Brain Puzzlers

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    May 02, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    Two different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.
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    May 02, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    Here's another one:
    Four world capitals begin with high-scoring Scrabble letters (J, Q and Z). Can you name all four?
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    May 13, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    First question I think the answer is West Virginia and Virginia, and Illinois and Indiana.

    Second question would be Jerusalem, Jakarta, Quito, and you stumped me on the "Z."
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    May 13, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    NEVERMIND.
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    May 13, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Mr. Smith works on the 10th floor. Every morning, he gets in the elevator on the 1st floor, rides the elevator to the 5th floor, and then walks up the stairs from the 5th floor to the 10th floor. At the end of the day, he gets in the elevator on the 10th floor and rides it all the way down to the 1st floor.

    Why doesn't he just take the elevator all the way to the 10th floor in the morning?
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    May 13, 2013 8:30 AM GMT
    sports2188 saidFirst question I think the answer is West Virginia and Virginia, and Illinois and Indiana.

    Second question would be Jerusalem, Jakarta, Quito, and you stumped me on the "Z."

    No. It's Virginia - WASHINGTON - West Virginia.
    The other pair is Florida- Georgia

    No one else learned this song in school?
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    May 13, 2013 8:40 AM GMT
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    May 13, 2013 9:15 AM GMT
    livelifenow saidMr. Smith works on the 10th floor. Every morning, he gets in the elevator on the 1st floor, rides the elevator to the 5th floor, and then walks up the stairs from the 5th floor to the 10th floor. At the end of the day, he gets in the elevator on the 10th floor and rides it all the way down to the 1st floor.

    Why doesn't he just take the elevator all the way to the 10th floor in the morning?


    Hint "da PLANE...da PLANE!"
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    May 13, 2013 1:54 PM GMT
    sports2188 said
    Second question would be Jerusalem, Jakarta, Quito, and you stumped me on the "Z."

    Tel Aviv is the internationally-recognized capital of Israel, not Jerusalem, according to the UN, although Israel disputes that.

    Jakarta would be correct, and Quito, also Zagreb (Croatia), and Juba (South Sudan), if Jerusalem is disqualified.
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    May 13, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    livelifenow saidMr. Smith works on the 10th floor. Every morning, he gets in the elevator on the 1st floor, rides the elevator to the 5th floor, and then walks up the stairs from the 5th floor to the 10th floor. At the end of the day, he gets in the elevator on the 10th floor and rides it all the way down to the 1st floor.

    Why doesn't he just take the elevator all the way to the 10th floor in the morning?

    Hint "da PLANE...da PLANE!"

    He's a midget and can only reach as high as the button for the 5th floor when going up. But he can reach the lower 1st floor button when going down, because all the buttons are stacked on the elevator panel from 1 at the lowest position to 10 at the highest.

    turbobilly figured it out. Wish I had seen this sooner, I love puzzles.

    (Though honestly, who wouldn't be clever enough to carry some object like a stick or rod to press the 10th floor button, instead of walking the stairs?)
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    May 13, 2013 2:05 PM GMT
    My own puzzler:

    A father brings his injured son into the hospital emergency room, where it's determined he needs an operation. But the surgeon upon seeing the boy in the OR exclaims: "I can't operate on him, he's my son!"

    What's the explanation?

    Believe it or not, 45 years ago when I solved this as a Mensa puzzle most people couldn't. Today most can. Therefore the hint is social change.
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    May 13, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidTwo different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.

    If you mean alphabetically by first letter, then New York and New Jersey (where I'm from), and Iowa and Illinois. But that's not strict alphabetical order, in a list of all 50 States, just States that begin with the same first letter.
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    May 13, 2013 2:23 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidTwo different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.


    Florida - Georgia

    (I know this jingle by heart where the states are sung alphabetically)

    Art Deco said
    A father brings his injured son into the hospital emergency room, where it's determined he needs an operation. But the surgeon upon seeing the boy in the OR exclaims: "I can't operate on him, he's my son!"

    What's the explanation?

    Believe it or not, 45 years ago when I solved this as a Mensa puzzle most people couldn't. Today most can. Therefore the hint is social change.


    The father and the surgeon are gay lovers icon_razz.gif
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    May 13, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    CFL_Oakland said
    Coach_Mike saidTwo different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.

