Brainteaser answers

Brainteaser answers

Brainteaser

10/06/2019

Identify the following

The answers to a-h are eight trigraphs, using 24 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, with N and Y left over. 

(a) QPR

(b) DMZ

(c) KGB

(d) XTC

(e) VHF

(f) JLS

(g) AWE

(h) IOU

(i) NY = New York

03/06/2019

Please Stand

Q: 

In the following, what does the ? stand for?

 

UNITED KINGDOM                                                  3435

AUSTRALIA                                                               794

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA                              3486

NEW ZEALAND                                                             ?

CANADA                                                                      16

A: 3637 or 3435. These are the number of letters in the words in the title of New Zealand's national anthems, 'God Defend New Zealand' and 'God Save The Queen'. The others are Australia: 'Advance Australia Fair'; USA: 'The Star-Spangled Banner'; Canada: 'O Canada'; UK: 'God Save the Queen',

27/05/2019

Are you good at Scrabble?

Q:  What is the shortest word that can legally be played in a game of (British) Scrabble, but which can never appear on a Scrabble board?

A: PIZZAZZ. There is only one Z and only 2 Blanks, so a word with 4 Zs is impossible to play. 

20/05/2019

Which animal?

Q: A town in southern England has something in common with two cities in Italy, one in Greece, one in Lebanon and an animal.  Which animal?

A: SHREW, All references are t the title of Shakespeare play:  The Merry Wives of WINDSOR (a town in southern England); The Merchant of VENICE and Two Gentlemen of VERONA (two cities in Italy); Timon of ATHENS (a city in Greece); Pericles, Prince of TYRE (a city in Lebanon) and the Taming of the SHREW

01/04/2019

What number comes next?

Q: 9, 14, 11, 8, 16, 7, 19, 3, 17, 2, 15, ?

A:  10, these are numbers in order around a dartboard

25/03/2019

Explain the order

Q: 2018, 2024, 2027, 2026, 2016, 2021, 2019, 2023, 2020, 2017, 2025, 2022

A: Dog/2018, Dragon/2024, Goat/2027, Horse/2026, Monkey/2016, Ox/2021, Pig/2019, Rabbit/2023, Rat/2020, Rooster/2017, Snake/2025, Tiger/2022

18/03/2019

Fill in the gap

                         Harrison          Johnson       Jackson     Washington

Singers             George             Holly             Janet            Geno

US Presidents  Benjamin          Andrew         Andrew         George

Actors                Rex                  Don              Gordon         DENZEL

 

11/03/2019

Where next?

Q: What follows:

Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, Athens ?

A:  The answer is Budapest.  The European countries of which these are the capitals begin with A, B, C, ... Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary

04/03/2019

Underground

Q: What follows:

MORDEN, MILE END, MOORGATE, MONUMENT, MAIDA VALE, MANOR HOUSE, MOOR PARK, MANSION HOUSE, MARYLEBONE, MILL HILL EAST, MARBLE ARCH, ?

A: The answer is Mornington Crescent.  The list is of London Underground stations beginning with M in order of Scrabble score then alphabetically.  Morden/9, Mile End/10, Moorgate/11, Monument/12, Maida Vale/15, Manor House/15, Moor Park/16, Mansion House/17, Marylebone/17, Mill Hill East/17, Marble Arch/19, Mornington Crescent/25.

25/02/2019

Odd one out

Q: Which is the odd one out?

February 2nd, April 4th, June 6th, August 8th, October 10th or December 12th?

A: February 2nd, February 2nd is a Saturday where all the other dates are a Thursday.

18/02/19

Replace the Stars

Q: What is missing?

Picture Menance, Khan Clones, * * , Home Hope, Frontier Back

A: Spock Sith.  The sequence is formed from the last words in the titles of Star Trek/Star Wars films, in order.  The Third films in each series are The Search for Spock and Revenge of the Sith.

11/02/19

Q:  What completes the list?

SORE

KEEL

COSH MARK

A: The words are anagrams of ROSE, LEEK, SHAMROCK and THISTLE, which are the symbols of the parts of the UK.  THE LIST is an anagram of THISTLE.

04/02/19

Q: What's the final member of this sequence?  Central, Circle, District, Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City and ????

A: The answer is NORTHERN.  The colours of the tube lines are red, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black and these are the order of the colours in snooker.

28/01/19

Q: Which of the following words is the odd one out?

CHAT, COMMENT, DIRE, ELF, FORT, MANGER, PAIN, POUR

A: The answer is ELF.  This is German, the rest are French

21/01/19

Q: What links: D, X, 4th, Y?

A: They are British rivers: Dee, Exe, Forth, Wye

14/01/19

Q: What is the only number in English that, when spelled out, has all its letters in alphabetical order?

A: Forty

07/01/19

Q: Gary has friends in countries all around the world including Argentina, Denmark, Russia, Sudan and the United States.  Which country is Gary in?

A:  Gary is in hunGARY.  His friends are in argenTINA, denMARK, RUSSia, suDAN and the uniTED states.

 

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