center of the Earth, hence more affected by gravity.”

– Correct!

#1067654
oomis
Participant

What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold? (This is an oldie)

#1067655
Joseph
Participant

oomis1105, a pound is a pound (the same)

#1067656
feivel
Participant

oomis thats easy

since gold is considered a liquid commodity, it is measured using the standard of the International Magnitude and Criteria Commission, located in Washington, DC

feathers are considered an item of indirect commerce and thus would be measured according to the British Measuration Standards, which is slightly smaller in mass than the IMSC standard.

therefore a pound of feathers would weigh less than a pound of gold

#1067657

Joseph:

Q. Which weighs more, a pound of silver or a pound of gold?

#1067658

Hmm, a RED house? That’s interesting…:)

#1067659
Joseph
Participant

Feivel (& oomis1105),

According to the shitta on WikiAnswers:

While on the face of it a pound of feathers would seem to weigh the same as a pound of gold, this overlooks the fact that gold is universally weighed using a different definition of ‘pound’ than that used for most other materials.

Precious metals such as gold are measured in troy weight. A troy pound is 12 troy ounces, and each troy ounce is 480 grains, making a total of 5760 grains to the pound of gold.

Most materials use pounds and ounces from the avoirdupois system, and such a standard pound is made up of 16 ounces, where each ounce is 437.5 grains, making a total of 7000 grains to the pound of feathers.

All this means that a “pound” of feathers (or bricks, or lead) is heavier than a “pound” of gold.

#1067660
feivel
Participant

bobby is a feminist ðŸ˜‰

#1067661

Feivel-

“Mission Accomplished” – I’m stumped.

I tried figuring gematrios, remazim from the words, Bobby Kennedy – nothing doing.

Is the answer a real number?

The only thing I can think of is a trick answer like “private”, “a secret” or “not your business”.

#1067662
squeak
Participant

Gold is measured in troy ounces, and there are only 12 troy ounces in a pound. A troy ounce is slightly heavier than a regular one, but 12 troy is still less than 16 regular.

So the companion riddle to the pound feathers vs pound gold is

What weighs more? An ounce of feathers or an ounce of gold?

#1067663
Feif Un
Participant

ICOT:

530890+5614874=6145764

#1067664

oomis1105-

feivel-

I thought I remembered that question, with the answer being “a pound of feathers” since a pound of gold is only 12 ounces (not 16).

Feivel’s answer was very authoratative, so I “cheated” and went to Wikipedia for the following info:

Q: Are there 12 ounces in one pound of gold?

A: Gold and other precious metals are measured using tht Troy Measurement System instead of the Avoirdupois Weight System common in the US. A troy pound is equal to 12 Troy ounces. There are 16 ounces in a pound (avdp). The common point where one Troy something equals one Avoirdupois something and one Apothecary something is the grain. One pound (avdp) equals 14.583400600306332 Ounces (troy). So when speaking of gold silver or platinum a distinction should always be made on which weight system is in use.

So, it seems either answer can be correct.

#1067665
Jayk
Member

Here is a riddle that I have been working on for a few weeks with no answer yet.

Any help would be appreciated.

3 men are traveling together and walk into a hotel to stay the night. To save on money, they decide to share a room. They walk up to the front desk and told by the clerk that the room will cost \$30. So each of the travelers give him \$10 and he gives them the room key.

A few minutes later, the hotel clerk realizes that he made a mistake and the price is really \$25 and he owes the travellers \$5. However, the clerk did not have the correct change to pay back to the travelers.

So the clerk decided that instead of notifying the travlelers that he owes them \$5, he will give them each \$1 and pocket the remaining \$2 for himself.

And that is what he did.

However, a major question remains.

The travelers started off by each one paying \$10, which was a total of \$30.

Then the clerk gave each one back \$1 and pocketed the other \$2.

So turns out that each travelr paid \$9 for the room.

\$9 x 3 travelers is \$27. The clerk pocketed \$2 for himself. \$27 + \$2 is \$29.

What happened to the other dollar????

#1067666
Feif Un
Participant

Jayk: The \$2 that the clerk kept was part of the \$9 that they paid. \$25 for the room, and \$2 that the clerk kept.

The other \$3 was returned to the travelers.

#1067667
Joseph
Participant

27 MINUS 2 = 25 (how much they should’ve paid)

#1067668

Feif Un-

Correct!

C=5 L=6 I=1 N=4 T=8 O=7 A=3 R=0 E=9

The other question:

“Will you weigh more at the equator or at the north pole?

Give two reasons why.”

More at the north pole.

Squeak gave one answer – the earth is slightly flattened at the poles, and bulging at the equator, making the poles closer to the center of the earth.

The second answer is the centrifugal force at the equator (@25,000 mile circumference performing a full rotation in slightly under 24 hours = over 1,000 MPH at the equator).

#1067669

Find the missing letter-

15,8 S

9,6 T

2,1 O

7,5 T

11,3 ?

no hints! – (except this one – each letter starts a word you can find in the dictionary. No word [including the “missing letter” word] is longer than five letters. If you figure out even one word, you will easily figure out the rest.)

#1067670
Ashrecha Yisroel
Participant

A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink of water. The bartender instead takes out a gun and aims it at the man. The man said “thank you” and walked out.

Try to clarify the situation so it makes sense by asking questions.

I will respond to yes or no questions until I gotta go, when I will give the answer if it wasn’t figured out.

#1067671
Ashrecha Yisroel
Participant

A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink of water. The bartender instead takes out a gun and aims it at the man. The man said “thank you” and walked out.

Try to clarify the situation so it makes sense by asking questions.

I will respond to yes or no questions until I gotta go, when I will give the answer if it wasn’t figured out.

#1067672
Ashrecha Yisroel
Participant

Sorry I posted it twice.

#1067673
LAer
Member

I can only try: E, right?

#1067675
oomis
Participant

First of all Yasher koach to all those who correctly guessed that feathers are measured by a different standard of weight than gold, so a pound of gold is really lighter in weight than a pound of feathers, 4 oz. less per pound, to be precise. Next, I am wondering about the bar and the water joke – was the gun a water gun and the man needed water but either could not drink it from a cup (maybe he had dental work or something that interfered with normal drinking),or maybe he did not need the water to actually drink necessarily, but either to wash off something or the like. I bet the answer is something really obvious.

#1067676

Ashrecha Yisroel:

#1067677
Ashrecha Yisroel
Participant

oomis,

No to the water gun question.

Yes to the something really obvious.

He did want the water to drink

#1067678
Ashrecha Yisroel
Participant

GMAB:

CORRECT!!!!

#1067679

LAer-

Correct!

#1067680
oomis
Participant

Hiccups!!!!! ROTFL!

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