You find yourself playing a game with your friend.
It is played with a deck of only 16 cards, divided into 4 suits:
Red, Blue, Orange and Green.
There are four cards in each suit:
Ace, King, Queen and Jack.
Ace outranks King, which outranks Queen, which outranks Jack - except for the Green Jack, which outranks every other card.
If two cards have the same face value, then Red outranks Blue, which outranks Orange, which outranks Green, again except for the Green Jack, which outranks everything.
Here's how the game is played: you are dealt one card face up, and your friend is dealt one card face down. Your friend then makes some true statements, and you have to work out who has the higher card, you or your friend. It's that simple!
You are dealt the Red Queen and your friend makes three statements:
1. My card could lose to a Blue card.
2. Knowing this, if I am more likely to have an Ace or a King than a Queen or a Jack, then I have an Orange card. Otherwise, I don't.
3. Given all of the information you now know, if I am more likely to have a Jack than an Ace, then I actually have a King. Otherwise, I don't.
Hint: What cards can your friend have at the start?
Answer: Your friend.
After #1 you know that you have the Red Queen (RQ), and your friend's card could be beaten by a blue card, so your friend can only have one of the following cards:
RK, RJ, BK, BQ, BJ, OA, OK, OQ, OJ, GA, GK, GQ.
Of these 12 cards there are 6 Aces or Kings, therefore by #2 their card is not orange.
Your friend now has one of the following cards:
RK, RJ, BK, BQ, BJ, GA, GK, GQ.
Of these 8 cards there are 2 Jacks and 1 Ace, therefore by #3 their card is a King, which beats your Queen. QED.
The BrainBashers safe has a rather unusual control panel.
In order to open the safe you have to press every single button once only, in the correct sequence, ending on the button marked E.
Each button clearly states which button to press next, for example, 2U means move up 2 buttons and 3R means move right 3 buttons.
Can you determine which button you must start with?
Hint: These are the first letters of the words: T, T, H, D, W, L, H, W, C, N
TEL + ESC + OPE = TELESCOPE
TIM + ETA + BLE = TIMETABLE
HAI + RBR + USH = HAIRBRUSH
DIF + FER + ENT = DIFFERENT
WAT + ERF + ALL = WATERFALL
LIG + HTN + ING = LIGHTNING
HEA + DLI + GHT = HEADLIGHT
WHI + RLW + IND = WHIRLWIND
CAR + TIL + AGE = CARTILAGE
NEW + SAG + ENT = NEWSAGENT
Daft Dave, our local DIY expert, is renovating the local hospital.
He has to number each of the rooms in the hospital with plastic numbers.
However, he has run out of the number 9.
How many 9's must Dave buy in order to number all 1,000 rooms?
We then repeat this for 100, 200, 300, up to 900 - which is 200 9's.
But from 900 to 999 we have an extra 100 9's as each starts with a 9.
So the total is 300.
Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central G 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?