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PUZZLES IN ENGLISH!
Puzzles of all kinds are very popular in Great Britain. Here are a few you might like to try. They range from easy to advanced, and are in no particular order.
Which word in the English language is most often pronounced incorrectly?
Using the letter grid below, how many words can you find. Each word must contain the central H and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. There is at least one nine letter word. Advanced: 50+ words. Average: 25 words. All words can be found in the Oxford Wordpower dictionary. Here are couple to start you off: ache, heart ...
What occurs twice in a lifetime, but once in every year. Twice in a week but never in a day?
Many years ago, befor modern educashun in the new millenium, one problem in skools was baseic speeling and grammer. To conbat this and rays acheivement, teechers were adviced to start at the very begining, at the yungest age. Once they had managed to breath new life into leessons, progres came quickly - sucess was then garanteed. How many speeling errors would modern skolars identify in this paragraph?
Mr and Mrs Haines have three daughters and each daughter has two brothers. How many children do Mr and Mrs Haines have?
Think of a number from 1 to 100.
Double this number.
Multiply by 9 (carefully!).
Add the digits together, continue to do this until you have a single digit number. For example, 542 >> 11 >> 2.
Determine which letter of the alphabet your number relates to, A=1, B=2, etc
Think of a country which STARTS with this letter.
Make a note of the LAST letter of this country.
Think of an animal which STARTS with this letter.
Make a note of the LAST letter of this animal.
Think of a colour which STARTS with this letter.
Does that orange eating kangaroo live in Denmark!
There are 5 houses in 5 different colours. In each house lives a person of a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. Using the clues below can you determine who owns the fish?
Which word, if pronounced right, is wrong, but if pronounced wrong is right?
Would you rather a crocodile attack you or an alligator?
Everything Mr Red owns is red, he lives in a red bungalow and his chairs are red, his tables are red. His ceiling, walls and floor are all red. All of this clothes are red, his shoes are red, even his carpet, television and phone are red. What colour are his stairs?
Can you find something which has keys that open no locks, with space but no room, and allows you to enter but not to go in?
A farmer buys a horse for $60. He sells it to his neighbour for $70. Then he discovers he could have made a better deal. He borrows $10 from his wife, and buys the horse back for $80. He then sells it to another neighbour for $90. How much money did he make?
What has a neck, but no head?
A more difficult one!
Last Saturday, four neighbour boys found that work goes more quickly when friends help friends: each of the four had found a job one of the neighbourhood adults, including Mrs. Wilson, needed done, and the four worked together to make fast work of the chores, one of which was cleaning a car. Given the following clues, you should be able to decide which job each found and for whom the work was done.
As I was going to St. Ives,
Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person.
Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totalling $27.
The bellboy has $2, totalling $29.
Where is the remaining dollar?
An Arab sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower will win. The brothers, after wandering aimlessly for days, ask a wise man for advise. After hearing the advice they jump on the camels and race as fast as they can to the city. What does the wise man say?
A quick test of intelligence for advanced students.
Don't cheat! Because if you did, the test would be
no fun. I promise, there are no tricks to the test.
A farmer is standing on one side of the river and
with him are a wolf, a goat and a box with cabbages. In the river
there is a small boat. The farmer wants to cross the river with all
the three items who are with him. There are no bridges and in the boat
there is only room for the farmer and one item. But if he leaves the
goat with the cabbages alone on one side of the river the goat will
eat the cabbages. If he leaves the wolf and the goat on one side the
wolf will eat the goat. Only the farmer can seperate the wolf from the
goat and the goat from the cabbage.
During the lunch hour at school, a group of five
boys from Miss Jones home room visited a nearby lunch wagon. one of
the five boys took a Mars bar without paying for it. When the boys
were questioned by the school principal, they made the following
statements in respective order:
You are lost in a forest. The forest is between two
villages. In village A live only liars, they always lie. In village B
people always tell the truth. You want to go to village B. Then you
see a man from village A or B. You can ask him only one question.
The objective in this Word Mine puzzle is to anagram as many 4- and 5-letter words as possible using the letters in the puzzle master word. A letter may be used to form a new word only as many times as it appears in the master word. Words should be composed of common words; words not eligible are those beginning with a capital letter, plurals, present-tense verbs ending in "S" ("sees," for example), contractions, and hyphenated words. Our Word Mine master word is:
At least 37 four-letter long and 17 five-letter long words can be anagrammed from this one word!
What is strange about these sentences?
These sentences are also a little strange. Why?
Women understand men; few men understand women.
Eat to live; never live to eat.
All for one and one for all.
Number One - incorrectly!
Number Two - Send us an e-mail with your list of words. We'll let you know how well you did!
Number Three- The letter E.
Number Four - Many years ago, before modern education in the new millennium, one problem in schools was basic spelling and grammar. To combat this and raise achievement, teachers were advised to start at the very beginning, at the youngest age. Once they had managed to breathe new life into lessons, progress came quickly - success was then guaranteed. How many spelling errors would modern scholars identify in this paragraph?
Number Five - 5; three daughters and two sons.
Number Six -
This teaser is usually attributed to Einstein, who may or may not have written it. The German owns the fish and the table below details the full answer:
The wise man tells them to switch camels.
There are six F's in the sentence.
First the farmer takes the goat across the river. He goes back to pick up the wolf. When he is across he leaves the wolf and takes back the goat. Back on the other side he leaves the goat and takes the cabbages with him. Then he picks up the goat and all three items are on the other side.
Ask the man which city he lives in. He will always point to village B.
Four and five letter words formed from the word EXCALIBUR:
able, acre, axle, bail, bale, bare, bear, beau, bile, blue, blur, burl, care, club, clue, crab, crib, crux, cube, curb, cure, curl, earl, ibex, lace, lair, lice, lieu, lube, lure, race, rail, real, rice, rile, rule,
acerb, auric, baler, blare, bluer, brace, cable, clear, cruel, exurb, laxer, libra, relax, relic, ruble, ulcer.
They are all palindromes. A palindrome is a word, phrase or number that reads exactly the same backwards as forwards. The name "palindrome" comes from the Greek palindromos meaning "running back again".
They are all word-unit palindomes. Word-unit palindromes relate to whole words, which form the same sentence when read in reverse as forwards.