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          VOL. #5  March 12, 2000

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LATERAL THINKING PUZZLE

A man was slowly counting but unfortunately he miscounted. A little later he suffered a sharp pain in his back.
Why?

CLUES:
Q: Was he counting as part of a task he was performing?
A: Yes.

Q: Was anyone else involved?
A: No.

Q: Would this happen to a woman?
A: Probably not.

Q: Was the pain caused by a pointed metal object?
A: Yes.
Solution at bottom!

 DO YOU KNOW???

1. When did casinos become legal in Atlantic City?
2. How much does a 1-carat diamond weigh?
3. Has anyone ever been hit by a meteorite?
4. Why is an hour divided into 60 minutes? Why not 10 or 100 minutes?
Solution's at bottom!

LOGIC PUZZLE

 "SWAP MEET"
by David Champlin

The game show "Swap Meet," which airs Monday through Friday, attracts crowds of spectators because all the contestants are chosen from the studio audience. In order to attract the attention of host Travis Trader people dress in outlandish costumes. Creativity, ingenuity, and the willingness to make fools of themselves on national TV paid off last week for five people (including the one whose last name is Fox), as Travis not only noticed them, but gave them the chance to win the big prize! Each day's lucky contestant wore a different costume and won a different prize. From this information and the clues below, determine the full name of each winner, the costume each wore, the prize won, and the day each appeared on the show.

1. The man who wore the butterfly costume (who didn't appear on Monday's show) didn't win either the car or the boat.

2. The contestant who dressed as a rag doll was the big winner the day before the one who won new kitchen appliances. Elaine appeared on the show at least two days earlier than Hobson. (Note: Four different people are mentioned in this clue.)

3. Betty (who didn't appear on Wednesday's show) was neither the contestant who won new living room furniture nor the person who dressed up as an Egyptian mummy (who didn't win the boat).

4. The contestant who wore the clown costume appeared on the show earlier in the week than Chris, who appeared earlier than the contestant who won the car.

5. The five winners were, in no particular order: Allan, Guyarre, the one who dressed as a space alien, the one who won a vacation in Hawaii, and Friday's winner.

6. Mr. Indy didn't win either furniture or kitchen appliances.

7. Neither Chris nor Hobson had ever won anything before in their lives.

8. The contestant who won the boat appeared on the show the day before Ms. Jinn, who appeared the day before Dan.

9. The contestant dressed as the clown (who didn't win furniture) and the contestant dressed as the space alien didn't appear on consecutive shows.

Solution at bottom!

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INSULTS & BOASTS

~He gives everyone a piece of his mind. I guess that's why no one receives very much.
~Every word that comes from your mouth proves you've got a hole in your head.
~You're filled up to your ears, but not above them.
~The only thing you've ever taken into that head of yours is food and water.
~I hear you have a vacancy for rent. Why don't you see if you can get a brain to move in.
~You needn't wear a hat. Your head is insulated by a vacuum. He has to have a thick skull to keep the air pressure from crushing it. You have a clear mind. It isn't cluttered up with facts.

THOUGHTS
~Some of my thoughts do beat around the bush. You might call them an indirect lighting system.
~Let my words be a crutch for your feeble mind.
~For fifty dollars a week I'll do your thinking for you. It's the only way you'll ever get any done.
~Here's a gem of thought (point to self).
~If my thoughts were a painting they'd be a Rembrandt.
~I never stop to think. I just do whatever needs doing while I think.

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MISC. PUZZLES

1. One of the most famous puzzles in the math world is "How Old Is Ann?" Here's another variation. Ann is now exactly two-fifths of her older sister's age, and two years from now she will be one-half of her older sister's age. Conversely, two years ago, Ann was only one-fourth the age of her older sis­ter's age at that time. How old is Ann now? (She's a fairly young child, by the way)

2. You have stealthily raided your small child's piggy bank. You feel slightly guilty as you count the money You have the same number of dimes and quarters, totaling exactly $2.45. When you turn honest and put it back, how many of each coin will you need to replace? (Your child keeps a record of how much she puts in and in what denomination, of course.)

3. When Maria went to get a passport, she had to give her real date of birth, but under all other circumstances she refused. When somebody asked how old she was, she said she was twenty-one, mentally omitting all Sundays. Sundays she didn't work, so naturally she didn't get any older. How old was Maria really?

4. What would logically come next in this sequence?
S30    031    N30

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SOLUTIONS

Lateral Thinking....The man was counting the pins as he removed them from a new shirt. Unfortunately, he missed one.

Do You Know?......
1. Las Vegas-style casinos were approved by New Jersey voters on Tuesday, November 2, 1976.
2. It weighs 200 milligrams, or 3.086 grains troy. The measurement originally represented the weight of a seed of the carob tree.
3.At least two people. In September 1954, Mrs. Hewlett Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was hit by a meteorite as she napped in her living room. The rock from space weighed about 10 pounds. In the late 1930s, a Japa­nese girl was also hit by a small meteorite.
4. Because it is based on the sexagesirnal system of notation-a system based on the number 60 that pre­dates the decimal system. It was developed about 2400 B.C. by the Sumetians. Since ancient times, the sex­agesimal system has been used to divide circles into 360 degrees (60 x 6), each degree into 60 minutes, each minute into 60 seconds. Because clocks have round faces, it seemed sensible to apply the system to the measurement of time.

Logic Puzzle......
Mon.: Elaine Fox, clown, vacation
Tues.: Chris Guyarre, butterfly, furniture
Wed.: Allan Indy, doll, boat
Thurs.: Betty Jinn, alien, appliances
Fri.: Dan Hobson, mummy, car

Misc. Puzzle......
1. Ann is four years old now.
2. Seven of each coin.
3. Maria was twenty-four. She subtracted one-seventh of her real age.
4. D31. The sequence is made up of the initials of the months and the number of days in each month.