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  • Eight married couples meet to lend one another some books. Couples have the same surname, employment and car. Each couple has a favorite color. Furthermore we know the following facts:

    1. Daniella Black and her husband work as Shop-Assistants.
    2. The book “The Seadog” was brought by a couple who drive a Fiat and love the color red.
    3. Owen and his wife Victoria like the color brown.
    4. Stan Horricks and his wife Hannah like the color white.
    5. Jenny Smith and her husband work as Warehouse Managers and they drive a Wartburg.
    6. Monica and her husband Alexander borrowed the book “Grandfather Joseph”.
    7. Mathew and his wife like the color pink and brought the book “Mulatka Gabriela”.
    8. Irene and her husband Oto work as Accountants.
    9. The book “We Were Five” was borrowed by a couple driving a Trabant.
    10. The Cermaks are both Ticket-Collectors who brought the book “Shed Stoat”.
    11. Mr and Mrs Kuril are both Doctors who borrowed the book “Slovacko Judge”.
    12. Paul and his wife like the color green.
    13. Veronica Dvorak and her husband like the color blue.
    14. Rick and his wife brought the book “Slovacko Judge” and they drive a Ziguli.
    15. One couple brought the book “Dame Commissar” and borrowed the book “Mulatka Gabriela”.
    16. The couple who drive a Dacia, love the color violet.
    17. The couple who work as Teachers borrowed the book “Dame Commissar”.
    18. The couple who work as Agriculturalists drive a Moskvic.
    19. Pamela and her husband drive a Renault and brought the book “Grandfather Joseph”.
    20. Pamela and her husband borrowed the book that Mr and Mrs Zajac brought.
    21. Robert and his wife like the color yellow and borrowed the book “The Modern Comedy”.
    22. Mr and Mrs Swain work as Shoppers.
    23. “The Modern Comedy” was brought by a couple driving a Skoda.

    Who likes Violet? And can you find out everything about everyone from this?

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  • This is a twist on the style of logic puzzle first proposed by Albert Einstein.  Rather than listing the clues, you need to extract the clues from a story.  Be warned, this puzzle is more difficult than the original by Einstein.  The questions to answer are listed at the end.


    It was good to have the house full of people again; it had been far too quiet since the last of his seven daughters had left for college–seven daughters with seven different majors at seven different schools. About the only thing they had in common was that they were each dating an athlete, although none of them played the same sport–one was even on his school’s fencing team. He was surprised all the boyfriends had come for Christmas dinner, but he supposed that since he was picking up the tab for the airfare, that a free trip to Hawaii in the winter had something to do with it. Each of his first three daughters had gone to Ivy League schools–one even to his alma mater at Harvard; his next two ended up at the University of California, at Los Angeles and Berkeley; and his two youngest got accepted to schools abroad–the University of Tokyo had been a bit of a surprise. Next year, after seven straight years–and for the first time this millennium–he wouldn’t be attending a high-school graduation.

    “Honey, we’re ready to eat. Can you get Hank, Ian, James and Kyle? They’re in the backyard playing football. The other boys wanted to test themselves against the star quarterback,” his wife called from the dining room.

    The math major said, “I’ll get them Dad!”

    As everyone filed into the dining room, the oldest sister was rehashing the whose-school-and-major-is-better argument with her younger sister about whether Yale or Princeton was a better school and whether history or philosophy was a more useful major. The argument was practically a Christmas tradition by now.

    The table was arranged with the parents at the two ends and each of the couples seated across from each other with boys seated next to girls along each side. As usual, Angelina and Danica were sitting next to their parents. Curiously, all the athletes that used a ball in their sport were sitting on the same side of the table. Christie, Electra and Edward took their seats first.

    Once everyone was seated the youngest coyly observed, “I see the biologist is sitting between the two fighters but I’m sitting between the two best passers at the table.”

    “You’d better not make any passes yourself!” Farrah icily replied. She hadn’t forgiven her sister for stealing her boyfriend when they were in high school and was not happy to see her seated next to her boyfriend now.

    “Lighten up, Farrah” the biology major joked. “He wasn’t even that cute.”

    “He was adorable!” the youngest interjected.

    “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” said Brooke. “Let’s eat!”

    The daughter in the middle seat stood up and said, “We have an announcement to make!” After a dramatic pause she screamed “we’re getting married!” and flashed the new diamond ring on her finger. The youngest sister squealed with delight at the news. Her fiance joked to his future mother-in-law, “I think she said yes just so she can wear the monogrammed sweater you gave me for Christmas.” The baseball player next to her asked her fiance, “Wow, what’d that rock set you back?”

    “This calls for a toast!” roared Dad.

