## Archive for September, 2007

### And now, this brief commercial announcement

Friday, September 28th, 2007

If you’re anywhere near Connecticut, come meet Eric Berlin on Saturday, September 29th, at Borders Bookshop in Fairfield, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. He’ll be challenging one and all with fun word puzzles, and giving out prizes. He’ll also be signing books, of course.

(You do know that the book is now out, right?)

### A real lightweight

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I’m going to give you eight one-pound weights, each about the size of a baseball. I’ll also give you a simple balance — the kind where you place objects in two different trays, in order to find out if one weighs more than the other.

One of the weights, while identical to the others, is actually lighter than a pound. Your task is to figure out which of the eight weights is the light one. You may use the balance… but you can only use it twice. How can you figure out which weight is the light weight?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

My friend’s car just reached 100,001 miles. That’s a palindromic number — it reads the same both backwards and forwards. What is the next palindromic number he’ll reach?

### Puzzles You Can Wear

Monday, September 24th, 2007

1. What article of clothing can you make by scrambling the word THIRST?

2. What word can you make by placing the word TIE somewhere within the word PANTS?

3. How many things that you wear on your feet can you name that begin with the letter S?

4. Which two words below form a new word when placed next to each other?

SHOE VEST HAT SUIT BRA SCARF COAT

### Are You In Or Out?

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Each of the seventeen words and phrases can be found in the grid below, but every time the letters IN or OUT appear, they’ve been replaced with a picture of a door. You’ll have to figure out which doors go IN and which doors come OUT. Can you unlock the entire word search before you become unhinged?

BOUTIQUE
CHAIN
CHILL OUT
COMBINE
DEVOUT
HANDOUT
INSIDE OUT
MOUTHWATERING
OBTAIN
PRINTOUT
RAINBOW TROUT
SHOUTING
SINE CURVE
SOUTH CAROLINA
SUBROUTINE

### Happy Birthday, Smiley Face!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

The online smiley face…

:-)

…was sent for the first time 25 years ago this week. (It was created by a computer scientist named Scott Fahlman.) Since then, all kinds of emoticons have been invented. Can you match up each emoticon with its meaning?

1. P-(

2. <:0)

3. @@@@ :-)

4. ~:0

5. O-\-<]:

6. ~(_8^(|)

7. C=:-)

8. 0=)

9. ==):-)=

10. ——>-<o

a. angel
b. baby
c. bungee jumper
d. chef
e. clown
f. Abraham Lincoln
g. Homer Simpson
h. Marge Simpson
i. skateboarder
j. pirate

### Three For Me and Three For You

Monday, September 17th, 2007
1. Name two signs of the zodiac that contain the consecutive letters COR.
2. Name two board games that contain the consecutive letters CHE.
3. Name two kinds of fruit that contain the consecutive letters PEA.
4. Name two countries that the consecutive letters DEN.
5. Name two kinds of metals that contain the consecutive letters RON.

### Mutts

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Five mutts can be seen below, each made from two different breeds of dogs. You can only see the top half of the letters from one breed, and the bottom half of the letters from the other. Nonetheless, can you identify the two different breeds in each mutt?

### New Math?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

\$ + # = &

% ! + @ \$ = & %

^ @ ! + # & * = ???

What should take the place of the question marks?