# riddles

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How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unsual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for long, it will dawn on you. Who knows? Go to work and try your skill. Par is about half an hour.

No letter E, which is unusual because it is the most commonly used letter in English.

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heres another then.

what does everyone have that belongs to them, but others use it more than you do?

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"what does everyone have that belongs to them, but others use it more than you do?"

Names! At least everyone should have one. If you don't, get one today!

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Yup! and Darn!, Im not very good at this am I

I suppose the fact that its older than God dog, doesnt help much either!

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go sayonara³! You're really making me work now... I've got to go out but when i get back i'll have a brainteaser that will tease all of your brains!

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A man walks into a bar and asks for a glass of water. The bartender pulls out a shotgun and points it at him. The man says, thank you and leaves. Why

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Heres one:

There are 120 members in the Israeli parliament, and 40 committees. A committee can be assembled only when the number of committee members that are now present in the parliament hall, is odd (so that votes would be decisive). Is there a way to assign the parliament members to committees, so that in all times, except for when the hall is completely empty, there would be at least one committee that can be assembled?

Or this:

Let F be a finite field and c, d positive integers. Suppose for each x in Fc+d we have a real number v(x), such that for each c-dimensional affine subspace of Fc+d, the sum of v(x) over all the points in the subspace yields zero. Prove that v(x) equals 0 for all x in Fc+d.

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Heres one:

There are 120 members in the Israeli parliament' date=' and 40 committees. A committee can be assembled only when the number of committee members that are now present in the parliament hall, is odd (so that votes would be decisive). Is there a way to assign the parliament members to committees, so that in all times, except for when the hall is completely empty, there would be at least one committee that can be assembled?

Or this:

Let F be a finite field and c, d positive integers. Suppose for each x in Fc+d we have a real number v(x), such that for each c-dimensional affine subspace of Fc+d, the sum of v(x) over all the points in the subspace yields zero. Prove that v(x) equals 0 for all x in Fc+d.[/quote']

im gonna go with:

1. yes

2. who the hell knows? (or cares)

isnt this more of math problem than a riddle?

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im gonna go with:

1. yes

2. who the hell knows? (or cares)

isnt this more of math problem than a riddle?

1)no

2)yes

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Damn yes you are correct and so soon ill think of a harder one

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There's an old clock tower with an automated bell that chimes according to the time. e.g. at 4 oclock it will chime 4 times.

At 6 o'clock, it chimes 6 times, starting 30 seconds before 6 o'clock, the last chime happens at 6 o'clock. When will the bell start chiming for 12 o'clock?

p.s. When i first read this riddle, I got it almost straight away, but no one I've given it to has got the right answer 'till I've told them. From a psychological view-point it's very interesting as it indicates the thought processes of the person working it out as opposed to other brainteasers that test your intelligence. My theory is that if you spend 5 minutes working it out and don't get it, you never will even if you're the smartest person in the world, that's the hypothesis anyway

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11:59:30 for noon

and it shouldnt chime at all for midnight 00:00:00 hours

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I get either "11.59" or "never", depending on how much trickery is at work here.

But I'm guessing it's not that obvious.

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both wrong. Oh I forgot to add that the chimes are always the same distance apart from eachother, although I'm guessing it's obvious from anyone who's heard a cuckoo-clock or anything like that.

YT2095 where did you get 11:59:30 from?

Sayonara, your answer is what everyone gets, I got it at first and then came to the same conclusion as you did, that it can't be that simple.

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heres another one for you all (probably one of my last posts before I get banned for life LOL!)

A man is in a room made of 1 metre+ thick reinforced concrete, theres no windows or doors, hes got a torch so he can see ok.

in the room with him is a Table and Saw.

How does he get out?

I got 11:59:30 as a wild guess for more clues

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I'm guessing he saws the table to get sawdust then uses a component found in the torch (I'm no expert on explosives so can't say exactly what these components are) to make an explosive to blow up the wall.

I know you'll be wanting a more detailed answer than this but am I on the right track?

Do you really want a clue to the riddle?

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not even close, no explosives anyway, at 1m+ thick hede never get out anyway (except as a gas maybe).

no clue just yet, let some others have a go 1st

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heres another one for you all (probably one of my last posts before I get banned for life LOL!)

A man is in a room made of 1 metre+ thick reinforced concrete' date=' theres no windows or doors, hes got a torch so he can see ok.

in the room with him is a Table and Saw.

How does he get out?

I got 11:59:30 as a wild guess for more clues [/quote']

My guess is he got in there some way so with the torch on he can see his way out. You say there are no doors does that mean there are no doorways too??

Is there a ceiling to the room?? Maybe he makes a ladder.

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Sayonara, your answer is what everyone gets, I got it at first and then came to the same conclusion as you did, that it can't be that simple.

No, I didn't think it would be. I'll give it another go shortly.

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My guess is he got in there some way so with the torch on he can see his way out. You say there are no doors does that mean there are no doorways too??

Is there a ceiling to the room?? Maybe he makes a ladder.

there is a ceiling, its just as thick too, imagine he was dropped in and the ceiling was placed on afterwards and cemeted and welded down. all 6 sides are the some, it needn`t be reinforced concrete, it could be titanium or anything else strong enough
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well i'm absolutely, positively stumped by this one. which makes me very frustrated as i'm a stubborn bastard. How about a clue?

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There's an old clock tower with an automated bell that chimes according to the time. e.g. at 4 oclock it will chime 4 times.

At 6 o'clock' date=' it chimes 6 times, starting 30 seconds before 6 o'clock, the last chime happens at 6 o'clock. When will the bell start chiming for 12 o'clock?

p.s. When i first read this riddle, I got it almost straight away, but no one I've given it to has got the right answer 'till I've told them. From a psychological view-point it's very interesting as it indicates the thought processes of the person working it out as opposed to other brainteasers that test your intelligence. My theory is that if you spend 5 minutes working it out and don't get it, you never will even if you're the smartest person in the world, that's the hypothesis anyway [/quote']

11:59:05

It took me about half an hour to figure out, it helps if you use an old analogue watch/clock to move from 11:05 to 12:00.

The clock made its first starting chime for 6 o'clock at 5:59:35 and not at 5:59:30.

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