871. Alice likes cents but not dollars. She likes dimes but not
nickels. She likes francs but not rupees. Following the same rule, will she like pounds or shillings?

pounds. She only likes one-syllable names for money.

872. What comes next in the following sequence?

2222222222222 33333333333 5555555 77777 11 11 11 ? ?

13 13. This is a double sequence of prime numbers. There are: 13 2s, 11 3s, 7 5s, 5 7s, 3 11s and then 2 13s.

873. Make your way from BLOW to WIND in only seven steps, changing
one letter at a time and making a good English word at each step.

BLOW

_____

_____

_____

_____

_____

_____

WIND

BLOW, BLOT, BOOT, BOLT, BOLD, BOND, BIND, WIND (there may be other solutions).

874. If a bouquet of six tulips and eight daisies costs $10, but a
bouquet of eight tulips and six daisies costs $11, how much does each flower cost?

Each tulip cost $1; each daisy costs 50˘.

875. Two brothers went to a stamp-collecting exhibit where they
wanted to buy some old stamps to add to their collections. On one table Marcus found sets of 12 stamps selling for eight dollars;
the stamps could also be purchased individually. Julius went to another table that offered 32 stamps for 20 dollars. They too
could be purchased individually. On the way home from the exhibit, Marcus remarked that he had spent only two dollars more
for his stamps at one than had Julius, who had purchased his stamps at table two. Both boys had purchased the same number of
stamps. How many did each have?

48. On table one, each stamp could be purchased for 66 2/3 cents or 2/3 of one dollar. On table two, each stamp could be purchased for 62 1/2 cents or 5/8 of one dollar. The difference between 2/3 and 5/8 of one dollar is 1/24. 2/3 - 5/8 = 16/24 - 15/24 = 1/24. One-twenty-fourth of one dollar is 4 1/6 cents. Since Marcus purchased two dollars worth of stamps more than Julius, and he paid 4 1/6 cents more for each stamp, divide: 200/4 1/6 = 200/25/6 = 200 x 6/25 = 48 stamps.

876. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same
seven letters, can be used to complete the sentences below?

The loud ________ of the six women at the lunch table grew even louder. The diners at the next table had to ________ their
own noise level up a notch in order to converse.

877. When the day after tomorrow is yesterday, today will be as far from Wednesday
as today was from Wednesday when the day before yesterday was tomorrow. What is the day after this day?

878. Two convicts are locked in a jail cell. There is a unbarred window high
up in the cell. No matter how they try to reach the window to escape (standing on top of one another, on the bed, etc.) they fail. They have a
few make shift tools and decide to tunnel out. However, they give up on the tunneling idea because it will take much too long. One of the convicts
figures out how to escape from the cell in a much shorter time than the tunneling method. Can you guess his plan?

His plan is to continue tunneling to get dirt, but then use the dirt, and the bed until they are high enough to climb out the window.

879. If 30 baseballs are needed for 9 pitchers over 2 days of practice, what is
the number of baseballs needed for 11 pitchers over 3 days of practice?

55. Here is a proportion that solves the problem: Let x = the unknown number of baseballs 30/9x2 = x/11x3 5/3 = x/33 3x = 165 x = 55.

880. Matt gave John as many dollars as John started out with. John then gave
Matt back as much as Matt had left. Matt then gave John back as many dollars as John had left, which left Matt broke and gave John a total of
$80.00. How much did Matt and John have at the beginning of their exchange?

Matt had $50.00 and John had $30.00.

881. When three quite ordinary words are "telescoped" together, like
those given here, it is not always easy to recognize them, even though their letters are in the correct order. For example, given NONCABLEROPE, would you be
able to spot that it was made up from ABLE, CROP and NONE? Now try the eight given here, bearing in mind that each is made up from three four-letter words.

AUTUMNSKILTS

SPRINGELATES

SUMMERCARPET

WINTERSTINTS

BEARORPUZZLE

TRANSPENDING

JOSEPHINEINE

OMARVLAMBERT

Aunt, tusk, mils; gels, rate, spin; cart, mere, sump; inns, test, writ; buzz, earl, rope; rend, spin, tang; epee, join, shin; lamb, mart, over.

882. The numbers on a die are not placed at random. On every pair of opposite
faces the sum of the numbers is 7: 6 is opposed to 1, 5 to 2, and 3 to 4.

There are several other ways of placing six numbers on a die. How many ways are there altogether?

We can place the number 1 anywhere. Then there are five ways of choosing the number which will be opposite the 1. Imagine that the 1 and its opposite are on the top and bottom of the die. We still have to place the four remaining numbers on the four remaining faces around the die. Let X be one of these numbers. There are three ways of choosing its opposite number. Then there are two ways of placing the last two numbers. The total number of ways is: 5 x 3 x 2 = 30. None of these 30 dice can be turned into one of the others by rotating it in any direction.

883. Tom says his grandfather is only six years older than his father. Is that
possible?

Yes. Strange as it may seem, Toms father is forty and his grandfather, on his mothers side, is forty-six.
The grandfather was twenty when Toms mother was born and she was sixteen when Tom was born. Tom is now ten years old. 20 + 16 + 10 = 46.

884. THE VIOLIN LESSON

During Santiago's violin lesson, Professor Arion suddenly said, "You really should play piano."

Santiago kept on playing the violin.

Finally, Professor Arion clapped his hands and said, "Good!"

What change had Santiago made in his violin playing?

Santiago played softly. The musical term piano means low in volume. The original word for the large musical instrument with black-and-white keys was pianoforte because it could be played softly or loudly.

885. One for the children or the little child inside you: Would you rather a tiger chased you or a zebra?

I would not want a tiger to chase me or a zebra to chase me. Given the choice, I would rather a tiger chased a zebra, not me.