    Florida - Georgia

    (I know this jingle by heart where the states are sung alphabetically)

    Art Deco said
    A father brings his injured son into the hospital emergency room, where it's determined he needs an operation. But the surgeon upon seeing the boy in the OR exclaims: "I can't operate on him, he's my son!"

    What's the explanation?

    Believe it or not, 45 years ago when I solved this as a Mensa puzzle most people couldn't. Today most can. Therefore the hint is social change.

    The father and the surgeon are gay lovers icon_razz.gif

    Could be correct today, but that wasn't the original answer. In fact, that answer wasn't even on the table (forgive the pun on "mensa") in the 1960s.
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    May 13, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    CFL_Oakland said
    Coach_Mike saidTwo different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.

    Florida - Georgia

    (I know this jingle by heart where the states are sung alphabetically)

    Art Deco said
    A father brings his injured son into the hospital emergency room, where it's determined he needs an operation. But the surgeon upon seeing the boy in the OR exclaims: "I can't operate on him, he's my son!"

    What's the explanation?

    Believe it or not, 45 years ago when I solved this as a Mensa puzzle most people couldn't. Today most can. Therefore the hint is social change.

    The father and the surgeon are gay lovers icon_razz.gif

    Could be correct today, but that wasn't the original answer. In fact, that answer wasn't even on the table (forgive the pun on "mensa") in the 1960s.


    Haha the surgeon was his mother
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    May 13, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    soybean1 said
    ART_DECO said
    CFL_Oakland said
    Coach_Mike saidTwo different pairs of US states are next to each other BOTH alphabetically and geographically. Who knows the answer without looking at a map? Post your own favorite brain puzzler. I love this shit.

    Florida - Georgia

    (I know this jingle by heart where the states are sung alphabetically)

    Art Deco said
    A father brings his injured son into the hospital emergency room, where it's determined he needs an operation. But the surgeon upon seeing the boy in the OR exclaims: "I can't operate on him, he's my son!"

    What's the explanation?

    Believe it or not, 45 years ago when I solved this as a Mensa puzzle most people couldn't. Today most can. Therefore the hint is social change.

    The father and the surgeon are gay lovers icon_razz.gif

    Could be correct today, but that wasn't the original answer. In fact, that answer wasn't even on the table (forgive the pun on "mensa") in the 1960s.


    Haha the surgeon was his mother


    I had that thought immediately when I read the surgeon's statement. She's his mom.
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    May 13, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Here's another Mensa puzzler I remember. And hope I recall it well enough to state it correctly. I trust those who've already heard these puzzles will not cheat and participate.

    Seven people are found dead, inside a cabin on the side of a hill. Autopsies determine they weren't shot, poisoned (including carbon monoxide), stabbed, nor was there any indication present of homicide or suicide, and they weren't sick. The coroner determined they all died of blunt force trauma. They were strangers who didn't know each other.

    What happened?

    In the original Mensa oral puzzle you could ask questions. I'll answer questions here if you wish.
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    May 13, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    soybean1 said
    Haha the surgeon was his mother

    DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!

    Yet with all respects, not a terribly tough puzzler today, my point in posting it. But 45 years ago it was difficult, because people, both men & women, automatically assumed a surgeon would be a man. Those gender role stereotypes are less prevalent today.

    The answer attempts would be quite convoluted, like one "father" was adoptive, the other biological, the assumption always being it involved 2 men. But as I noted above, I never heard the solution of gay partners, since very few people in that era even knew such relationships existed, or would propose that as a solution.

    But I find it interesting how far we've advanced in gender equality in the US, that the "mother" answer doesn't stump us like it once did. Thanks, soybean, you make me smile, and confirm my own assumptions about contemporary US society. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 13, 2013 3:16 PM GMT
    A detective was having a morning stroll when he saw a some people gathering near a fountain, as he approached them he saw that they were crowded around the dead body of a woman. He noticed that the woman's purse was laying near her body and inspected it. There was no money inside and all he found was her driver's license and her home contact number. The driver's license belonged to a Mrs. Smith and showed that Mrs. Smith lived about 10 minutes drive from the park. He called the number, "hello?" "Hello" came a man's voice, "is this Mr.Smith?" "Yes, this is him speaking" "I have some bad news, its about your wife, she has been murdered" "what?" "Yes, come quickly!" "I will be there immediately". 10 minutes later, a black car pulled up and Mr. Smith got out, but just as he got out the detective said, "he is the murderer, arrest him"

    How did the detective know Mr.Smith was the murderer?

