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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 1

There are 5 houses in 5 different colours. In each house lives a person of a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. Using the clues below can you determine who owns the fish?

The Brit lives in a red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
The green house owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the house right in the middle drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blend lives next door to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps horses lives next door to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks chocolate.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blend has a neighbour who drinks water.

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[Ref: ZHZK] Author: Albert Einstein (?). 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 2

HotelThree 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 bellboy to return to the people.

On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that £5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets £2 and gives £1 to each person.

Now each person paid £10 and got back £1.

So they paid £9 each, totalling £27. The bellboy has £2, totalling £29.

Where is the missing £1?

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[Ref: ZVTU]  



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 3

BrainHere is snippet of section D of the curious multiple-choice entrance exam into the exclusive BrainBashers puzzle club.

Q1. Which is the first question where c) is the correct answer?
a) Q3
b) Q4
c) Q1
d) Q2

Q2. Which is the first question where a) is the correct answer?

a) Q4
b) Q2
c) Q3
d) Q1

Q3. Which is the first question where d) is the correct answer?

a) Q1
b) Q2
c) Q4
d) Q3

Q4. Which is the first question where b) is the correct answer?

a) Q2
b) Q4
c) Q3
d) Q1

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[Ref: ZVXI] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 4

Brain ImageRead each line aloud without making any mistakes. If you make a mistake you MUST start again without going any further.

This is this puzzle
This is is puzzle
This is how puzzle
This is to puzzle
This is keep puzzle
This is someone puzzle
This is busy puzzle
This is for puzzle
This is about puzzle
This is forty puzzle
This is seconds! puzzle

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[Ref: ZSJE]  



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 5

BrainDuring a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements:

Arnold:  it wasn't Edward
         it was Brian

Brian:   it wasn't Charles
         it wasn't Edward

Charles: it was Edward
         it wasn't Arnold

Derek:   it was Charles
         it was Brian

Edward:  it was Derek
         it wasn't Arnold

It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake?

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[Ref: ZFSC] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 6

BrainHere is snippet of section A of the curious multiple-choice entrance exam into the exclusive BrainBashers puzzle club.

1. The first question with B as the correct answer is:

A. 1
B. 4
C. 3
D. 2

2. The answer to Question 4 is:

A. D
B. A
C. B
D. C

3. The answer to Question 1 is:

A. D
B. C
C. B
D. A

4. The number of questions which have D as the correct answer is:

A. 3
B. 2
C. 1
D. 0

5. The number of questions which have B as the correct answer is:
A. 0
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1

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[Ref: ZYOT] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 7

During the latest round of the BrainBashers triathlon, Keith was fourth. Adrian is not the oldest, but is older than Duncan, who was not second. The child who was next in age to the youngest, finished second. The child who finished in third place is older than the child who finished first. Billy is younger than the child who finished in third place. Can you determine who finished where and place the children in order of age?

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[Ref: ZYNI] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 8

DrivingAs I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

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[Ref: ZNKT]  



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 9

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?

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[Ref: ZVDJ]  



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 10

Consider an arrow in flight towards a target.

At any given moment of time, a snapshot could be taken of this arrow. In this snapshot, the arrow would not be moving. Let us now take another snapshot, leaving a very small gap of time between them. Again, the arrow is stationary. We can keep taking snapshots for each moment of time, each of which shows the arrow to be stationary. Therefore the overall effect is that the arrow never moves, however it still hits the target!

Where lies the flaw in the logic?

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[Ref: ZNPA]  



 

 



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