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  1. A man and his son were out sailing when their craft capsized.

    Fearing death from thirst, the man quickly grabbed 8 letters

    from the Scrabble game they were playing, then brought his

    son with him aboard their life raft.

    The next day the son found the letters and, after a moment's

    thought, used them to spell out:

    M I L K J O H N

    What was the father's survival strategy?

  2. Again, brain teasers of sorts ...

    [1] what is the longest English word that contains a single, unrepeated vowel?

    [2] give 2 9-letter words that have 1 syllable.

    [3] give a word that has 5 consecutive vowels.

    [4] give 2 words that have 5 consecutive consonants.

    [5] give a word that has 6 consecutive consonants

    [6] give 2 words that have the 6 vowels a e i o u y in alphabetical order

    [7] give a word that has 6 occurrences of the same vowel.

    and finally, the one you were waiting for cuz everyone knows it ...

    [8] give a word that has three consecutive repeated letters.

    answers appended this weekend.

  3. they vote the tourist off the island, and go on living peaceful lives.

    [2] they put on blindfolds, and go on living peaceful, clumsy lives.

    [3] they order a case of Visine, and go on living peaceful lives.

    [4] they rip the hands off all the island clocks, and go on living peaceful lives.

    [5] they forget their vow of silence and decide after much debate to forget the curse as well, and go on living peaceful lives.

    [6] they buy computers and stay up night after night solving riddles on brainden.com until they all have red eyes, and go on living peaceful lives.

  4. Johnny was going through his collection of CD's when grandpa came over with his favorite 33 1/3 rpm long-play phonograph record. Johnny was fascinated with the ancient technology - imagine a needle playing the sound in all those grooves by actually touching them the record!

    Hoping Johnny could be impressed with the ancient method of storing music, grandpa brought with him an equally old microscope and challenged Johnny to count the grooves. Assuming there was precisely 50 minutes of music on the record, how many grooves did Johnny count?

  5. What changes?

    [1] Continental US

    This eliminates the Aleutian Islands - not part of the mainland - so that those A.I. to the "left" of 180th meridian are no longer the Easternmost point. That would now be W Quoddy Head, ME.

    The Westernmost point moves from the A.I. to the mainland at Cape of Prince Wales, but still in Alaska.

    Southernmost point changes from HawaiI [50 states] or from Key West [contiguous 48 states] to Cape Sable, but still in FL.

    [2] Earliest / Latest sunrise

    This changes the demarcation line from the 180th meridian to the International Date Line. The difference is that whereas 180 is a straight line, the IDL has some zigs and zags that place all of the A.I. to its east; again, this changes the Easternmost point.

    For continental US - W Quoddy Head, ME

    [3] Including US TerritoriesFor the IDL demarcation, the Easternmost point moves to Wake Island, the Westernmost point becomes Guam, and the Southernmost point moves to American Samoa.

  6. This one is due to James Fixx - a different twist to a familiar genre.

    Six water pails sit on the ground in a row. Pails 1-3 are filled; pails 4-6 are empty:

    [1 full] . [2 full] . [3 full] . [4 empty] . [5 empty] . [6 empty]

    By moving only one pail, make the full and empty pails alternate.

  7. Martini contributed why the question is a brain teaser, and

    Writersblock and cpotting contributed the states.

    Let's tease the brain a bit more ....

    E-most and W-most were stipulated as meaning Geographically,

    referring to the 180th meridian, which cuts through the Aleutian Islands;

    and, in the 2nd question, contiguous 48 states excluded AK and HI.

    Now ... would the answers change for ...

    [1] US defined as continental US - or -

    [2] including US territories - or -

    [3] E-most and W-most defined as earliest and latest sunrises?

    If any of the results change, what would be the reason?

  8. Here's how OneLook [onelook.com] summarizes argument.

    It includes most of the views expressed.

    Looking at these definitions, it might be justifiable to argue that a case could be made for concluding that a dispute is one type of argument, allowing for other types as well.

    Quick definitions (argument)

    noun: a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable;

    if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

    noun: a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie

    (Example: "The editor added the argument to the poem")

    noun: a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

    (Example: "It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true")

    noun: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

    (Example: "The argument over foreign aid goes on and on")

    noun: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    (Example: "They were involved in a violent argument")

  9. [box 1] N

    [box 2] S

    [box 3] BOTH

    all three are incorrect....

    So somone please correct me if i am wrong, but it could be either of these two....

    it could be any of four cases, depending on what object is drawn from one of the boxes.

    The solution is to decide which box to draw from and how to reason to the correct labeling based on what is found.

  10. The cards in a deck show either a circle or a square on their faces and have backs that are either red or green. Four cards are dealt. Two are face down, showing red and green; two are face up, showing a circle and a square, thus:

    [card 1] RED

    [card 2] GREEN

    [card 3] circle

    [card 4] square

    Someone asks: Of those four cards, does every RED one have a square on the other side? How many cards must be turned over to gain enough information to answer the question? Which ones?

  11. Three boxes are all labeled incorrectly, and you must get the labels right.

    The labels on the boxes read as follows:

    [box 1] nails

    [box 2] screws

    [box 3] nails and screws

    To gain the information you need to move the labels to the correct boxes,

    you may remove a single item from one of the boxes. You may not look

    into the boxes, nor pick them up and shake them, etc.

    Can this be done? If so, how? If not, why not?

    [Edit to add solution.]

    [Edit again to explain.]

    Remove an item from box 3.

    The item tells you what label to put on box 3.

    Move the nails and screws label to the box labeled with the other item, and its label to the remaining box.

    Example: you remove a nail from box 3.

    Move the label nails from box 1 to box 3.

    You can't move the nails and screws label to box 1: that would be a swap, and all three labels must be corrected.

    Move it instead to box 2, and the screws label to box 1.

    [box 1] screws

    [box 2] nails and screws

    [box 3] nails

  12. What is your definition of an arguement, or a dispute?
    I assume you are asking for a distinction between the two.

    To my mind an argument is making a case for a way of thinking, or to establish a point of view.

    As attorneys argue cases in court.

    In that sense an argument is much the same as a debate.

    Debaters need not personally hold the positions they argue.

    Nor need an attorney.

    S/he is hired to speak in favor of a point of view

    In a dispute there is a clash of two opposing held views.

    Here the protagonists actually hold the views, and they may take action

    up to and including crimes of violence or as nations sometimes do, wage war.

    An argument can be theoretical [except when it involves my wife ] ;

    a dispute is never just theoretical.

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