Showing posts with label Puzzles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Puzzles. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2012

Find the hidden tiger

Here is a Bengal tiger standing in a bamboo forest in plain sight.

Can you spot the hidden tiger?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lion not alone

Okay - this image seems like a legitimate lion.  

Can you also spot another animal in here? 

Answer  posted tomorrow evening. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Qualified Father

Once upon a time, a trader named Pravardhamana lived in Dhaaranagaram. He was a successful man in business and was one among the richest persons in the kingdom. He had a beautiful daughter who had attained the age to perform marriage. When the trader was thinking how to go about his daughter's marriage, one night dacoits barged into his house and decamped looting all his belongings and killing him.

After loosing her husband, Pravardhamana's wife took off to a journey with her daughter Jayaprada not knowing where to go and what to do. They left Dharanagaram and were passing through a jungle in the dark. While they were walking in the dense forest, as it was shady they mistakenly stamped a thief's leg.

The thief was already severely wounded and was on the verge of death. Oh God! screamed the thief with pain. Meanwhile, clouds cleared in the sky spreading moonlight on the jungle. In the dim light, they noticed him and were sorry for his state. Falling pity on him they stood close to him.

The thief watching the two strangers understood them to be mother and daughter. Madam! Epics say that persons who die without male children were not eligible for heaven. I will die any moment. Please get your daughter married to me and I will pay you one thousand Varahas (currency in ancient days was said to be termed as Varaha in the sub-continent as we have Rupee, Dollar and Pound in the modern age). You will be free to get your daughter married to anyone after I die. In case, she gives birth to a male child marrying someone else, he would become my son.'

Mother was lured on hearing the thousand varahas from thief's mouth. She dragged her daughter little away and discussed with her in a convincing manner. Jayaprada resisted her mother. Mother are you mad? How could I marry a person who is about to die now or then?'

Mother convinced her, You dumbhead! I pretty well know he is about to die. I wish you should marry him for those one thousand varahas. We will leave the place immediately after he is dead and live comfortably.' Both of them reached the thief and asked him, where is the amount?'

The thief indicated to the bottom of a tree nearby and said varahas were buried near the roots. The duo went there and took the money out of the ditch. Immediately mother went to the pond close to the place and brought some water and performed her daughter's marriage with the thief. After a while the thief died and the women reached a town crossing through the forest and started living in a rented house.

As the days were passing by, Jayaprada loved one Brahmananda Sastry who was passing through their street regularly. She informed her mother about Sastry and wished that she was inclined to flirt with him. The next day, mother invited Sastry to their house and conveyed that her daughter was interested in him. Sastry was happy to spend some time with Jayaprada and demanded some money for the act. Mother agreed and paid the sum to Sastry.

As a result of the association of Sastry, Jayaprada was pregnant. Few days later, Sastry lost interest in Jayaprada and stopped visiting her. Jayaprada gave birth to a baby boy. The same night Jayaprada dreamt of a Goddess ordering her, This boy will become a king. Take him on the cot to the portal of the royal palace and leave him there placing one thousand varahas beside him.

She woke up mother and detailed the entire dream. Immediately both prayed the Goddess and decided to go by her order in the dream of Jayaprada. They made all the arrangements according to the Goddess and left the child in front of the royal palace. Meanwhile, the Deity appeared in the dream of the king Kamaladitya and said, King! You are not blessed with children. One child is lying on a cot with one thousand varahas beside him in front of your palace main gate. Go, get him and groom him as your own son.

The king woke and rushed to the main entrance of the palace. He found the child as per the dream and took him into the palace and handed him over to his queen. Time passed by and the child grew. He was named Vimaladitya. Years cut through and the kind died after crowning Vimaladitya as his successor.

Vimaladitya seeking better place for his father in the heaven went to holy town Kasi and was about to leave food to the dead. Suddenly, three hands rose from the water and Vimaladitya was confused in which hand he should place the food. He sought advice from Brahmins. The Brahmins looked closely at the hands. They decided that one hand belonged to the King, depending on the ornaments, the other one belonging to a Brahmin and the third one as thief's.

Question: Whom should Vimaladitya offer the celestial food.

Answer: There is no doubt here that who is a qualified father. The king groomed the child taking one thousand varahas, hence he could not be graded as father. When it comes to the Brahmin who was directly responsible for Vimaladitya's birth, he took money for associating with Jayaprada. Therefore Brahmin is also not qualified as father.

