Mind Twisters & Teasers - Solve them and Stay Sharp!

Test your mind with free mind teasers and mind twisters - stay sharp by solving tough and clever games and riddles. You learn to think differently ("out of the box") and can respond better to new mind challenges. These are great challenging problems and teasers to solve, that are also fun. Brain teasers have always been a challenge to make you think on a different plane. Solve the teasers below - new ones each week! We'll leave the new mind twisters up for a few days before telling you where to find the answer, so you can spend a little time solving them before finding the solution. You can even win a prize for correct answers!

Read "Exercise Your Mind" below. Try out these challenging "Mind Twisters" below.
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If you have a candy jar in which the candy can be divided equally between 5, 7, or 13 people, without cutting the candy into pieces, what's the least amount of candy that the jar could contain?

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You meet a meat cutter who is named Sam. He cuts prime ribs, stew meat, ribs, and many other cuts of meat. He wears size 38" jeans and is about 5 foot 3. Sam's shirts are oversized and baggy, and his shoes look about size 13. What does Sam weigh?
(The answer is at the Double ii's Services site.)

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What's the trick?
We are going home for Christmas Day. It takes us two and a half hours to get there due to bad traffic. The traffic is just as bad on the way home, but we make it in 150 minutes. How did we do this?
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What is it that is more powerful than God, more evil than the devil, that a king needs, a poor man has, and if you eat it you die?
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A king needs to hand over his throne to one of his sons – so he decides to run a horse race, and the son with the slower horse will be the winner and gain the throne. Each son feared the other would cheat and run his horse slower than it is capable of running, so they asked the court jester for advice – and they were given the answer. What did the jester tell them?
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What's the daughter's name?
If your mother is named Sandy, and she only has 4 daughters, what is the name of the other daughter if the other three are named Penny, Nickle and Dime?
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How many?
On a farm in Malaysia is the world's most perfect plum tree. The main trunk has 24 branches, with each branch having 12 boughs, and each bough has 6 twigs, with each twig bearing 1 fruit. How many apples on the tree?
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Can you solve this?
How many times can you subtract 2 from 21?
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What comes next?
In this list of words, what is the next word that comes into the sequence and why?
aid, nature, world, estate, column, sense, .....
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How long will it take?
A frog is at the bottom of a 30 foot well. Each day it jumps up 3 feet but slips back two. When will he reach the top?
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Is it legal?
Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?
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What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
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How much did he eat?
A hungry bookworm finds several volumes of Collier's encyclopedia on a shelf. He starts at the front cover of the first volume and begins eating, and gets all the way to the back of the back cover of the third volume. If the covers are each 1/2 cm thick, and the pages of each volume are 8 cm thick, how far did the bookwork get?
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Slicing the cake
There are 3 friends at Shannon's birthday party. Each is allowed to make one vertical cut to the cake. What is the maximum amount of pieces of cake that can be cut?
(The answer is at the Subscriptions & Prizes site.)

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How long does it take?
An express train takes 3 seconds to enter a tunnel which is 3 miles long. If it is traveling 120 miles per hour, how long until it passes completely through the tunnel?
(The answer is at the New! site.)

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How many times?
What is the maximum number of times you can fold a regular 8" X 11" sheet of paper? Fold it in half once, then fold that in half again, etc. How many times can this be done?
(The answer is at the Articles & Reports site.)

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What day is it?
If today is Monday, what is the day after the day before the day before tomorrow?
(The answer is at the Baby Stuff site.)

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How far?
How far can a dog run into the woods?
(The answer is at the Computers site.)

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Which is worth more?
Why are 2003 pennies worth more than 2002 pennies?
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How many?
How many 3 cent stamps are there in a dozen?
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Which is heavier?
A pound of gold or a pound of feathers?
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Sam likes orange but not purple. He likes torches but not chandeliers. He eats berries but not fruit. Using the same rule, does he like Byron or Keats?
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How much is it?
A grocery store sells products that are priced in a certain way. A daffodil is worth 10 cents, a carrot worth 8 cents, a peach worth 5 cents, a zuccini worth 9 cents, and an orange worth 6 cents. What is a plum worth?
(The answer is at the Magic site.)

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Airplane dilemma
You're the pilot of an airplane traveling from New York to Chicago, a distance of 7800 miles. The plane flies 200 mph and makes a 30 minute stop-over. What is the pilot's name?
(The answer is at the Trading Secrets Revealed site.)

