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Puzzle 17

Each of these words can have the same letter placed at the beginning and the end to form a new (common) word.

For example LIT becomes ELITE by adding an E at both ends.

What are the new words?

-EVE-
-ABLE-
-CARVE-
-AS-
-ON-
-ODE-
-ELUDE-
-APE-
-ATE-
-ROD-

[Ref: ZKDH] © Kevin Stone

Puzzle 18

Alex, Blake, Charlie and Drew are all trapped on an island in the middle of a crocodile infested lake.

Luckily they have one crocodile repelling stick that just about protects up to two swimmers.

To get to safety a maximum of two swimmers can be in the water at any one time and they have to be together to benefit from the stick, and must swim at the pace of the slower swimmer.

The shore is 50 metres away and they can not throw the stick back, someone has to swim back with the stick until all four are safely on the shore.

Alex    can swim the distance in  3 minutes
Blake   can swim the distance in  7 minutes
Charlie can swim the distance in 13 minutes
Drew    can swim the distance in 17 minutes

How long does the overall rescue take - the answer is not 43 minutes!

[Ref: ZFKO]

Puzzle 19

• Place letters into the grid such that every row, column, and 2x2 block has letters (in any order) that form a common word.
• Each letter is only used once, and no letter is repeated in the rows/cols/blocks.
• Letters allowed: S O N A T A.

[Ref: ZUDY] © Alan Stillson and Frank Longo.

Puzzle 20

A donkey is tied to a rope 6 feet long and there is a bale of hay 8 feet away.

How can the donkey get to the hay if he does not bite or undo the rope?

[Ref: ZTNN]