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 Puzzle 281 Can you tell what this rebus is? R  U   N [Ref: ZTVS] Hint: Say what you see. Answer: Run down. Puzzle 282 Cake TheftDuring a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements: Arnold:  it wasn't Edward          it was Brian Brian:   it wasn't Charles          it wasn't Edward Charles: it was Edward          it wasn't Arnold Derek:   it was Charles          it was Brian Edward:  it was Derek          it wasn't Arnold It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake? [Ref: ZFSC] © Kevin Stone Hint: Look at Brian's statements first. Answer: Charles committed the terrible crime. Looking at Brian's statements, one of the statements was a lie and the other was the truth. Therefore it must have been either Charles or Edward. Looking at Derek's statements, for the same reason, it was either Charles or Brian. Therefore it must have been Charles who committed the crime. Double checking this against the other statements confirms this. Puzzle 283 The legendary BrainBashers calendar has had an early millennium bug. Here is a listing showing the number of days in each month: January    107 February   68 March      135 April      15 May        133 June       104 July       104 August     16 September  ==?== How many days are in September? [Ref: ZBOM] © Kevin Stone Hint: Look at the first letters of the months. Answer: 199. The first part is the alphabetic position of the first letter of the month, S=19, the second part is the number of letters in the word itself, September=9. January    10-7 February   6-8 March      13-5 April      1-5 May        13-3 June       10-4 July       10-4 August     1-6 September  19-9 Puzzle 284 Exactly how many minutes is it before seven o'clock, if 40 minutes ago it was three times as many minutes past two o'clock? [Ref: ZNNB] © Kevin Stone Hint: How many minutes are there between 2:00 and 7:00? Answer: 65 minutes. There are 300 minutes between 2:00 and 7:00 and we can ignore the "40 minutes ago" for a little while and share the remaining 260 minutes in the ratio 3:1, which is 195:65. Which means the 5 hours between 2:00 and 7:00 are made of up 195 minutes + 40 minutes + 65 minutes. Which means it is currently 65 minutes before 7:00. So it is now 5:55 (65 minutes before 7:00). To double check, 40 minutes ago it was 5:15 - which is 195 minutes after 2:00, as required (as 65 x 3 = 195).

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