1. A taxi driver runs through four red lights, two stop signs and goes through a house. A police officer witnesses this but doesn’t do anything. Why not?
2. Imagine you’re alone in a boat with a large hole in the bottom. Sharks are swimming around you on all sides and the boat is sinking fast. How do you survive?
3. A man is running across a field at night clutching something in his arms as several other men pursue him. He looks back and sees they’re getting closer. In a final burst of effort his pursuers catch up and bring him crashing to the ground. His pursuers stand over him but do not touch him or take what he was carrying. Why not? Who was the running man?
4. A man wants to send his nephew a one-piece fishing pole for his birthday. Since it’s the nephew’s birthday the following day, the uncle must send it airmail. The uncle is told that he cannot send the pole airmail since its 3 inches longer than the airline regulations permit. The uncle considers his problem for a moment and then realizes he can still send the pole without exceeding the airline regulations. How can he package and ship the pole without bending or shortening it in any way?
5. On a dark, stormy Halloween night, four kids named Luke, John, Sarah and Bob walk into a haunted house during a blackout. Only one can escape. They take a staircase to the second floor, a trapdoor on the left, then go up the ladder to the right, followed by a 28-foot slide to the basement through the mouth of a Giant Panda. In one corner of the murky cellar is a chainsaw, a dagger, a rope with a noose and an electric chair. Written on the wall in blood are the words, “Only one will survive – choose your death!” Bob takes the rope, Sarah picks up the dagger, John chooses the chainsaw and Luke uses the chair.
6. A red-house is made of red bricks, has a red wooden door and a red roof. A yellow-house is made of yellow bricks, has a yellow wooden door and a yellow roof. What is a green-house made of?
7. A man was looking to buy a vacation house on the Isle of Begile, an island where the natives always lie and the visitors always tell the truth. The man was looking at one house he particularly liked, but wasn’t sure if he could believe the things the owners were telling him about it, so he decided to determine if they were natives or visitors. The man asked the man of the house if his wife was a visitor and he received a yes or no answer. The man then asked the lady of the house if her husband was a visitor and she also gave him a yes or no answer. Were the two answers necessarily the same and why?
8. A large motor home pulled out to pass and crashed head-on into an oncoming truck. The driver of the truck was found dead. The driver of the motor home, Skids Road, and one of the passengers Saul Long, were also killed. Only Sid Shady was unharmed. When questioned by police, Shady recounted what happened. “Saul and I were in the back having a few beers and playing a little poker when he stood up to get another beer. Next thing I knew there was a crash and he went flying. Saul was thrown back against the rear door and he must have been killed when he hit the back of his head on the rear door handle. The only reason I survived,” said Shady, “was because I was lucky enough to have been sitting down when the collision occurred.” Shadow immediately brought Shady in on suspicion of murder. Why?
9. SO, ND, JF, MA, __, __
What are the next two pairs of letters?
10. Three brothers and their respective wives were traveling through the country when they came to a river. Their only means of crossing was in a small canoe which would only carry two people at a time. The three men were very jealous of each other. Not one of the brothers would leave his wife alone in the boat, or on the shore with another brother, unless that brother’s wife was also present. How many crossings were necessary to get the happy clan across the river and? Give an example of how they would cross.