1. In the “Strange” family, each daughter has the same number of brothers as she has sisters. Each son has twice as many sisters as he has brothers. How many sons and daughters are in the family?
2. A detective was lying in bed one Sunday morning listening to the local church bells ringing. Suddenly he realized that he was listening to a recording. How did he know?
3. A man was revisiting his home town when an old friend called. “Hey, the man, how have you been? It must be 15 years since we last saw each other. “ “At least that,” replied the man. “I’ve been keeping well, but tell me about yourself.” The man’s friend answered, “I’m married now but to someone that you wouldn’t know. By the way, this is my daughter.” The man looked down at the little girl and asked her name. “It’s the same as my mother’s,” the little girl replied. “Then I bet your name is Susan,” said the man. How could he know?
4. A man came to a river carrying a fox, a duck, and a bag of corn. There was a boat in which he could ferry one of the three items across the river at any one time. He could not leave the fox alone with the duck, nor the duck alone with the corn, so how did he get all three across?
5. This time the man reached the river with a fox, a duck, and a bag of corn, but this fox ate corn as well as ducks! There was the same boat as before in which he could take only one of the three with him. He could not leave the fox with either the corn or the duck, and, of course, the duck would gladly eat the corn if they were left together. How did he get all three across?
6. There is something about Mary
Mary’s mum has four children.
The first child is called April.
The second May.
The third June.
What is the name of the fourth child?
7. What is a five letter word in the English language whose pronunciation isn’t changed by removing four of its letters?
8. What seven-letter word has hundreds of letters in it?
9. If two peacocks lay two eggs in two days, how many eggs can one peacock lay in four days?
10. There are two beautiful yet remote islands in the south pacific. The Islanders born on one island always tell the truth, and the Islanders from the other island always lie.
You are on one of the islands, and meet three Islanders. You ask the first which island they are from in the most appropriate Polynesian tongue, and he indicates that the other two Islanders are from the same Island. You ask the second Islander the same question, and he also indicates that the other two Islanders are from the same island.
Can you guess what the third Islander will answer to the same question?