BRAINTEASERS

QUESTION 1

A man wanted to get into a members only club but because he couldn't become a member, the man hid and watched as the guard at the door of the club house said a number to each member as they approached, the member would respond with a number of their own, if the member responded with the correct number they were let in, if they responed incorrectly they were thrown out. One member came up to the guard, the guard said twelve and the member responded with six and was let in. Another member came to the door, the guard said six and the member responded with three and was let in. Believing he had heard enough, the reject went up to the guard, the guard said ten, and the reject said five, but was not let in, what should the reject have said?

QUESTION 2

There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?

QUESTION 3

3 painters from 3 different companies were painting a billboard. The men had 3 different last names: Red, Blue and Green. The 3 companies they came from had the same names as the workers. As they were painting, they started talking. "It is funny that all of our last names are different from our companys names." said Mr. Red. "Yes, very strange." replied the man from Blue & Co. Who worked for which company?

QUESTION 4

You are walking down a path and come to a fork in the road. You know that one path leads to a painful death, while down the other path lies a great reward. Unfortunately, you don't know which path is which. Fortunately, however, standing at the fork is a local villager that knows which path is which. However, there are two local villages, and the people of both villages are virtually identical. The only difference is that the members of one village can only tell the truth, and the members of the other village can only lie. Knowing this, you are allowed only one yes/no question to determine the correct path.

QUESTION 5

A boat is at anchor. Over the side hangs a rope ladder with rungs a foot apart. The tide rises at a rate of 10 inches per hour. At the end of six hours, how much of the rope ladder will remain above water, assuming that 10 feet were above the water when the tide began to rise?

QUESTION 6

It's Prttey fnuny how we can raed tihs einrte snetnece wtih all tehse ltters all out of palce, and we can cnotniue to keep raednig and sitll mekas snece of waht we are raeding. No mttar how mnay tmies you raed tihs oevr and oevr you can sitll mkae snece of it. How is taht pssoible?

QUESTION 7

A man went on a trip with a fox, a goose and a sack of corn. He came upon a stream which he had to cross and found a tiny boat to use to cross the stream. He could only take himself and one other - the fox, the goose, or the corn - at a time. He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How does he get all safely over the stream?