Random Puzzles
Puzzle 1
From what can you take its whole and still leave some?
[Ref: ZPPU]
Answer: The word wholesome.
Puzzle 2
Can you find three consecutive odd numbers that total 1,287 when multiplied together?
[Ref: ZAMH] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Start with the cube root of 1,287.
Answer: 9, 11 and 13.
Since we're after three numbers that multiply together, a good place to start is the cube root of 1,287, which is 10.88 (2 dp).
We quickly find that the numbers must be 9, 11 and 13.
Puzzle 3
Horses is to equine, as cattle is to bovine, as sheep is to ovine, as deer is to ==?==
[Ref: ZDLG] © Kevin Stone
Hint: You might need a dictionary.
Answer: Cervine.
The adjective for deerlike.
Puzzle 4
As oou oan oee, oy poinoer oepoacos eoero thord oetoer oito tho leoteo 'o'. How mony oifoeront oetoero haoe boen oepoacod?
[Ref: ZNCV] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Something's wrong with the letter O.
Answer: The answer is 15.
The paragraph should read:
As you can see, my printer replaces every third letter with the letter 'o'.
How many different letters have been replaced?
Puzzle 5
What comes next in the sequence:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, ==?==
[Ref: ZIMG]
Hint: A very common sequence.
Answer: Violet.
From the colours of the rainbow.