    Haha this may be abit easy, maybe I'm not telling it right
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    May 13, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    soybean1 saidA detective was having a morning stroll when he saw a some people gathering near a fountain, as he approached them he saw that they were crowded around the dead body of a woman. He noticed that the woman's purse was laying near her body and inspected it. There was no money inside and all he found was her driver's license and her home contact number. The driver's license belonged to a Mrs. Smith and showed that Mrs. Smith lived about 10 minutes drive from the park. He called the number, "hello?" "Hello" came a man's voice, "is this Mr.Smith?" "Yes, this is him speaking" "I have some bad news, its about your wife, she has been murdered" "what?" "Yes, come quickly!" "I will be there immediately". 10 minutes later, a black car pulled up and Mr. Smith got out, but just as he got out the detective said, "he is the murderer, arrest him"

    How did the detective know Mr.Smith was the murderer?

    Haha this may be abit easy, maybe I'm not telling it right

    The detective didn't mention WHERE she was murdered, but Mr. Smith knew.
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    May 13, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidHere's another Mensa puzzler I remember. And hope I recall it well enough to state it correctly. I trust those who've already heard these puzzles will not cheat and participate.

    Seven people are found dead, inside a cabin on the side of a hill. Autopsies determine they weren't shot, poisoned (including carbon monoxide), stabbed, nor was there any indication present of homicide or suicide, and they weren't sick. The coroner determined they all died of blunt force trauma. They were strangers who didn't know each other.

    What happened?

    In the original Mensa oral puzzle you could ask questions. I'll answer questions here if you wish.


    Is the cabin a mosaleum or some kind of cemetery? Or maybe a heroes' monument?
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    May 13, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
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    soybean1 saidA detective was having a morning stroll when he saw a some people gathering near a fountain, as he approached them he saw that they were crowded around the dead body of a woman. He noticed that the woman's purse was laying near her body and inspected it. There was no money inside and all he found was her driver's license and her home contact number. The driver's license belonged to a Mrs. Smith and showed that Mrs. Smith lived about 10 minutes drive from the park. He called the number, "hello?" "Hello" came a man's voice, "is this Mr.Smith?" "Yes, this is him speaking" "I have some bad news, its about your wife, she has been murdered" "what?" "Yes, come quickly!" "I will be there immediately". 10 minutes later, a black car pulled up and Mr. Smith got out, but just as he got out the detective said, "he is the murderer, arrest him"

    How did the detective know Mr.Smith was the murderer?

    Haha this may be abit easy, maybe I'm not telling it right

    The detective didn't mention WHERE she was murdered, but Mr. Smith knew.


    Wahaha correct!
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    May 13, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidHere's another Mensa puzzler I remember. And hope I recall it well enough to state it correctly. I trust those who've already heard these puzzles will not cheat and participate.

    Seven people are found dead, inside a cabin on the side of a hill. Autopsies determine they weren't shot, poisoned (including carbon monoxide), stabbed, nor was there any indication present of homicide or suicide, and they weren't sick. The coroner determined they all died of blunt force trauma. They were strangers who didn't know each other.

    What happened?

    In the original Mensa oral puzzle you could ask questions. I'll answer questions here if you wish.

    Was it the cabin of a crashed plane?
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    May 13, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    ok, so this is more funny than intelligent, just take a wild guess, the answer doesn't make any sense, just for laughs haha

    There is a bird flying in the sky, as it flies past an aeroplane, suddenly it dies, why?
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    May 13, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO saidHere's another Mensa puzzler I remember. And hope I recall it well enough to state it correctly. I trust those who've already heard these puzzles will not cheat and participate.

    Seven people are found dead, inside a cabin on the side of a hill. Autopsies determine they weren't shot, poisoned (including carbon monoxide), stabbed, nor was there any indication present of homicide or suicide, and they weren't sick. The coroner determined they all died of blunt force trauma. They were strangers who didn't know each other.

    What happened?

    In the original Mensa oral puzzle you could ask questions. I'll answer questions here if you wish.

    Is the cabin a mosaleum or some kind of cemetery? Or maybe a heroes' monument?

    No. And the 7 people had been alive just hours before they were found.