My first is in horse but not in pony.
My second is in coyote but not in jackal.
My third is in shrew and also in vole.
My fourth is in panda but not in bear.
My last is in baboon but not in monkey.
What am I?
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Hint: The first letter can only be H, R, S or E.
Answer: A hyena.
The 1st letter can be: H R S E
The 2nd letter can be: O Y T E
The 3rd letter can be: E
The 4th letter can be: P N D
The 5th letter can be: B A
Which is larger, the number of seconds in a day or the number hours in 10 years?
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Hint: Do leap years make a difference?
Answer: Hours in 10 years.
In a day there are 60 x 60 x 24 seconds = 86,400 seconds.
In 10 years there are 10 x 365 x 24 hours = 87,600 hours, which even without the leap years is already the larger number.
These two sets of five clues each leads to five words that only differ by one vowel (the vowel is a, e, i, o or u, but not necessarily in that order). What are the words?
On the contrary.
A head warmer.
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Hint: All of the words are three letters long.
Answer: Bot, bit, but, bat, bet.
Hit, het, hut, hat, hot.
Due to rumours that there was a world shortage of chewing gum, everyone was stocking up on packs. By the time I'd got to the store, they had sold out!
However, there were two people at the till who had already bought 4 and 5 packs respectively and they kindly offered to share their packs with me.
After the sharing, we all had the same number of packs each and I paid them $9 for my packs. How did they share the $9 between them?
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Hint: The answer is not $4 and $5.
Answer: $3 and $6.
As there were 9 packs in total, we each received 3 packs.
The first person therefore gave me 1 pack, and the second person gave me 2 packs.
So the money had to be shared in the same ratio, 1:2.
Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central
A and no letter can be used twice. The letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?
Excellent: 63 words. Good: 48 words. Average: 35 words.
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Hint: Every word must contain the central letter.
ail, air, alibi, an, aria, baa, bail, bairn, ban, banal, bar, barn, brain, bran, briar, lab, lair, liar, LIBRARIAN, lira, nail, rail, rain, ran.
aa, aal, aalii, ab, aba, abri, ai, ail, ain, air, airn, al, ala, alan, alar, alb, alba, alibi, an, ana, ani, anil, ar, arb, aria, aril, ba, baa, baal, bail, bairn, bal, ban, banal, bani, bar, barn, biali, binal, blain, brail, brain, bran, briar, ilia, inia, la, laari, lab, labra, lain, lair, lanai, lar, lari, liana, liar, libra, LIBRARIAN, lira, na, nab, nail, naira, narial, raia, rail, rain, ran, rani, ria, rial.