Thread: This riddle is driving me nuts...

1. I think there was a problem in the quoting, but it appears to be fixed now.

2. It looks fine to me now. Thanks.

3. Originally Posted by ToSeek
I'll take that as a cue to post another poser:

There are several English words that contain all the 5 vowels. Can you name some of them? (The answer I've got has seven such words.)
abstemious (all in order, and with the y in abstemiously)
edacious
graciousness

(I presume your list doesn't include inflections like facetiousness, abstemiousness etc)

4. Originally Posted by Irishman
Okay, could somebody show how to set up and work the math problem?
I just did it with pencil and paper (and with a bit of number-crunching from my desktop calculator).

Time Elapsed......Number of People in the Know

0:00....................1 = 1
0:30....................1 + 4 = 5
1:00....................1 + 4 + 16 = 21
1:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 = 85
2:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 = 341
2:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 = 1,365
3:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 = 5,461
3:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 = 21,845
4:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 = 87,381
4:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 349,525
5:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 1,398,101
5:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 5,592,405
6:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 22,369,621
6:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 89,478,485
7:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 357,913,941
7:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 1,431,655,765
8:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 5,726,623,061

5. Originally Posted by ToSeek
I'll take that as a cue to post another poser:

There are several English words that contain all the 5 vowels. Can you name some of them? (The answer I've got has seven such words.)
The "official" list is:

Education, Euphoria, Precarious, Pneumonia, Ambidextrous, Adventitious and Unequivocal

Obviously there are plenty more.

6. Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?

7. Not far apart at all.

8. Originally Posted by ToSeek
Two vertical 750 ft posts
Big posts. Really big posts.

... have a 1000 ft rope stretched between
Stretched?

... their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
Not to scale:

||

9. Originally Posted by ToSeek
Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
Doh!

They've got to be right next to each other - no distance at all.

10. Originally Posted by SeanF
Originally Posted by ToSeek
Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
Doh!

They've got to be right next to each other - no distance at all.
And how much math did you do before you realized that?

What three letter word best completes the below
words?

...EW
B...ET
FL...
C...ET
M...

(The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)

11. Originally Posted by ToSeek
What three letter word best completes the below
words?

...EW
B...ET
FL...
C...ET
M...

(The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)

12. Originally Posted by ToSeek
And how much math did you do before you realized that?
I just thought about it for a second or so. I was reaching for a pad of paper when I figured it out.

13. Originally Posted by ToSeek
What three letter word best completes the below
words?

...EW
B...ET
FL...
C...ET
M...

(The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)
[Edit: oops! Just realized 01101001 got it before me!]

14. What English words (all acceptable in Scrabble) consist of nine letters but only one syllable?

(I've found twelve in the dictionary)

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I got strengths.

16. Originally Posted by Eroica
What English words (all acceptable in Scrabble) consist of nine letters but only one syllable?
scratched
stretched
strengths
straights
staunched
screeched
screiched
screighed
skreighed
schnorred
strauchts
straughts

8)

17. The same five letters can be anagrammed into four different words that fill in the blanks in the sentence to make (somewhat) good sense. What are the missing words if the sentence is…
‘The farmer with hundreds of _ _ _ _ _ of land, deeply _ _ _ _ _ about the amount of rainfall, and _ _ _ _ _ around with artificial watering systems when the ground is dry enough to _ _ _ _ _ him about the possibility of crop failure.’

18. Originally Posted by ToSeek
The same five letters can be anagrammed into four different words that fill in the blanks in the sentence to make (somewhat) good sense. What are the missing words if the sentence is…
‘The farmer with hundreds of acres of land, deeply cares about the amount of rainfall, and races around with artificial watering systems when the ground is dry enough to scare him about the possibility of crop failure.’

19. Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******

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The patient surgeon was patient to operate because he had (a) patient?

Seems repetitive and had to be modified.

21. Originally Posted by Eroica
Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
May spaces intrude?

The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.

22. Originally Posted by 01101001
May spaces intrude?

The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
You should get it just because I think that answer was brilliant. =D>

23. Originally Posted by 01101001
Originally Posted by Eroica
Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
May spaces intrude?

The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
You've got it - Eroica just needed to phrase the puzzle a little better.

24. Four people are sitting around a campfire after a long day of recreation, when one man comments: "Do you realize that around this campfire, the four of us include a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle and a couple cousins"?.
If everyone is related by blood (with no unusual marriages) how is this possible?

25. a brother and a sister and their two children?

Chuck and Susan are brother and sister. They have a child each, Tina and Billy.

That gives us:

C/S brother sister
C/T Father daughter
S/B mother son
T/B cousins
C/B Uncle, nephew
S/T Aunt, niece

26. Originally Posted by 01101001
Originally Posted by Eroica
Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
May spaces intrude?

The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
=D>

27. Originally Posted by Musashi
a brother and a sister and their two children?

Chuck and Susan are brother and sister. They have a child each, Tina and Billy.

That gives us:

C/S brother sister
C/T Father daughter
S/B mother son
T/B cousins
C/B Uncle, nephew
S/T Aunt, niece
Looks good to me!

28. Another one from my puzzle calendar:

Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).

29. Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).
DOLT and GROW

MOLT and PROW

30. Originally Posted by Eroica
Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).
DOLT and GROW

MOLT and PROW
Wow! Neither of those are the answer he gives!

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