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How many socks?
10 black and 10 white socks are in a drawer. The room is totally dark. Now you reach into the drawer and pull out a sock. How many socks do you need to pull out before you know you have a matching pair?
(The answer is at the Clubs site.)

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How old?
Your aging grandmother tells you she was born February 29, 1900. How old is she today, as you solve this puzzle?
(The answer is at the Computer Virus site.)

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How many 9's?
How many 9's do you pass when you start counting at 1 and count to 100?
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How much?
A pad of writing paper and a pencil cost a total of $1.10. The paper cost $1.00 more than the pencil. What was the price of each?
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Which is different?
Which number is least like the others below:
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13
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When will I die?
The great king asked his prophet when he would die. The wise prophet, being aware of his own safety, gave his answer. What was it?
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How far does one have to count to, before using the letter "A" in spelling out the number?
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If you are in a dark room and have only one match and there are a kerosene lamp, an oil stove, and a cigarette - which will you light first?
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How do you make 1000 by using only eight 8's?
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There are 2 groups of campers, one on the seacoast and one on a high mountain, and each group drops eggs into boiling water. Which campers will get hard boiled eggs first?
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Spell two words, using the same five letters that have exactly opposite meanings. Both begin with "u."
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Line them up. There are 5 cars lined up bumper to bumper. How many bumpers are touching each other?
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What costs less? Is it cheaper to take one friend to the movies twice, or two friends at the same time?
(The answer is at the One Day Sales site.)

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What's the Code? The letters O, T, T, F, F, _, _ are part of an intelligible series. Add two more letters in the blanks. After you do this, the series can be expanded indefinitely.
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How long? The doctor gives you 3 pills that you need to take one each half-hour. How long until you are done taking them?
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Which is better? You have two clocks - one doesn't work at all, and the other loses a minute every day. Which is the better performing clock?
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How many men? If a man-and-a-half can eat a pie-and-a-half in a minute-and-a-half, how many men would it take to eat 60 pies in 30 minutes?
(The answer is at the Tips site.)

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Punctuate this. Punctuate this sentence so it will make sense:
Jim where Bill had had had had had had had had had was right.
(The answer is at the Patriotic site.)

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There are 4 seats in a row at the show.
Pam will sit next to Sam, but not next to Gabe. If Gabe will not sit next to Joe, who is sitting next to Joe?
(The answer is at the Aromatherapy site.)

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How do they add up?
I have two coins that add up to 55 cents. One of them is not a nickle. What are the two coins?
(The answer is at the Ergonomic site.)

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What is it?
What occurs once in a second, once in a month, once in a century, yet not at all in a week or a year?
(The answer is at the Tools site.)

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Find the sentence.
In the following list of letters, a logical sentence exists if you remove all unecessary letters:
AALLLOUGNINCEACELSSSEANRYTELNETCTEERS
(The answer is at the Pets site.)

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Why is it?
A certain chemist discovered that a certain chemical reaction took 80 minutes when he wore a wool jacket. But when he wasn't wearing the wool jacket, the same reaction always took an hour and 20 minutes. Can you explain?
(The answer is at the Garden site.)

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Make a word.
Can you make a word from all of these letters? PNLLEEEESSSSS?
(The answer is at the Finnish Flare site.)

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Fast Math
Can you figure out a shortcut for adding the sum of all the numbers from 1 to 100 - without having to do the addition, and without using a calculator?
(The answer is at the Sleep site.)

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What's wrong?
How quickly can you find out what's unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was wrong with it at all - and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. But you must do it without coaching: I'm not going to assist you in any way. No doubt, if you work at is a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows until you try? So hop to it, try your skill and pray for luck. Par is about half an hour.
(The answer is at the Games site.)

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Who's lying?
There are two people - one wears a striped shirt and the other wears a red shirt. One person always tells the truth, and the other always lies. You come upon the striped shirt person and ask "do you tell the truth?" Right away the red shirted person said "he'll say 'yes' - but he'll be lying." Which one is the truth teller?
(The answer is at the Identity Theft site.)

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Who's eating what? A pig had to share a stable and feed bags with a horse and a cow. If the pig ate oats, then the horse ate what the cow ate. If the horse ate oats, then the pig ate what the cow did not eat. If the cow ate hay, then the pig ate what the horse ate. Who always ate from the same feed bag?
(The answer is at the Pet Tips site.)

