Polly Perkins was after a talking parrot, so she went to the local pet shop in the hope of securing such a find.
She was in luck. The shop assistant assured her that the parrot would learn and repeat any word or phrase it heard.
Polly was delighted. However, a week later, the parrot still hadn't spoken a word.
Polly returned to the shop to complain, however, it appeared that the assistant was accurate in what he had said, and refused a refund.
Why didn't the parrot talk?
Hint: Remember the parrot repeats every single word it hears.
Answer: The parrot was deaf.
Therefore it couldn't repeat a single word it had heard - as it had heard no words at all.
What four digit number has digit 1 three smaller than digit 4 which is one more than digit 2 which is twice digit 3 which is not a prime number and is one more than 1/3 of digit 4?
[Ref: ZIQX] © Kevin Stone
Hint: What can digit 4 be?
My brother, Neville, struggles with mathematics a little.
I recently asked him to buy me some ribbon for my daughter's pretty pink bonnet.
He went to the haberdashery shop for the required length but accidentally interchanged the feet and inches.
When I measured the resulting ribbon I only had 30% of the length I required.
How much ribbon did I originally ask for?
[Ref: ZVAQ] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Remember that there are 12 inches in a foot.
I asked for 9 foot 2 inches (110 inches) and my brother brought me 2 foot 9 inches (33 inches).
I asked him to buy me A feet and B inches, which is a total of 12A + B inches. Neville accidentally bought me B feet and A inches, which is 12B + A.
We know that 12B + A is actually only 30% of what we wanted, so:
12B + A = 0.3 x (12A + B)
Multiply throughout by 10:
120B + 10A = 3 x (12A + B)
120B + 10A = 36A + 3B
117B = 26A
The first number where this gives a sensible answer is when A = 9, and B = 2.
Can you complete this sentence using two words which are anagrams of each other?
Whilst driving his car at a reckless speed, the driver was distracted by his dog ==?==. Luckily, he managed to complete the ==?== manoeuvre without crashing.
[Ref: ZFFK] © Kevin Stone
Hint: The word contains 7 letters.
Whilst driving his car at a reckless speed, the driver was distracted by his dog . Luckily, he managed to complete the barking manoeuvre without crashing. braking