Puzzle Answers


2020 VISION

1. YOYO  2. TOTO  3. BONBON  4. MURMUR   5. TSETSE   6. CANCAN

  7. POMPOM   8. MUUMUU   9. COUSCOUS   10. TARTAR


WE'LL NEED TO REGROUP: 88


LETTER CHANGE

1.VERSE      2. METER    3. ESSAY    4. TAROT    5. DIARY    6. NOVEL


LETTER SCRAMBLE

1. INITIAL    2. IMMORAL    3. INKWELL    4. INFIELD    5. ILLEGAL


NAME THE CATEGORY

1. POPCORN   2. MAYONNAISE    3. CAULIFLOWER    4. SWAN    5. SNOW

      CATEGORY: THINGS THAT ARE WHITE 


JOB HUNTING

Fletcher is the teacher; Grace is the butcher; Heath is the lawyer. The butcher doesn't drive, so is not Fletcher. The butcher has no children, so is not Heath; therefore, Grace is the butcher. Fletcher is not the lawyer, so he is the teacher, and Heath is the lawyer.


THE BOTTLE AND THE CORK

The cork costs 2 1/2 cents. The bottle costs $1.00 MORE than the cork, so it must also include the cost of the cork. Therefore, the remaining 5 cents has to be divided between the cost of the bottle and the cork.




Keep the Ol' Brain a'Workin'


Try out these puzzles from the 2020 Brain Puzzlers from MENSA. Answers at the bottom of the page.


2020 VISION

We have a "repeating" year- 2020. This puzzle is about words that repeat themselves, like "lulu" and "beriberi." Identify the words from the clues.


1. Toy on a string

2. Dorothy's dog

3. Chocolate candy

4. Hushed crowd sound

5. African fly

6. High kicking dance

7. Cheerleader's prop

8. Hawaiian dress

9. Steamed semolina dish

10. Seafood sauce


WE'LL NEED TO REGROUP

Consider the set of consecutive numbers from 1 to 175. Suppose "A" is the sum of all the odd numbers in that set, and "B" is the sum of all the even numbers in that set. What is the value of A minus B?



LETTER CHANGE

Change one letter in each word below to uncover a 5-letter word embedded in the longer word that names something you can read. For example, change the E in HOMESICK to U to get MUSIC.


1. OVERHEAD

2. FLAMETHROWER

3. INCESSANT

4. THROTTLE

5. PUNDITRY

​6. MONOVALENT


LETTER SCRAMBLE

Spell five 7-letter words made with the help of these scrambles. All seven words begin with I and end with L. The remaining five letters in the center of the word are given below, scrambled. What are the five words?


1. I T I N A

2. R O M A M

3. K L E W N

4. F I E N D

​5. G A L L E


NAME THE CATEGORY

The first word is spelled out for you. Next, unscramble words 2-5, and then identify a single category into which they all fit.

1. POPCORN

2. ESIANNOYAM

3. REWOLFIUAC

4. NAWS

5. WONS 


JOB HUNTING

Fletcher, Grace, and Heath are, in some order, a butcher, a lawyer, and a teacher. Can you figure out which job each holds from these clues?


1. The butcher doesn't know how to drive and has no children.

2. Fletcher, who drove Heath's son and daughter to a swimming class in his car, works fewer days of the week that the lawyer.


THE BOTTLE AND THE CORK (not from Mensa, but seems to have stumped most of my students)


A bottle and cork, together, cost $1.05. The bottle costs $1.00 more than the cork. How much does the cork cost?


Type your paragraph here.

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Map Directions


You have probably been dreaming about the places you want to go, once you have the freedom to move about as you wish. This map does not depend on good cartography (or even good art), so no worries there. 


Include these elements:

1. Pick your destination(s). This can be somewhere you intend to go or where you have fond memories you want to cherish.


2. Make a list of go-to sites. What is at your destination that calls your name? You might do this thematically, such as museums, historical landmarks, or eateries.


3. Plot your sites so that they are (more or less) oriented to one another.


4. Title your map.


5. Sketch icons for each place that reflect the place, like a skyscaper, or a pizza slice, or a flower.


6. Include other map elements, if you wish, such as a compass, labels, or a legend.


7. Fill in with fun details and illustrations, including a few roads for orientation.



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​Keep the Ol' Brain a'Workin'


Make Your Own Illustrated Map (no art skills required)



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MAKE YOUR OWN ILLUSTRATED MAP

[Image from New York Times]