138. A certain family picnic consisted of 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, 2 fathers, 2 mothers, 4 children, 2 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 father-in-law, 1 mother-in-law, and 1 daughter-in-law. A total of 23 people, you might think. But, no; there were only 7 people present. Can you show how this might be?
139. In each of the sentences below, eliminate only one letter in the word that
fits the first definition to realize the second.
Change a vessel into a part of the body.
Change a personal manservant into a geographical feature.
143. The Just Riddles and More toy store may go out of business soon because of the owner's idea of pricing. He charges $6 for a doll, $7.50 for a train, $4.50 for a top, and $12 for a paint set. By the same rules, what does he charge for a bicycle?
144. Two ferries start at the same time from opposite sides of a river, traveling across the water on routes at right angles to the shores. Each boat travels at a constant speed, though their two speeds are different. They pass at a point 720 yards from the nearer shore. Both boats remain at their slips for 10 minutes before starting back. On the return trips, they meet 400 yards form the other shore. How wide is the river?
146. Homonyms are words that sound alike, though they are spelled differently. ( Example: to, two, too ) One pair of homonyms has meanings that are precisely opposite. What are the spellings of these two homonyms?
147. While visiting a Junior High School, I asked two students to give me their ages. The did so, and then, to test their arithmetical powers, I asked each of them to add the two ages together. One game me 44 as the answer, and the other gave me 1280. I immediately saw that one of them had subtracted one age from the other, while the other student had multiplied the two ages together. Can you tell what the students ages were?