**Another Quiz
for Thinkers**

1. There is one
word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?

2. A man gave one
son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?

3. A boat has a
ladder that has six rungs; each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one
foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide
peaks in one hour. When the tide is at
its highest, how many rungs are under water?

4. Is half of two
plus two equal to two or three?

5. There is a room.
The shutters are blowing in. There is broken glass on the floor. There is water
on the floor. You find Sloppy dead on the floor. How did Sloppy die?

6. How much dirt
would be in a hole 6 feet deep and 6 feet wide, that has been dug with a square
edged shovel?

7. I am in

8. What is the
significance of the following? The year
is 1978, thirty-four minutes past

9. What can go up a
chimney down, but can't go down a chimney up?

10. A farmer has 5
haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in another field. How many haystacks would he have if he
combined them all in the center field?

11. What is it that
goes up and goes down but does not physically move?

12. Paul is 20
years old in 1980, but only 15 years old in 1985. How is this possible?

13. What can have
four legs, but only one foot?

14. Kindly old
Grandfather Lunn

Is twice as old as his son

Twenty-five years ago

Their age ratio

Strange enough was three to one.

How old is Grandfather Lunn?

15. Said a certain
young lady named Gwen

Of her tally of smitten young men

"One less plus three more

Divided by four

Together give one more than ten."

How many boyfriends does Gwen have?

16. A team's
opening batter named Nero

Squared his number of hits, the big hero!

After subtracting his score

He took off ten and two more

And the final result was a "zero."

How many hits did Nero make?

17. Some freshman
from Trinity Hall

Played hockey with a wonderful ball.

Two times its weight

Plus weight squared, minus eight,

Gave "nothing" in ounces at all.

What was the weight of the ball?

18. The Bar Z ranch
was a dude ranch. One day a new "dude" asked one of the stable hands
how many men were tending the horses in the corral. Having a mischievous sense
of humor, he replied, "I saw eighty-two feet and twenty-six heads."
He then walked away, leaving the dude scratching his head trying to figure it
out. How many men were tending the
horses?

19. One morning as
Paul was getting his newspaper, he noticed something that needed to be fixed,
on his new house. At the hardware, he described his problem to the manager. The
manager said, "I know just what you need." He led Paul down some
aisles and stopped in front of some bins. Digging down into some of the bins,
he set something up on the shelf.

"I saw your
house when it was built," the manager said. "Here's all that you'll
need and how much it'll cost ... five will be 15 cents, while fifty will be 30
cents. 250 will be 45 cents, while 2507 will only cost you 60 cents. One lady,
about 20 blocks from your house, bought 30247 and only paid 75 cents! These are
black, but they also come in gold and silver."

What was the manager selling?

20. If it takes 3
people to dig a hole, how many does it take to dig half hole?

21. What is the
beginning of eternity? The end of time and space? The beginning of every end?
And the end of every place?

ANSWERS:

1. There is one
word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?

**“Incorrectly”**

2. A man gave one
son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?

**“****1:45****” **The man gave away a total of 25 cents. He divided it between two people.
Therefore, he gave a

3. A boat has a
ladder that has six rungs; each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one
foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide
peaks in one hour. When the tide is at its highest, how many rungs are under
water?

**“None, the boat
rises with the tide. Duh.”**

4. Is half of two
plus two equal to two or three?

**“Three”** Well, it seems that it could almost be
either, but if you follow the mathematical orders of operation, division is
performed before addition. So ... half of two is one. Then add two, and the
answer is three.

5. There is a room.
The shutters are blowing in. There is broken glass on the floor. There is water
on the floor. You find Sloppy dead on the floor. How did Sloppy die?

**“Sloppy is a
goldfish. The wind blew the shutters in, which knocked his goldfish bowl off
the table and it broke, killing him.”**

6. How much dirt
would be in a hole 6 feet deep and 6 feet wide, that has been dug with a square
edged shovel?

**“None”**

No matter how big a hole is, it's still a hole -- the
absence of dirt.

