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1. Janie's friends were chipping in to buy her a wedding shower present. At first 10 friends chipped in but 2 of them dropped out. Each of the 8 had to chip in another dollar to bring the amount back up. How much money did they plan to collect?

2. A beggar's brother died but the man who died had no brother. How could this be?

3. A girl is twice as old as her brother and half as old as her father. In 50 years her brother will be half as old as his father. How old is the daughter now?

4. There were 5 men traveling down a road. It started to rain and 4 men sped up. The 5th did not. They all arrived at the same place at the same time, but all of them were wet besides the 5th. How?

5. Trains travel from one town to another town all day, always on the same track, always going nonstop, and at the same speed. The noon train took 80 minutes to complete the trip but the night train took an hour and 20 minutes. Why?

6. A king decided to let a prisoner try to escape the prison with his life. The king placed 2 marbles in a jar that was glued to a table. One of the marbles was supposed to be black and one was supposed to be blue. If the prisoner could pick the blue marble he would escape the prison with his life. If he picked the black marble he would be executed. However, the king was very mean and he wickedly placed 2 black marbles in the jars and no blue marbles. The prisoner witnessed the king only putting 2 black marbles in the jars. If the jar was not see-through and the jar was glued to the table and the prisoner was mute so he could not say anything, how did he escape with his life?

7. A prisoner is told 'If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you.' What can he say to save himself?

8. There is a cat, a dog, and a mouse. You need to get them across the river. You can't leave the cat and the dog alone or the mouse and the cat alone. Your boat can only carry one animal. How do you get them across?

9. There are two bodies on the floor. They are surrounded by water and broken glass. How did they die?

10. An electric train is going south at 98 mph. The wind is blowing northeast. Which direction is the smoke blowing?

11. A night shift guard while on patrol at night, dreams about that the king will die in a plane crash. He tells the king in the morning, but the king tells him not to worry and flies anyway. When he returns from his trip he fires the night shift guard. Why does the king fire the night shift guard?

12. A large truck is crossing a bridge 1 mile long. The bridge can only hold 12000 lbs which are the exact weight of the truck. The truck makes it halfway across the bridge and stops. A bird lands on the truck. Does the bridge collapse? Give a reason.





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I'll give these a shot.

  1. x=10a; 2a=8; x=40
  2. Beggar is a girl.
  3. 50.
  4. Fifth man was driving a car.
    He originally outpaced the others until they ran and caught up at their destination.
  5. 80 = 60+20.
  6. He took a marble with his closed fist while pointing to the jar for his pick.
    He then exposed a black marble in his hand, meaning his pick was a blue marble.
  7. You will hang me.
  8. Move the cat and come back. Move the mouse and retrieve the cat. Move the dog and come back. Move the cat.
  9. Suffocation. Two goldfish.
  10. No smoke from an electric train.
  11. For sleeping on the job.
  12. No. Fuel weighing more than the bird had been consumed before it landed on the truck.
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