Brainteaser Answers

Published on: 1 Jan 2019

Brainteaser Answers

21/07/2020 - Can't play it

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?

Answer:

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

13/07/2020 - What next?

Q: What is the next word in this sequence:

UNSAID, RANDOM, SALUTED, DANEWEEDS, DRAUGHTS, AFRAID, ?

Answer:

QUADRATS. The words are anagrams of SUNDAY, MONDAY, ..., FRIDAY, and SATURDAY with the Y changed to another letter.

21/02/2020 - Missing word

Q: What word is missing: AAGKN, ABBIRT, EEEORY, EGGIRT, EGILPT, LOW, OOR

Answer:

HOOP. The set are Christopher Robin's animal friends with their letters in alphabetical order: Kanga, Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Roo. Missing is Pooh, who becomes HOOP. 

12/02/2020 - A question to put you to sleep

Q: Find a whole number which when spelled out has its letters in alphabetical order.

Answer:

Forty.

05/02/2020 - Missing and not missing

Q: Eric, Graham, John, Michael, Terry. Which name is both missing and not missing?

Answer: 

Terry. These are the first names of the Monty Python Team. Terry is missing, bus as there is another Terry, it is also not missing. 

31/01/2020 - Where next?

Q: What follows Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, Athens, ?

Answer:

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

22/01/2020 - Calendar Foods

Q: If we eat Fish on St David's Day, Crab on US Independence Day and Goat on Christmas Day, what do we eat on Halloween?

Answer:

Scorpion. The sign of the zodiac on each day determines what we eat: 

St David's Day is 1st March - Pisces

US Independence Day is 4th July - Cancer

Christmas Day is 25th December - Capricorn

Halloween is 31st October - Scorpio 

10/09/2019 - Word Sequence V

Q: What word could follow: 

(a) FUN, ABLE, OUR, BIER, BRAVE, COIN, RUDE, SEAT, ?

(b) NIL, DEMO, DAY, NAME, SPILL, UP, READ, ?

Answer:

(a) DOT, or any word that remains a word with two I's inserted: FaUNa, bABbLE, OccUR, BIddER, BeReAVE, COffIN, gRUDgE, ShEATh, iDiOT

(b) COO, or any word that remains a word when reversed with two H's inserted: NIL/LIaNa, DEMO/bOMbED, DAY, cYcAD, NAME, dEMANd, SPILL/eLLIPSe, UP/PUff, READ/DAggER, COO/hOOCh

04/09/2019 - Can't play it

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? 

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

28/08/2019 - What's the film?

HAND, LONE, TWO, WHOLE, LADY, LIFE, SUCH, WORKMAN; BAND, DIG, ORB, PULP, EARS, GUNS, MUGS, SNAPS.

Answer: Some Like It Hot: HANDsome, LONEsome, TWOsome, WHOLEsome, LADYlike, LIFElike, SUCHlike, WORKMANlike, BANDit, DIGit, ORBit, PULPit; EARshot, GUNshot, MUGshot, SNAPShot. 

20/08/2019 - Complete the set

Bedazzlement, Highjack, Quantify, Unveiled, Yokewood,?

Answer: Paroxysm: taking alternate letters yields the whole alphabet without repeats. 

BEDAZZLEMENTHIGHJACKQUANTIFYUNVEILEDYOKEWOODPAROXYSM

B.D.Z.L.M.N.H.G.J.C.Q.A.T.F.U.V.I.EY.K.W.O.P.R.X.S

13/08/2019 - Arrange in a different logical order

CROSS, DOT, DROP, MIND, ROLL

Answer: DROP (h's), DOT (i's), MIND (p's and q's), ROLL (r's), CROSS (t's)

07/08/2019 - A round of drinks

What could follow Mojito, Eggnog, Riesling, Lemonade, Ouzo, ?

Answer: Tea, or any drink beginning with T. The initial letters spell MERLOT.

02/08/2019 - Identify and divide into pairs 

(a) Band from Wigan

(b) Word that is the theme of this question

(c) Surname of former Foreign Secretary

(d) 1961 film that marked the final appearance of two Hollywood legends

(e) Novel by Stephen King

(f) Band who debuted in May 1979 supporting Scritti Politti

(g) Best picture Oscar winner of the '70s

(h) European city

(i) ASBO superheroes

(j) REM single

(k) Singer, born in 1951

(l) Band from Wigan

Answer:

(a) Verve paired with (l) The Verve

(b) The paired with (f) The The

(c) Hague paired with (h) The Hague

(i) Misfits paired with (d) The Misfits

(j) 'Stand' paired with (e) The Stand

(k) Sting paired with (g) The Sting

26/07/2019 - What next? 

UNSAID, RANDOM, SALUTED, DANEWEEDS, DRAUGHTS, AFRAID, ?

Answer: QUADRATS. The words are anagrams of SUNDAY, MONDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY with the Y changed to another letter. 

15/07/2019 - The early bird

What can be African, Emperor, Little or Macaroni?

Answer: These are all species of penguin.

01/07/2019 - Don't be hasty

 (a) What is a 100th of a dollar called?

(b) Which county is known as the garden of England?

(c) What is the period of fasting that precedes Easter called?

(d) What has types including Bell, Frame and Oxygen?

What links these answers - and which author created these creatures?

Answer: 

(a) Cent

(b) Kent

(c) Lent

(d) Tent

They all end ENT, and Ents were created by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings. 

17/06/2019 - In common

What do the following have in common?

ADIER AIN ERAL EREAN IRAL OMMANE OMMOO ONEL OR ORAL RIVA 

Answer: They are military ranks minus their relevant abbreviation:

brigADIER captAIN genERAL sERgEANt admIRAL cOMMANdEr cOMMOdOre colONEL majOR corpORAL pRIVAte

10/06/2019 - Identify the following

Identify the following

(a) London football team

(b) Boundary between military powers

(c) Soviet intelligence

(d) Swindon band

(e) Radio band

(f) Boy band

(g) Facility in Aldermaston

(h) Promissory note

(i) What city is left over?

Answer: 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

In the following, what does the ? stand for?

UNITED KINGDOM                                                  3435

AUSTRALIA                                                               794

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA                              3486

NEW ZEALAND                                                             ?

CANADA                                                                      16

Answer: 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?

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?

Answer: 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?

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?

Answer: 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?

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

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

25/03/2019 - Explain the order

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

Answer: 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?

What follows:

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

Answer:  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

What follows:

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

Answer: 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

Which is the odd one out?

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

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

18/02/19 - Replace the Stars

What is missing?

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

Answer: 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 - What completes the list?

SORE

KEEL

COSH MARK

Answer: 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

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

Answer: 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

Which of the following words is the odd one out?

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

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

21/01/19

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

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

14/01/19

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

Answer: Forty

07/01/19

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

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