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  • #1068822
    haifagirl
    Participant

    This is at least 7 – 8 years old.

    Try more like 28 or 29 year old. But you’re right. It is a goodie. I remember seeing numerous lists like this back in the early 80s. I usually could figure them all out. So far I’ve got most of these, but I’m still missing 10 of them. But I’ll keep working on it.

    However, way back in the 80s, there was one that I never got, and it has haunted me until this day. Perhaps someone in the CR can take me out of my misery:

    9 = L. of a C.

    #1068823

    haifagirl-

    Two possibilities come to mind:

    1) Links of a chain (probably not, since I don’t see the significance of nine links)

    2) Lights of a Chanukia (menorah, couting the shamiss).

    #1068824

    A Google search brought up an answer that makes a lot more sense.

    Think of the old Eveready batteries.

    #1068825
    haifagirl
    Participant

    ICOT: Thank you. It never occurred to me to Google it. After all these years, I needed to be taken out of my misery. Thanks.

    #1068826
    oomis
    Participant

    9 equals lives of a cat. Clearly

    #1068827
    oomis
    Participant

    Some of these seem very obvious to me, when I see them, but others totally escape me.

    #1068828

    haifagirl-

    My pleasure.

    I use Google and (to a much lesser extent) Bing all the time for work and stuff like this.

    Google can find info about almost anything.

    Combine that with the fact that it saves all searches forever (including your IP address), it’s more like Big Brother than any other man-made thing in history.

    #1068829

    An oldie but goodie – Answers:

    1. 7 = Wonders of the Ancient World

    2. 1001 = Arabian Nights

    3. 12 = Signs of the Zodiac

    4. 54 = Cards in a Deck (with the jacks)

    5. 9 = Planets in the Solar System*

    6. 88 = Piano Keys

    7. 13 = Stripes on the American Flag

    8. 32 = Degrees Fahrenheit at which Water Freezes

    9. 90 = Degrees in a Right Angle

    10. 99 = Bottles of Beer on the Wall

    11. 18 = Holes on a Golf Course

    12. 8 = Sides on a Stop Sign

    13. 3 = Blind Mice (See How They Run)

    14. 4 = Quarts in a Gallon

    15. l = Wheels on a Unicycle

    16. 5 = Digits in a Zip Code

    17. 24 = Hours in a Day

    18. 57 = Heinz Varieties

    19. 11 = Players on a Football Team

    20. 1000 = Words that a Picture is Worth

    21. 29 = Days in February in a Leap Year

    22. 64 = Squares on a Chessboard

    23. 40 = Days and Nights of the Great Flood

    24. 2 = To Tango*

    25. 76 = Trombones in a Big Parade**

    26. 8 = Great Tomatoes in a Little Bitty Can**

    27. 101 = Dalmations

    28. 23 = Skidoo*

    31. 5 = Great Lakes

    32. 7 = Deadly Sins*

    33. 2.5 = Children in a Typical American Family*

    35. 3 = Men in a Tub

    *I didn’t get

    **Not only didn’t I get it, I have no clue what this is about

    #1068830
    anon for this
    Participant

    #25 is the title of one of one of the songs in _The Music Man_, a musical by Meredith Wilson which was (inexplicably) a Broadway hit in 1957.

    #26 is an advertising slogan created by Stan Freberg for Contadina tomato paste.

    #1068831
    oomis
    Participant

    The ones you didn’t get were:

    #5 the number of planets (the former number I should say, as Pluto has been demoted) in our solar system.

    24. and expression – It takes two to tango.

    25. 76 trombones… is a song in the Music Man

    26. I think the 8 great tomatoes is a line form a Hunt’s Tomato Sauce commercial.

    28. 23 skiddoo is an old expression from the flapper days

    29. For he’s a Jolly Good Fellow – Which nobody can deny (another old song)

    32. 7 Deadly Sins – are things like Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride. etc.

    33. 2.5 children in a typical American family – an expression reflective of the “average” American family. Obviously no one has half a child. it is merely a statistic.

    Hope this cleared things up for you.

    #1068832

    anon for this-

    oomis1105-

    Thank you.

    #1068833
    aussieboy
    Participant

    oomis1105: I believe the 2.5 is a boy girl and a cat/dog

    #1068834

    Call Me

    Professor Adam Upp, Math Chair of Smarterthan U. had a problem.

    Fifty students from around the country had applied for the twenty openings in his upcoming class.

    After careful thought, he presented the following challenge to the applicants to determine who would be selected:

    -The area code is 427

    – The last five digits are evenly divisible by 327

    – All ten digits (0 thru 9) are used once each

    – The sum of the first five digits is evenly divisible by the sum of the last five digits (or the other way around*).

    – The sum of the five digits in odd-numbered positions is evenly divisible by the sum of the digits in even-numbered positions (or the other way around*).

    *just to make it a bit tougher.

    adapted from a game magazine

    #1068835
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    a man handed an antique dealer a gold coin marked “70 BC” and asked him to appraise it. the antique dealer took one look at it and knew it was fake. any guesses how?

