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1. Sally and her younger brother were fighting. Their mother was tired of the fighting, and decided to punish them by making them stand on the same piece of newspaper in such a way that they couldn't touch each other. How did she accomplish this?





2. A poet visited a prisoner he had not seen for so many years. On his way out, the guard asked him what his relation to the prisoner he just visited. The man, being a poet, responded in this manner:       "Brothers nor sisters I do not have;     but the father of that man [pointing     his finger to the prisoner] is the     son of my father.





3. When it is open it is closed and when it is closed it is open. What is it?





4. I am the only set of twins in a family of 13 quadruplets, what am I?




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5. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?





6. What 10 letter word can be typed by using only the first row of letters on your keyboard?





7. A man holds up a glass flask containing a green liquid in it and says "This liquid will disintegrate anything it touches. Why is this a lie?





8. Two convicts are locked in a cell. There is an unbarred window high up in the cell. No matter if they stand on the bed or one on top of the other they can't reach the window to escape. They then decide to tunnel out. However, they give up with the tunneling because it will take too long. Finally one of the convicts figures out how to escape from the cell. What is his plan?





9. A man left home one morning. He turned right and ran straight ahead. Then he turned left. After awhile, he turned left again, running faster than ever. Then he turned left once more and decided to go home. In the distance he could see two masked men waiting for him. Who were they?





10. What do all of these words have in common? Yes, they are all in the dictionary, but what else do they have in common?

gem        

nave

yak      

ailed

map      

asset

lien      

nomad





11. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one.
Michael J. Fox has a little one.
Madonna doesn't have one.
The Pope has one but doesn't use it.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince won't admit that he has one.
Clinton uses his all the time. What is it?





12. What is the only food that you take off the outside, cook the inside, eat the outside, throw away the inside?




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13. A man is walking to the store. Along the way, he counts 8 houses on his left side. He goes and buys a loaf of bread. On the way home (the same way he came) on the right side, he also counts 8 houses, How many houses were there?





14. A woman from New York married ten different men from that city, yet she did not break any laws. None of these men died, and she never divorced. How was this possible?





15. Len always has it before. Paul has it behind. Bryan has never had it at all. Girls can have it only once. Boys don't need it. Mrs. Mulligan, the widow, has it twice in succession. Dr. Lowell of Harvard has it twice as bad at the end as at the beginning. Do you know what it is?





16. What is the only word in the English language that if you capitalize the word it changes the pronunciation and meaning of the word?





17. A truck driver was delivering a package to a company that had to arrive in the building in thirty minutes. He came to a tunnel an inch too low for his truck to pass. There was no other possible way to arrive at the building in time unless he passed the tunnel. How would he get to his destination?





18. What does this say? yy ur yy ub ic ur yy 4me!





19. Take one out and scratch my head. I am now black but once was red. What am I?





20. A girl was having a dream where she was being chased by a lion. She ran around frantically until she found a tree that she could climb. She climbed as high as she could, out of reach of the lion, when she saw a snake above her. She couldn't go up and she couldn't go down. How did she escape?




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21. Which letter comes next in this series? YYHLYEYTRRR_?





22. How many grooves are there on each side of a standard 33 1/3 record album that has six songs on each side?





23. There are three houses in a straight row. One is red, one is blue, and one is white. The red house is left of the middle. The blue house is right of the middle. Where's the white house?





24. A Train enters a tunnel at 7 o'clock, another train enters the exact same tunnel, also at 7 o'clock on the same day. The tunnel only has one track, and no other means for the trains to pass, around, over, or under. However both trains made it to the other end of the tunnel untouched. How could this be?





25. Unscramble the following letters to form a word: E N I T R A E S R A B