You have the misfortune to own an unreliable clock. This one loses exactly 8 minutes every hour. It is now showing 4:15pm and you know that is was correct at midnight, when you set it. The clock stopped one hour ago, what is the correct time now?

Answer: 7:45pm: since the clock is losing 8 minutes every hour, for every real hour that has passed, the clock will only show 52 minutes. Since the clock shows 4.15pm, we know that 975 clock minutes have passed. This therefore equals 1125 real minutes and hence 18 hours 45 minutes. The clock stopped 60 minutes ago, therefore the time must now be 19.45pm. QED.

Puzzle 1487

In a football collective, the winnings amounted to £1,475.

There were more than 30 people in the syndicate but fewer than 100.

Each won exactly the same number of pounds and no pence were involved. How much did each win?

A slight inclination of the cranium is as adequate as a spasmodic movement of one optic to an equine quadruped utterly devoid of any visionary capacity. Translate.

[Ref: ZPSA]

Hint: This is a well known saying.

Answer: A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

Puzzle 1490

It burns no coal, no oil, no nuclear fuels and has no need for electricity.

It uses no man made explosions.

Yet it is far hotter than all ovens and fires and furnaces.

What is it?

[Ref: ZERS]

Hint: It's something you hope to see most days.

Answer: The sun.

Although its energy is generated by the nuclear fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium, no nuclear fuels (e.g. uranium) are involved.

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