    #1068836

    way too easy

    #1068837
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    yup that question was posed to my chavrusas college class…he got it right away, it took the rest of the class an hour…3 of them were history majors :D:D:D

    #1068838
    potpie
    Member

    427-981-6350

    #1068839

    Silly Rhymes:

    (each of the descriptions below matches a two-word rhyming phrase)

    2) Served at the White House before the main course.

    4) Recovering a set of false teeth from a shark tank.

    5) Ensures no cheating occurs on the medical exam.

    6) Being happy for your neighbor who just got the same computer you did for 30% less.

    7) Yeltsin, giving a boring speech.

    8) Performer who doubles as a matchmaker.

    10) Cave exploration while inebriated.

    12) An altered photograph.

    13) Clown leading a parade.

    #1068840
    oomis
    Participant

    “a man handed an antique dealer a gold coin marked “70 BC” and asked him to appraise it. the antique dealer took one look at it and knew it was fake. any guesses how? “

    Well, duuuuuh!How could it be marked ANYTHING “BC” if it was before….

    “Silly Rhymes:

    (each of the descriptions below matches a two-word rhyming phrase)”

    I actually am stumped.

    4) Recovering a set of false teeth from a shark tank. Denture adventure???

    8) Performer who doubles as a matchmaker. It doesn’t rhyme, but “yentateiner” comes to mind.

    10) Cave exploration while inebriated. Drunken spelunkin’

    #1068841
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    8) badchan shadchan

    11) buffet’s tuffet

    #1068842
    haifagirl
    Participant

    8) shadchan badchan?

    9) Kutchers’ butchers

    11) Buffet”‘s tuffet?

    12) fixed pics?

    #1068843
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Sorry bomb. I posted before mods let yours through so I didn’t see it.

    #1068844
    ronrsr
    Member

    1. Islanders’ Highlander

    3. Mike hike

    6. Dell Deal Delight

    7. Boris Bore Us

    #1068845
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    nah thats ok…what are mods for if not to blame? :D:D:D lol

    #1068846
    haifagirl
    Participant

    7. Boris Bore Us

    I thought of that one too, but it’s more than two words.

    6. Dell Deal Delight

    Huh?

    #1068847
    haifagirl
    Participant

    2) Barack ???

    5) doctor proctor

    #1068848
    Health
    Participant

    5. Sue You.

    #1068849

    Call Me – Solution

    Here is the logic behind the answer:

    (copied verbatim from the puzzle magazine)

    Each digit from 0 through 9 occurs once, so the sum of the 10 digits is 45. The smallest possible sum of five different digits is 10. The only two sums into which 45 can be split so that each sum is at least 10 and the larger sum is evenly divisible by the smaller are 30 and 15.

    The sum of the first five digits must be either 15 or 30. The sum of 4, 2, and 7 is 13. If the sum of the first five digits is 15, their last two digits must be 0 and 2. But this is impossible because 427 already contains a 2.

    So the sum of the first five digits is 30. The sum of their last two digits must be 17, so they must be 89 or 98. If the first five digits are 42789, the three digits in odd-numbered positions are 4 + 7 + 9 = 20, which means that the other two digits in odd-numbered positions must total 10. But the last five digits are 0, 1, 3, 5, and 6. It is impossible to total 10 with two of these.

    So the first five digits must be 42798. The three digits in odd-numbered positions total 19, which is greater than 15, so the five digits in odd numbered positions must total 30. The other two digits in odd-numbered positions must total 11. The digits in the 7th and 9th positions must be either 5 … 6 or 6 … 5. The other three digits in the last half of the phone number are 0, 1, and 3, in some combination.

    There are 12 possibilities for the last half of the phone number: 05163, 05361, 15063, 15360, 35061, 35160, 06153, 06351, 16053, 16350, 36051, 36150. The only one that is evenly divisible by 327 is 16350.

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    2) Served at the White House before the main course. Barak Marak (haifagirl )

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    4) Recovering a set of false teeth from a shark tank. Denture Adventure (oomis1105)

    5) Ensures no cheating occurs on the medical exam. Proctor Doctor (haifagirl [not bad, Health])

    6) Being happy for your neighbor who just got the same computer you did for 30% less. Bargain Fargin

    7) Yeltsin, giving a boring speech. Sonorous Boris (ronrsr, haifagirl – alternate answer)

    8) Performer who doubles as a matchmaker. Shadchan Badchan (bonbmaniac, haifagirl)

    10) Cave exploration while inebriated. Drunk Spelunk (oomis1105)

    12) An altered photograph. Depiction Fiction (haifagirl, alternate answer)

    #1068850
    oomis
    Participant

    I thought of Boris bore us, too, but it’s too many words, as was already noted

    How about a Boris snoreus? (cheating a little, here)

    or Boris Taurus (’cause he’s full of bull).

    #1068851
    ronrsr
    Member

    14. Jewish Marriage Contract as sanctioned by Fidel Castro.

    15. Computer from USA Nation’s Capital.

    16. Yarmulke that filters even the finest particles.

    17. Curved yellow fruit grown on the Plain of Sharon.

    #1068852

    Silly Rhymes II

    1) Electrified footwear.

    2) Boring cholesterol.

