691. If you drove somewhere averaging 60 m.p.h. and you returned the same distance
averaging 40 m.p.h., what would your average speed be?

48 m.p.h. Let's say the distance was 60 miles (120 miles round trip). Traveling 60 m.p.h. for 60 miles would take 60 minutes. Traveling 40 m.p.h., it would take 90 minutes. The total would be 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours). Averaging a speed of 48 m.p.h. for 2 1/2 hours you would cover 120 miles.

692. A plane was returning from the Olympic Games with five athletes who placed
first through fifth in an event. They made the following statements:

A: "I was not the last."

B: "C was third."

C: "A was behind F."

D: "F was second."

F: "D was not the first."

Can you determine the position of how the athletes finished, use your reasoning power to determine if each one is telling the truth or lying?

The A statement must be true: if he is lying, he is last and he is also first or second, which is contradictory. So A is third or fourth. If D is telling the truth, E is lying and D is first and is lying, which is contradictory. So E is not second, and D is first or second. If E is lying, D is first and E second. But D is lying when he says E is second. Therefore, E is telling the truth, which makes him third, fourth, or fifth. D is not first, but second. Only B or C can be first. If B is not first, since he is also not second he is telling the truth, and C is third, and cannot be first either, which is impossible. Then B is first and C is not third. C, being neither first nor second, is telling the truth that A is behind E. E is third, A is fourth, and C is fifth. The athletes placed in this order: B, D, E, A, C.

693. Which of the following groups of letters is the odd man out? The
difference has nothing to do with vowels or consonants.

TTEN EVCA
SEOUH KNLNEE

KNLNEE. Each group unscrambled spells out a shelter that people live in except KNLNEE.. TENT; CAVE; HOUSE; KENNEL.

694. Each of the following letters has something in common. What should the
next letter be?

B C D G J O P Q R ?

1) T 2) S 3) V 4) W

2) S. All of the letters have curved lines.

695. Another palindrome:

What would you call bumps on a variety of dried grass?

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _

696. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. The four
letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in game but not in play.

My second in lose but not in stay.

My third in like but not in high.

My last in drive but not in sigh

My whole is precious, very dear,

Valued by all----far and near.

697. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is the square of the
second; the third and fourth are the sum of the first and second; and the fifth and sixth are the sum of the preceding four digits.

698. In a recent contest, 45 participants were awarded $300,000 in prize
money. The money was divided into prizes of $4,000 and $8,000. Each of the participants received one prize. How many participants received the
$4,000 prize and how many received the $8,000 amount?

Let's say A = participants receiving $4,000 in prize money and B = participants receiving $8,000 in prize money. A + B = 45. 4,000(A) + 8,000(B) = 300,000 substituting, 4,000 (45-B) + 8,000(B) = 300,000 180,000 - 4,000(B) = 300,000 180,000 - 4,000(B) + 8,000(B) = 300,000 4,000(B) = 120,000 (B) = 30. So, 15 people each received $4,000 and 30 people received $8,000.

699. Determine the well-known fact, phrase, movie, song title, etc. represented in
the following initial letters and numbers:

1. 5 F on a H ( I the T )

2. A C has 9 L

3. 4 H of the A

4. 3 B M ( S H T R )

1. 5 Fingers on a Hand ( Including the Thumb ) 2. A Cat has 9 Lives 3. 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse 4. 3 Blind Mice ( See How They Run ).

700. How many different ways can seven people arrange themselves in a row of seven
seats?

5,040 ways. 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. The first person can choose any of 7 seats, the second person any of 6 seats, the third any of five seats, etc.

701. Here's another "trickle-down" puzzle. Remember to change one
letter at a time.

SORT

_____

_____

_____

PACK

SORT PORT PART PACT PACK.

702. Below is a message written in code. See if you can untangle this
mystery and decipher the message. HINT: QWERTYUIOP

O KIDY DP;BRF
YJOD [IXX;R

The puzzle reads: "I JUST SOLVED THIS PUZZLE." Looking at a typewriter of computer keyboard, find the letter in the puzzle then move 1 key to the left and use that letter in the code to get the answer.

703. Take an "r" from a word for someone who finds fault and find a word
that means "prank."

Take an "r" from a word meaning "fall hard or break" and find a word for money.

Take an "r" from a word for an obnoxious child and find a word for a piece of sports equipment.

Carper, Caper; Crash, Cash; Brat, Bat.

704. You may know that Thailand was known as Siam. Do you know the former
names for the countries below?

1. Myanmar

2. Sri Lanka

3. Bangladesh

4. Zimbabwe

1. Myanmar was Burma 2. Sri Lanka was Ceylon 3. Bangladesh was East Pakistan 4. Zimbabwe was Rhodesia.

705. Work out the simple substitution cryptogram below to solve a problem.

18-21 2-12-6
4-26-13-7 7-12
16-13-12-4 4-19-26-7
7-12 23-12
4-18-7-19 15-18-7-7-15-22
20-9-22-22-13
14-12-13-8-7-22-9-8, 17-6-8-7
4-26-18-7 6-13-7-18-15
7-19-22-2 9-18-11-22-13.

If you want to know what to do with little green monsters, just wait until they ripen. (Code: 26=A, 25=B, 24=C, etc).