Comes the issue of the thief, he married Jayaprada paying money and said that anytime a son is born to her he would be treated as his son. So, it is the thief's hand on which Vimaladitya should place the sacred offering.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Two moms and their daughters went to the mall shopping.  Each mom and daughter bought a hand woven sparkling sequin handbag to keep up with the trend of the season, which they found on sale.

When they reached home, they had only 3 handbags. None of them lost or returned their handbag. How is this possible?


Monday, January 31, 2011

Man's head

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people.

If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally.

If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein.

If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger.

Oh yeah - the man's head is in the image, and I was able to spot it!  If you are unable to spot it, don't worry - I shall publish the answer tomorrow.  


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Common factor - solution

If you take out the first letter, add it at the end and read backwards, you will get the same word.

The original words:


Removing the first letter, placing it at the end, and reading backwards:



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Common factor

Can you figure out what these words have in common?


Answers tomorrow.

If you already figured it out, feel free to post your response.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Perfect Story

A professor asked his students the following puzzle:

Once there was a perfect man who met a perfect woman.  After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding.  Their life together was, of course, perfect.

One snowy, stormy Christmas Eve this perfect couple was driving along a winding road when they noticed someone at the roadside in distress. Being the perfect couple, they stopped to help. There stood Santa Claus with a huge bundle of toys.  Not wanting to disappoint any children on the eve of Christmas, the perfect couple loaded Santa and his toys into their vehicle. Soon they were driving along delivering the toys. Unfortunately, the driving conditions deteriorated and the perfect couple and Santa Claus had an accident.  Only one of them survived the accident. Who was the survivor?

The female students responded: The perfect woman.  She's the only one that really existed in  the first place.  Everyone knows there is no Santa Claus and there is no such thing as a perfect man.

The male students responded: So, if there is no perfect man and no Santa Claus, the perfect woman must have been driving.  This explains why there was a car accident.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Answers - Fun questions

Here are the answers to the Fun questions posted earlier.  How many did you get right? If you got all right (and if you were in my team), you would have qualified for an ipod.  Compare your answers to this list. 

How many ridges does the edge of a dime have? 118

How long does a dragonfly live? 24 Hours

How long is a “jiffy”? 1/100th of a second

What is the only month in recorded history with no full moon? Feb. 1865

Who invented scissors? Leonardo Da Vinci

When did Niagara Falls completely freeze? Winter 1932

How many ways are there to make change for a dollar? 293

Where was Winston Churchill born? In a ladies room during a dance

Who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence? Edward Rutledge - 26

How much does a Koala sleep? 22 hours per day

Who was the first American to have plumbing installed? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fun questions

We have some fun activities coming up with a raffle draw.  Some of the questions are below.  Do you know answers to any of these, right off the bat? 

How many ridges does the edge of a dime have?

How long does a dragonfly live?

How long is a “jiffy”?

What is the only month in recorded history with no full moon?

Who invented scissors?

When did Niagara Falls completely freeze?

How many ways are there to make change for a dollar?

Where was Winston Churchill born?

Who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence?

How much does a Koala sleep?

Who was the first American to have plumbing installed?
Answers to be published next week.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simple puzzles

  1. Take 2 apples from 3 apples. What do you have?
  2. How many animals of each species did Moses take with him in the Ark?
  3. Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?
  4. If a doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one pill every half hour, how long would it be before all the pills taken?
  5. I went to bed at eight o'clock in the evening and wound up my clock and set the alarm to sound at nine o'clock in the morning. How many hours sleep would I get before being woken by the alarm?
  6. Divide 30 by half and add ten. What do you get?
  7. If you had only one match and entered a COLD and DARK room, where there was an oil heater, an oil lamp and a candle, which would you light first?
  8. A man builds a house with four sides of rectangular construction, each side having a southern exposure. A big bear comes along. What color is the bear?
  9. A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many live sheep were left?
  10. If you drove a bus with 43 people on board from Chicago and stopped at Pittsburgh to pick up 7 more people and drop off 5 passengers and at Cleveland to drop off 8 passengers and pick up 4 more and eventually arrive at Philadelphia 20 hours later, what's the name of the driver?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Which room?

Most of you must have heard this puzzle.  If you have heard this, try solving it once again. If this is your first time, try solving it.  If you have heard this before, see if your memory serves you right.

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms"

Room #1: Full of raging fires
Room #2 Full of assassins with loaded guns
Room #3 Full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years

If he approached you to pick a room for him, which room would you recommend?


Friday, April 9, 2010

Bus - puzzle

A tourist couple decided to go sight seeing in a mountainous area. They decided to get down at a certain place.  After the couple got down at that place, the bus moved on. As the bus moved on, a huge rock fell on the bus from the mountain and crushed the bus to crumbs. Everybody on board was killed.

