Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Puzzles and Riddles

I know ya'll love brain teasers, and it gives me something to blog when I don't have any other ideas. So here you go.
. 1. A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed 3 days and left on Friday. How is this possible? (I got this one from the tv show iCarly).
The man's horse is named Friday.
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2. Four men sat down to play,
They played all night ‘till break of day.
They played for gold and not for fun
With separate scores for everyone.
When they came to square accounts,
They all had made quite fair amounts.
Can you the paradox explain,
If no one lost, how could all gain?
Answer: The 4 men are musicians.
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3. There is a well known story of a famous German mathematician, who showed his brilliance even as a young boy.
While in elementary school, he was given the problem of finding the sum of all the whole numbers from one to 100.
For most of use it would be a long and difficult task of adding "1=2=3=4 etc." This young lad, however, solved the problem in his head in just a few moments.
What is the answer and how did he manage to do it in his head?
Answer: Imagine a measuring tape that measures 100 inches. Fold it in half at the 50" mark. The 1" is matched with the 99", which if you add together equals 100. 2+98=100, 3+97=100 and so on. By adding the matched numbers 1-49 with their counterparts, 99-51 you get 100 49 times, 4900. Add the 100 at the end and the single 50 in the middle. The answer is 5050.
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Good luck!
Thanks for playing!

7 comments:

Lydia said...

I only know the first one it is one of my kids favorite Friday is a horse.

Carrie and Karl said...

My guess for number 2 is that they were playing either against the computer or they were playing on slot machines in a casino that wanted to lose money (because we know you rarely win in a casino).
For 3 I remember there is an easy mathematical formula for it, but I don't remember what it is because I haven't taken stats in years.
-Carrie

Chuck and Nancy said...

1. Was the saddle a western or eastern?

2. If I blew a horn all night my lips would be flabby, and a guitar would leave my fingers sore.

3. Still working on this one.

DAD

Amanda said...

That is fun, I'm having a little blog block right now myself. If only I can think of something. . . but I got nothing. Well, to try and figure out riddles now! (We've watched icraly a few times here... don't remember watching that episode though.)

Della Hill said...

Lydia, Correct.

Carrie, good guess, but in this situation they were not playing a game in a casino or the computer.

Dad, I hate to break it to you, but I don't think there is such a thing as an eastern saddle.
There is a Western saddle and an English saddle. But we easterners never got original enough to make our own saddle.
I think you got #2 right though. Obviously, these men are practiced enough musicians that they could play all night without their lips getting flabby, and their fingers are probably pretty calloused.
Amanda, thanks for the comment and good luck with blog ideas.
-Della

Chuck and Nancy said...

Well, since there is no saddle horn on that saddle at least it is not a western saddle.
Thanks.
Maybe I can do better on the next set of riddles.
DAD

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