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 Gotchas Puzzle 1 Can you circle exactly three numbers to make a total of 19? [Ref: ZLBV] © Kevin Stone Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZLBV Hint: There is a little trick to this puzzle. Answer: 12 + 6 + 1 = 19. Note that the puzzle didn't ask for three digits to be circled! Puzzle 2 Standing on a one way street, were two highway patrol officers, specifically looking for drivers who were in violation of local traffic laws. A taxi driver was going the wrong way down the street, however, the officers did nothing. What explanation can you offer? [Ref: ZCVT] Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZCVT Hint: Do taxi drivers always drive their taxi? Answer: The taxi driver was walking at the time and not driving their cab, therefore breaking no traffic laws. Puzzle 3 Three people check into a hotel. They pay £30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to the porter to return to the people. On the way to the room the porter reasons that £5 would be difficult to share among three people so they keep £2 and give £1 to each person. Now each person paid £10 and got back £1. So they paid £9 each, totalling £27. The porter has £2, totalling £29. Where is the missing £1? [Ref: ZVTU] Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZVTU Hint: Be careful of what you're adding. Answer: We have to be careful what we are adding together. Originally, they paid £30, they each received back £1, they now have only paid £27. Of this £27, £25 went to the manager for the room and £2 went to the porter. Puzzle 4 If you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first? [Ref: ZVDJ] Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZVDJ Hint: The answer is obvious once you know. Answer: The match!

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