541. The following 10 letters can be anagrammed into a three-word slang phrase for
"in real trouble."

KEEEPURCHT

542. A mountaineer starts rapidly climbing up a mountain trail at 6 A.M. He makes
frequent and irregular stops to rest or eat. He reaches the summit at 6 P.M. At 6 A.M. the next day, he starts his way back following the same route, stopping
only once to eat. He reaches the starting point at 6 P.M. Is there a point on the way where he passes at exactly the same time on both days?

There is such a spot. Let's imagine that on the same day that one person was climbing down, the other one was climbing up. They must have met at a certain point of the trip. This is the spot we are looking for.

543. Samantha and Suzy were squabbling over a small cake. Their mother solved the question of
which one should cut it, as well as the problem of how to make sure the pieces were even, in a very simple manner. No one could complain. What was her
solution?

One sister was allowed to cut the cake in two, and the other got first choice of the two pieces.

544. A man has recently escaped from prison and is making his way home on foot. He is walking along a straight rural
country lane in bright daylight. He has walked about 2 kilometers from the prison when he sees a police car coming toward him. Despite knowing that all
squads would be out looking for him, he runs towards the car for a short while and turns into the forest to hide only when he is about 10 meters away from the
car. Why does he run towards the police car initially?

The man is on a bridge when he spots the police car. He is more than halfway across, so the quickest way off the bridge is to run forward.

545. All of my flowers except two are roses. All of my flowers except two are
tulips. All of my flowers except two are daisies. How many flowers do I have? There is more than 1 solution!

Solution 1 = Three: one rose, one tulip, and one daisy. Solution 2 = Two, neither of which are roses, tulips, or daisies.

546. Which is correct:

A: The Second Millennium began Jan. 1, 2000.

B: The Second Millennium began Jan. 1, 2001.

Neither is correct. The second millennium began January 1, 1001.

547. When Bonnie is six years older than she is now, Bruce will be two-thirds as
old as she is. When she is three times as old as she is now, Bruce will be 14. If neither one is yet a teenager, how old are they now?

Bonnie is 6 and Bruce is 2.

548. Start with the number of "partridges in a pear tree," add the black
sheep's bags of wool and multiply by how often something happens in a blue moon. What is your answer?

4. ( one partridge + 3 bags of wool = 4 x 1 in a blue moon ).

549. The names of two European cities are hidden below. Can you find
them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

Gene has a nice cap. Is another available?

550. A palindrome for you....

What did the dishonest person do when it was necessary to obtain money?

_ _ _ _ _ W _ _ _ _ B

551. A spider spins its web in a window frame. Each day, it spins an area equal to
that of the amount already completed. It takes 30 days to cover the entire window frame. How long would two spiders take? (In the case of two spiders, each
of them spins an amount equal to the area of the existing part of the web made by that particular spider.)

29 days. One spider would have covered half of the space on the 29th day, and on the 30th day would repeat what had been done, covering the space completely. Two spiders would each have covered half of the space in 29 days, therefore covering the entire area.

552. What's the missing letter:

J ? M A M J J A

F for February. The letters are the initials of the first eight months of the year.

553. Which of the following numbers does not fit in with the order of the others?

2 3 6 7 8 14 15 30

8. (plus 1 x 2, plus 1 x 2, etc.

554. Three ladies go for an interview and
the interviewer decides to test them on their reasoning abilities. They are blindfolded and are told by the interviewer that each one of them will have
either a red or a blue cross painted on her forehead. When the blindfolds are removed, each lady is then supposed to raise her hand if she sees a red cross
(on either of the other 2 ladies) and to drop her hand when she figures out the color of her own cross. But the interviewer blindfolds the 3 ladies and draws
a red cross on each of their foreheads. The blindfolds are then removed. After looking at one another, the 3 ladies raise their hands simultaneously. After a short while, one of the ladies
lowers her hands and says, "My cross is red." How did she know?

Let's call the 3 ladies A, B and C. Assume A is the intelligent lady who figured out the color of the cross on her head. Let's consider A's initial reaction. She looks at B and C and notices that both have a red cross. So she puts up her hand as she has been instructed to do so. Both B and C also saw red crosses, so they put up their hands too.
"A" then has a flash of insight: If I have a blue cross on my forehead, then B will know that she has a red cross because otherwise C, seeing 2 blue crosses - mine and B's, would not have put up her hand. But this does not occur. So, as both B and C cannot determine their color, I have a red cross too.

555. A man walks into a bar and asks the
barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the
man. The man says "Thank you" and walks out. Why?

The man had hiccups and thus he asked the barman for a glass of water to stop his hiccups. The barman recognized this from his speech and drew the gun in order to give him a shock (another effective way to stop hiccups). It worked and cured the hiccups, so the man no longer needs the water.