    4) Arab ruler who fell into a volcano.

    7) A royal scrooge.

    13) H-shem allowed it to give Billam a piece of its mind.

    #1068853
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    14) cuba kesuba

    16)kippa hepa

    ICOT!

    6) patton’s statins (?)

    11) giant’s defiance (?)

    12) twain’s brain

    #1068854
    oomis
    Participant

    Silly Rhymes II

    These were a bit harder, I couldn’t get many of them

    1) Electrified footwear. (juice shoes?)

    2) Boring cholesterol.

    4) Arab ruler who fell into a volcano. (sheik peak)

    7) A royal scrooge. (mean queen)

    13) H-shem allowed it to give Billam a piece of its mind. (a-s sass)

    15. Computer from USA Nation’s Capital. (DC PC)

    #1068855
    haifagirl
    Participant

    ronsr:

    15) DC PC

    ICOT:

    1) shocking stocking

    5) Vigoda’s pagodas

    7) miser vizier?

    8) Cubs’ flubs

    10) Hutton’s gluttons

    #1068856
    ronrsr
    Member

    2. insipid lipid

    5. Vigoda’s pagodas (aren’t they japanese?)

    8. Cub’s flubs

    10. Hutton’s gluttons

    11. Giant’s defiance.

    14. Double-nickel pickle???

    #1068857
    ronrsr
    Member

    7. tight knight? Chintz Prince? Mean Queen?

    #1068858
    ronrsr
    Member

    18. What comes before “Minie Moe.”

    19. Unintelligent Shadchan.

    20. Tool for collecting long serpents.

    21. Belmont, or Aqueduct.

    22. Seven days when computer whizzes get together.

    23. He teaches clergymen to sermonize.

    24. Humorous rabbit.

    #1068859
    haifagirl
    Participant

    3) Lincoln thinkin’? (Okay, I know it’s The Thinker.)

    17) Netanya banana?

    #1068860
    haifagirl
    Participant

    18) eenie meenie

    20) snake rake

    21) race place

    22) geek week

    23) preacher teacher

    24) funny bunny

    #1068861
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    18) eenie meenie (come on…)

    20) snake rake (?)

    21) race place (?)

    22) geek week (being a geek myself me likey :D:D:D)

    23) preacher teacher

    24) funny bunny (too easy…)

    #1068862
    bombmaniac
    Participant

    lol once again…our posts were messed up:)

    #1068863

    1) Electrified footwear. Shocking Stocking (haifagirl)

    2) Boring cholesterol. Insipid Lipid (ronrsr)

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    17. Curved yellow fruit grown on the Plain of Sharon. Savannah Banana

    19. Unintelligent Shadchan. Stupid Cupid

    21. Belmont, or Aqueduct. Horse Course or Hack Track

    #1068864
    ronrsr
    Member

    Hey, you guys are pretty good. I did intend 17 to be Ra’anana Banana, but the other answers were good, too.

    #1068865

    Silly Rhymes IV

    1) Riki Tiki Tavi, after falling into a tub of yellowish-green paint.

    2) Young 19th-century general, bragging that he would easily defeat the Lakota and Cheyenne braves.

    3) Politely suppress a digestive noise.

    4) An unsavory Englishman.

    5) The official flag of the Acme Monkey-Wrench Company.

    6) The 36th president’s prey on a fox hunt.

    7) The ghosts of chickens past.

    8) A Minnesota college athlete, who moonlights as a limo driver.

    9) A former mouth-doctor, now being trained as an electrician.

    10) The sheep of Beelzebub.

    11) Second baseman’s redwood forest.

    12) An extraordinarily plain milk container.

    13) Cousteau’s footwear.

    14) A type of pliers in a barber shop (two sets of hyphenated words).

    #1068866
    ronrsr
    Member

    2. Custer bluster.

    3. Belch squelch.

    4. Slimey limey.

    9. Apprenticed dentist.

    12. Spartan carton.

    #1068867
    oomis
    Participant

    1) Riki Tiki Tavi, after falling into a tub of yellowish-green paint. (chartreuse mongoose)

    2) Young 19th-century general, bragging that he would easily defeat the Lakota and Cheyenne braves. (Custer Bluster)

    3) Politely suppress a digestive noise. (Squelch belch)

    4) An unsavory Englishman. (slimey Limey)

    7) The ghosts of chickens past. (prior fryer)

    12) An extraordinarily plain milk container. (spartan carton)

    13) Cousteau’s footwear. (Jacques’ sox)

    #1068868
    oomis
    Participant

    addendum to my riddle guesses:

    “14) A type of pliers in a barber shop (two sets of hyphenated words). “

    Slip-joint clip-joint

    #1068869
    haifagirl
    Participant

    6) Nixon vixen (Wasn’t he 37th president?)

    8) gopher chauffeur

    #1068870
    haifagirl
    Participant

    5) spanner banner

    10) d*** lamb?

    #1068871
    oomis
    Participant

    haifa girl – THAT’S what threw me off. LBJ was the 36th pres. I kept trying to think of Baines’ gains or Johnson vontzen (?) or something else that made no sense to me. You’re right it is Nixon, the NEXT pres.

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