    “Oh Honey, that’s wonderful news!” Mom gushed. “I just happen to have some champagne right here. Lars, I know you don’t drink alcohol, but would you mind pouring some champagne for Gabrielle next to you?” the mother asked, handing the bottle to Lars on her left. “Gabrielle, please pass the bottle around,” she asked and then quickly added, “But no alcohol for my three babies, or anyone under 21 for that matter. Honey, there’s a store downtown that’s having a sale on wedding dresses. Will you have time to go look at some wedding dresses before you leave?”

    “Sure Mom,” her daughter answered. “We have a late flight out, so I can do that on the day we leave.”

    “Michael and I are celebrating New Years Eve at the Sheraton, Waikiki,” one of the girls announced.

    “What a coincidence,” said the boy sitting next to her. “We’re celebrating New Years at the Sheraton, Los Angeles. It’s within walking distance of our apartment so we won’t have to worry if we drink too much.”

    “That sounds like a better plan than we have. Somehow, just because my car holds a lot of people, I got roped into being the designated driver for the team” Danica said, looking pointedly at her boyfriend, who gestured to the boy from Princeton saying, “he gave me the idea!”

    “Girls, your grandmother will be here on Sunday,” the father announced. “She’d really like to see you all.”

    “Sorry Dad,” the business major replied, “we have to leave tomorrow. There’s a huge storm predicted to hit the Eastern United States this weekend and we need to get home before they close the airports. I noticed that each couple is leaving on a different day for six days after we leave.”

    “Sir, we’re leaving before Sunday also, so we won’t be able to make it either. I’m just glad we don’t have to deal with that storm” said the wrestler.

    The swimmer and water polo player announced their travel plans. One of them remarked that even though his girlfriend and he were departing for Oxford University two days earlier, both couples would get home on the same day.

    The physics major said “I’ll be here to see grandma, but unfortunately we’re heading back to California before you go look at the wedding gowns.”

    “Well I’m glad you’ll at least be here to see your grandma, but I wish you could stay longer” the dad said. “You know you’re my favorite since you were my first to major in a physical science like me,” he joked. “I have a tee time at the club on Monday, it’s too bad you won’t be here,” the father remarked to the golfer. “Kyle’s got a game next week but you don’t,” he said to the history major’s boyfriend. “How about you join me on the links?”

    “Sure!” the boyfriend replied enthusiastically.

    “Since we’re leaving the day after him, if you’ve got room for two more Dad, we just happened to bring our clubs” the second oldest said, winking at her boyfriend.

    “It’s a foursome then!” her dad said happily.

    Ian grumbled, “Hank you lucky dog, I’ve wanted to play that course for years!”

    The boyfriend of the political science major laughed, “I’d like to play there also, but Ian, at least I won’t have to travel as far as you to get another opportunity.”


    Identify the boyfriend and his sport, the school, and major for each daughter. Name the order that the daughters were born in and the day of the week that they leave to go home. What is the seating arrangement at the dinner table?

    Bonus question: what year is it?


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  • When the day after tomorrow is yesterday, today will be as far from Wednesday as today was from Wednesday when the day before yesterday was tomorrow. What is tomorrow?

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  • There is a party of 100 high-powered politicians. All of them are either honest or liars. You walk in knowing two things:

    – At least one of them is honest.
    – If you take any two politicians, at least one of them is a liar.

    From this information, can you know how many are liars and how many are honest?

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  • You are awoken at 3 A.M. by a knock on your door. Your parents call you to let you know that they are there for breakfast. You are confused but quickly think of what food you have. You have bread, jam, and eggs.

    What do you open first?

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  • There is a chain nailed to the wall. The chain is 10 feet long and the center of the chain dips down 5 feet from where each side of the chain is nailed to the wall. How far are the 2 ends of chain from each other?

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  • No matter how terrible things get for the people of the Arctic, they will not eat a penguin.


    Why won’t Arctic people will eat penguins?

    Hint:Penguins are not toxic

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  • A young woman is attending her mother’s funeral. While there, she meets a man she has never seen before and falls in love immediately. After the funeral she tries to find him but cannot. Several days later she kills her sister.

    Why does she kill her sister?

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  • Mr. Smith has two children. If the older child is a boy, what are the odds that the other child is also a boy?

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  • In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours. In each house lives a person of different nationality.
    These five home-owners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

    1. The British man lives in a red house.
    2. The Swedish man keeps dogs as pets.
    3. The Danish man drinks tea.
    4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.
    5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
    6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
    7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
    8. The man living in the center house drinks milk.
    9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
    10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
    11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
    12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
    13. The German smokes Prince.
    14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
    15. The Blends smoker lives next to the one who drinks water.

    Who owns the fish?

    This riddle was by Albert Einstein. He claims that only 2% of the world’s population can solve it.

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