7. I am in

**“Both questions,
same answer. The ball in the bucket of 45 degree F. water hits the bottom of
the bucket last.”** Did you
think that the water in the 30 degree F. bucket is frozen? Think again. The
question said nothing about that bucket having anything in it. Therefore, there
is no water (or ice) to slow the ball down.

8. What is the
significance of the following ... The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past

**“The time and
month/date/year are ****12:34****, ****5/6/78****.”**

9. What can go up a
chimney down, but can't go down a chimney up?

**“An umbrella”**

10. A farmer has 5
haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in another field. How many haystacks
would he have if he combined them all in the center field?

**“One” **If he combines all of his haystacks, they
all become one big stack.

11. What is it that
goes up and goes down but does not physically move?

**The temperature**

12. Paul is 20
years old in 1980, but only 15 years old in 1985. How is this possible?

**“The years are
in B.C., not A.D. as you probably assumed.”** Based on the system we use to number the years, the years counted down
in B.C. (but they weren't counting backwards back then).

13. What can have four
legs but only one foot?

**“A bed”**

14. Kindly old Grandfather
Lunn

Is twice as old as his son

Twenty-five years ago

Their age ratio

Strange enough was three to one.

How old is
Grandfather Lunn?

**“He is 100 and his son is 50.”**

** **

15. Said a certain
young lady named Gwen

Of her tally of smitten young men

"One less plus three more

Divided by four

Together give one more than ten."

How many boyfriends
had she?

**“Gwen had 42
boyfriends.”**

42-1=41. 41+3=44. 44/4=11. 11-1=10.

16. A team's
opening batter named Nero

Squared his number of hits, the big hero!

After subtracting his score

He took off ten and two more

And the final result was a "zero."

How many hits did
Nero make?

**“4” **If you square it, you get 16. Subtract his
number of hits and you get 12. Subtract 10 and then 2 more and you get 0.

17. Some freshman
from Trinity Hall

Played hockey with a wonderful ball.

Two times its weight

Plus weight squared, minus eight,

Gave "nothing" in ounces at all.

What was the weight
of the ball?

**“2 ounces”** (Beach ball or ping-pong ball?) 2x2=4.
4+2^2=8. 8-8=0.

18. The Bar Z ranch
was a dude ranch. One day a new "dude" asked one of the stable hands
how many men were tending the horses in the corral. Having a mischievous sense
of humor, he replied, "I saw eighty-two feet and twenty-six heads."
He then walked away, leaving the dude scratching his head trying to figure it
out. How many men were tending the horses?

**“11 men (and 15
horses)” **11 (men) x 2 (feet
per man)=22, 15 (horses) x 4 (feet per horse)=60, and 22 (men's feet) + 60
(horse's feet) = 82 feet. Also, 11 (men) + 15 (horses) = 26 (total heads).

19. One morning as
Paul was getting his newspaper, he noticed something that needed to be fixed,
on his new house. At the hardware, he described his problem to the manager. The
manager said, "I know just what you need." He led Paul down some
aisles and stopped in front of some bins. Digging down into some of the bins,
he set something up on the shelf.

"I saw your
house when it was built," the manager said. "Here's all that you'll
need and how much it'll cost ... five will be 15 cents, while fifty will be 30
cents. 250 will be 45 cents, while 2507 will only cost you 60 cents. One lady,
about 20 blocks from your house, bought 30247 and only paid 75 cents! These are
black, but they also come in gold and silver."

What was the
manager selling?

**“House numbers” **Each digit costs 15 cents.

20. If it takes 3
people to dig a hole, how many does it take to dig half a hole?

**“It's impossible
to dig a half of a hole. Either you have a hole, or you don't.**”

21. What is the
beginning of eternity? The end of time and space? The beginning of every end?
And the end of every place?

**“The letter E”**

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