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March 18th, 2006 (10:51 am)

Those mental agility tests were fun. I admit I'd have only have got 4 points myself on a first run-though, but still fun to see everyone's answers.

Overall winner was gianfared who was the only person to get all 8 correct (eventually) and the only person to solve number 6. *applauds wildly*

1) The time is 19 minutes to the hour. Without looking at a clock, place the following in order reading anti-clockwise from the minute hand: II XI IX III (one point)

2) Count the number of times the letter "f" appears in this sentence. You must count them just once and not recheck your answer. (two points)
"Emphatically famous frauds are the cause of many hours of frenzied yet fruitful scientific police research combined with the experience of years."
There are nine f's - I suspect most people missed the second f in 'fruitful' here.

3) Frank's mum had three children. The first was named June, the second was called May. What was the third child's name? (one point)

4) Why are the following words in that particular order? (one point)
Idea, Knob, Epic, Hard, Rare, Wolf, Sing, Inch
They're in alphabetical order of the last letter in each word.

5) What is the connection between the following sets of words? (one point)
Nomad Ride
Melon Done
Prom Echo
Chop Arising
Each pair of words has a European Capital hidden in the middle.

6) You cut a thick piece of wood into 12 equal pieces, and stack them in two piles of six. You then find you have three piles of wood. Why? (one point)

7) Under any circumstances is it ever possible for a man to marry his widow's daughter? (one point)
Well no, he's dead was my answer. However, three smartasses clever flist members came up with the theory that if he married, then divorced a woman before marrying her mother, that would count. Grudgingly, I gave points. :P

Great fun all round - Thanks to everyone that played.


Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: March 18th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)

Count the number of times the letter "f" appears in this sentence.

Taken completely literally the answer is 2.

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: March 18th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

I have to go with Marcus on this one.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 18th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)


Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: March 18th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)

* looks at the answer to #6 *

* wonders where in the question it is implied that a saw was used instead of an axe *

* grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr *

(no, not blaming you, just kicking myself that I never thought of it being sawn wood and not chopped wood)

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