Wednesday, April 8, 2009

BRAINTENANCE QUIZ: 3/7/09 -3/10/09

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Dear Friends:

Here are the answers to the cryptograms from the last quiz. How many of these were you able to get right? A friend brought to my attention that he sometimes uses the "Jeopardy" approach to solving some of the cryptograms -- he figures out some of the letters, and then takes a guess at the old saying or statement that's been encrypted. If you can somehow guess the saying, it is an amazing timesaver...but be advised, it's not an easy way to start. The best way is still to determine what some of the smaller words are by using the frequency of occurence of the letters. But I digress...

Here we go:

1. Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.

Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

10. The optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. The pessimist fears this is true.


Here are several fine mind-twisters to keep your brain throbbing...

1. Any number, when divided by zero, equals what?

2. What is the sum of all numbers from 1 to 1,000?

3. What is the sum of all of the even numbers from 1 to 1,000?

4. What is the sum of all of the odd numbers from 1 to 1,000?

5. What number, when divided by itself, equals itself?

6. What number, when multiplied by itself, equals 729?

7. What three-digit number, whose digits are added together equals the same as the product when its digits are multiplied by eachother?

8. How many correct answers can there be to the previous question?

9. Why does it seem that time passes more quickly as we grow older?

10. How far can a dog run into the woods?

11. What are these two words: One is an amusing story, and the other is a cure for a poison.

12. What do we run into after we've run out?

13. What is the term for those interesting shapes and patterns we see when we close our eyelids?

14. How many moons are there during a period of three months?

15. What question will never be answered?


Douglas Castle

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