The couple upon seeing that, said, 'We wish we were on that bus.'

Puzzle: Why do you think they said that?

Post your answer here if you came up with any.

I shall post the answer here Sunday evening.



Monday, March 29, 2010

Murder - puzzle

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing. She believed him to be her dream guy so much, that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

What is her motive for killing her sister?

Check back tomorrow evening to compare your answer.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

30 books

This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much; he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo, Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it, she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really east to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Solved: Fruits

In a contest held at a farm, four fruits (an apple, a banana, an orange, and a pear) were placed in four closed boxes (one fruit per box). People may guess which fruit is in which box. 123 people participated in the contest. When the boxes were opened, it turns out that 43 people guessed none of the fruits correctly, 39 people  guessed one fruit correctly, and 31 people have guessed two fruits correctly.

The Question: How many people guessed three fruits correctly, and how many people have guessed four fruits correctly?

The Answer, based on above data: 
# of people participated in the fruit contest = 123
# of people who guessed none of the fruits correctly = 43
# of people who guessed one fruit correctly = 39
# of people who guessed two fruits correctly = 31
# of people who guessed three fruits correctly = 10
# of people who guessed four fruits correctly = 10

Here is how we got the answer: 
123 - (43 + 39 + 31) = 10

If a person guessed three fruits correctly, then that person WILL guess the fourth fruit correctly as well.  

Friday, October 16, 2009

Solved: helping the neighbor

Here is how the 17 year boy solved his neighbor's problem that was posted last Wednesday.

The boy went home, got one sheep from his home and gave it to his neighbor.  The total count now became 17 + 1 = 18.  The boy now carefully divided the sheep according to their father's will.

The oldest son got 1/2 = 9 sheep;
the middle son got 1/3 = 6 sheep;
the youngest son got 1/9 = 2 sheep.

9  + 6 + 2 = 17.

After solving the neighbor's problem, the boy took his sheep home.

The 3 brothers were impressed by the boy's wit.  When asked how he learned to solve such problems, the boy said, "SAT preparation helped me to think and solve similar problems.".

After a brief discussion, the 3 brothers said, "We want to take SAT as well.  Can you tell us the next exam dates?"

The boy happily passed on the the exam dates for 2009 - 10 (below) to the 3 brothers and wished them good luck.

Test Dates
Regular Registration Deadline
(postmark/submit by)
October 10, 2009
SAT & Subject Tests
September 9, 2009
November 7, 2009
SAT & Subject Tests
October 1, 2009
December 5, 2009
SAT & Subject Tests
October 31, 2009
January 23, 2010
SAT & Subject Tests
December 15, 2009
March 13, 2010
SAT only
February 4, 2010
May 1, 2010
SAT & Subject Tests
March 25, 2010
June 5, 2010
SAT & Subject Tests
April 29, 2010

Thursday, October 8, 2009


In a contest held at a farm, four fruits (an apple, a banana, an orange, and a pear) were placed in four closed boxes (one fruit per box). People may guess which fruit is in which box. 123 people participated in the contest. When the boxes were opened, it turns out that 43 people guessed none of the fruits correctly, 39 people  guessed one fruit correctly, and 31 people have guessed two fruits correctly.

The Question: How many people guessed three fruits correctly, and how many people have guessed four fruits correctly?

We should ask our friend who is talking SAT this weekend to help us out.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Helping the neighbor

A farmer had 17 sheep.  Last week when he died, he left a will to distribute his wealth to his three sons.  In his will, the farmer stated that his oldest son should get 1/2, his middle son should get 1/3, and his youngest son should get 1/9 of all the sheep. The sons, who did not want to end up with half sheep or fractions of sheep, sat for days trying to figure out how many sheep each of them should get.

The farmer had a 17 year old neighbor who was appearing for the SAT exam on Oct 10th.  The boy went over to his neighbor to see how the three sons were doing after their father’s death. The three sons told him their problem.  Having solved hundreds of logical reasoning problems while preparing for his SAT, and thinking for a while, the boy said: “I’ll be right back!” He went away, and when he came back, the three sons could divide the sheep according to their father’s will, and in such a way that each of them got a whole number of sheep.

Here is the question: How did SAT preparation help the boy solve the problem?

Let's wait till Oct 10th to see how he does on his SAT.  He promised me he'll share his experience with us.

Good Luck SAT takers!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Puzzle Aug 22

Look at the dot in the center, and move your head towards the screen and backwards (wear your reading glasses if required). What do you see, and what is this called?