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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 1

Each of the following sets of letters can be made into a real word by adding three letters to the beginning, and the same three letters in the same order to the end.

For example, ANGLEM can have ENT added at the start and the end to become ENT + ANGLEM + ENT = ENTANGLEMENT.

ERTAINM
ISCOVE
ROW
IOXID
ROCOS

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[Ref: ZTVA] © Elliott Line
This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (203.08) and is used with permission.
 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 2

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central P and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?

Excellent: 25 words. Good: 18 words. Average: 13 words.

BrainTracker Image

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[Ref: ZSWU] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 3

What is represented by this BrainBat?

      P
      U
      R
P U R P O S E S
      O
      S
      E
      S

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[Ref: ZZPV] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 4

A rope swing hangs vertically down so that the end is 12 inches from the ground, and 48 inches from the tree.

If the swing is pulled across so that it touches the tree, it is 20 inches from the ground.

How long is the rope?

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[Ref: ZYJB] © Elliott Line
This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (198.24) and is used with permission.
 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 5

The BrainBashers safe has a rather unusual control panel. In order to open the safe you have to press every single button once only, in the correct sequence, ending on the button marked E.

Each button clearly states which button to press next, for example, 2U means move up 2 buttons and 3R means move right 3 buttons.

Can you determine which button you must start with?

2R

2R

4D

2D

1R

2D

E

2R

1U

3R

2D

1U

4L

3L

1U

1R

4R

2D

1U

2D

2U

3U

5R

2D

3L

1U

3L

2U

2D

2U

2L

2L

1U

2D

1D

3U

2R

1D

2R

1U

2U

6L

6R

3U

2R

2L

1U

2L

2U

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[Ref: ZCBS] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 6

Can you complete these 5-letter words?

.S.G.
..R.F
.ZU..
E..X.
.P..C
..LN.
.W..M
...JO
Q...A
.V.K.
I..H.
.B.Y.
..DT.

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[Ref: ZCIV] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: V.HardPuzzle 7

These words can all have a letter added and then be rearranged to make a new 5-letter word, e.g. noun union NOUN + I = UNION.

The 7 added letters are an anagram of a 7-letter word. What is the 7-letter word, and what are the new words?

MAIL
EXIT
GOSH
CITY
NEWT
DENY
MINI

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[Ref: ZQUH] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 8

BookBelow are five book titles.

Each title has had the spaces replaced with extra letters, plus extra letters at the end.

The number of extra letters added equals the length of the previous word. Punctuation has then been added.

For example:
   BOOK TITLE >> BOOK****TITLE***** >> BOO, KNIGHT. IT LEAPT UP!

Can you find the titles?

ROME OR OSLO? ANDREW, JULIE, TO VISIT.

WARM TOO FEW, THE SUBWORLD SNEEZES

AN I MALE? MYSELF, ARM, AND I?

GO NEXT, GO! WITHOUT OTHER I DWINDLE. GO!

WATER. SHIP, BOAT. STORM! DOWN SINK!

BRAVERY IN A NEW AGE, WORLD'S HOPE.

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[Ref: ZZEC] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 9

What is represented by this BrainBat?

  C
CAVE

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[Ref: ZSDS] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 10

Hidden in each of the sentences are the numbers 1 to 10 in words.

A number might appear in more than one sentence, but there is only one way to find all ten numbers.

For example 'My parents told me to never cross the road without looking.' contains the number 1: 'My parents told me to never cross the road without looking.'

The robins love hiding amongst the smooth reeds.
It's always worth looking after your friends, even if they've upset you.
Even heavyweight boxers like using soft tissues when they have a cold.
To avoid the calf, I veered sharply to the left.
The eggs were boxed thirteen instead of a dozen in each baker's delivery box.
Having salmon every day for lunch gets a little boring after a while.
The attendance at the local football match exceeded last weeks by many thousands.
We need to waterproof our boots to make sure we don't get wet.
Meeting friends after work allows executives to network effectively.
The orchestra sounded magnificent with the three virtuosi xylophonists.

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[Ref: ZWJD] © Kevin Stone 



 

 



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