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What time is it? You are at a party and want to stay longer because you are having fun. Now it's getting late. You think about it and realize if it was one hour later, it would be twice as long past midnight as it would be if it were only right now. When you start thinking like that, you've been up that long. What time is it now?
(The answer is at the Alerts site.)

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How old? Karen doesn't feel she is a child anymore. Ten years ago, her mother was 5 times her age. Now she is 3/7's of her mother's age, and in 5 years she will be half of her mother's age. How old will she be when she is half her mother's age?
(The answer is at the Kids site.)

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How long? A man hires a taxi to meet him at the railroad station at 3 pm to get him to the doctor's. He catches an earlier train and arrives at 2 pm. He decides to start walking, and is picked up en route by the taxi. He then arrives at the doctor's twenty minutes early. How long did he walk?
(The answer is at the Culture & Ethnic site.)

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How can this be? James goes to school one day and announces that today is the birthday of both his father and his grandfather, and coincidentally they are the same age. His teacher says that cannot be, but James insists this is true. Can it be true?
(The answer is at the Toys site.)

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What comes next? What is the next entry in this sequence? S30 O31 N30
(The answer is at the Birthday Games & Ideas site.)

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What's common with these words? Position, view, fix, sent, serve, conceive, pay.
(The answer is at the Internet Options site.)

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Write it. If 8-22-5-22-13 equals seven, and 7-4-12 makes two, how would you write ten?
(The answer is at the Hats site.)

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How can you tell? You've driven into a foreign country, where there are only truthtellers and liars, and you cannot tell the difference by looking at them (much like in our own country, right?). You are on a dangerous trip - there is a fork in the road - one way leads to safety and the other to a crocodile swamp. The sign post is gone at the fork, but there are two men standing there. What can you ask either of them that will tell you which road is safe?
(The answer is at the Offline Advertising site.)

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What comes next? What is the next entry in this sequence? -2 4 -12 48 -240
(The answer is at the Death by Chocolate site.)

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What is it?
My first is in blue, but not in glue;
My second is in old but not in new;
My third in look but not in see
My last in ask but not in pea
My whole has leaves but not a flower
"Twill help you pass an idle hour.
(The answer is at the Fun Stuff site.)

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What comes next? o t t f s e
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What do these words have in common? Teak, pike, port, tick, eat, oak.
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What it it? What is half of 8, but you cannot double it to make 8?
(The answer is at the Reading site.)

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What is common with these words? light, ear, at, lead, ray, lay?
(The answer is at the Advertising site.)

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Exercise Your Mind!
By Penny

OK - it's summer time and everyone wants to play, and let their minds turn to mush. If you work at a career - you won't have the luxury, but your kids and others will. No matter who you are or what position you are in, you should always be thinking, and exercising your mind. Use the summer and other breaks to try to think "outside of the box" - it will carry into other areas of your life and work.

Some great ways to force yourself to think "out of the box" are mind teasers, or in resolving there is no absolute right or wrong answer to anything. After all, an engineer learns pretty quickly in the real world that all the equations he or she learned in school do not really mean much without applying some intuition that is learned from experience. The equations are or can be valid, but need to be mixed in with some variability and "real life experience."

OK - are you ready to test yourself on some mind teasers - that will force you to think about things in a different sort of way? Try out some of these that follow and see how long it takes to get the answers. To see more of these every week - you'll need to go to this site and try new ones as they are included. Mind Twisters

1) You meet a meat cutter who is named Sam. He cuts prime ribs, stew meat, ribs, and many other cuts of meat. He wears size 38" jeans and is about 5 foot 3. Sam's shirts are oversized and baggy, and his shoes look about size 13. What does he weigh?

2) What is this thing God doesn't know about, that a king needs, a poor man has, but if you eat it you die?

3) A king needs to hand over his throne to one of his sons - so he decides to run a horse race, and the son with the slower horse will be the winner and gain the throne. Each son feared the other would cheat and run his horse slower than it is capable of running, so they asked the court jester for advice - and they were given the answer. What did the jester tell them?

Answer these and you're on your way to keeping a sharp mind. Find more and try them out on your family just for the challenge and the fun! This could be a great summer "game" to play between family members, and could stir up some debatable discussions! Pretty soon you'll be answering these teasers more quickly, because you will have learned how to think "outside of the box."

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Copyright 2003 by "Penny." This article may be reprinted in its entirety so long as the byline is included. You may reprint or use this article on your website, in your ezine, or other media, as long as you keep the resource box and article intact (email if you need more than formatting changes). More articles are available at Articles Site. Thank you,
Penny