Mind Puzzles: Jack Swan Issue 81

1) This is a puzzle which is best played with friends and real dice on a table. The rules require one of the players to throw 5 dice at once, and then answer correctly “how many petals there are around the rose”. The procedure gets repeated until everyone has discovered the secret rules of the puzzle or has given up. Here are 3 examples. Can you work out why?

All answers one bottom of page.

2) A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, turned left where there was a “no left turn” sign, and went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Yet, he didn’t break any traffic laws. Why not?

3) A sundial has the fewest moving parts of any timepiece. Which has the most?

4) Which type of cheese is made backwards?

5) What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat, and a half goat? (tough one!!!!)

6) Add just one line to create a correct equality.  5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 5 5 5

7) Move only 2 matchsticks so that you get 4 (identical) squares. There should not be any spare matchsticks left.  (love this one!!!)

Answers:
1) The roses are the middle dots on the dice, and the petals are the dots around them. Just count the number of all petals appearing on the five dice and you will get the answer. 1 -> 0, 2 -> 0, 3 -> 2, 4 -> 0, 5 – > 4, 6 -> 0.


2) The bus driver was walking


3) The hourglass, it has thousands of grains of sand.


4) Edam


5) The answer is CHICAGO. CHI is 3/7 of CHICKEN, CA is 2/3 of CAT, GO is a half of GOAT.


6) 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 5 5 5


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