76. The following 11 letters can be anagrammed into a three-word phrase meaning
"an insincere invitation to meet again soon." Can you figure it out?

LLEOUCDHSTN

77. Rearrange these six matchsticks to make "nothing." No
matchsticks may be bent, broken, or placed over each other.

l l l
l l l

78. Dwight had been playing cards with 3 of his friends. Thinking about the
game afterwards, he recalled these facts:

A. Ambrose and Bertram had better scores than the doctor

B. Ambrose first dealt to Bertram, then to Mr. Hooper, then to the accountant, and then to himself

C. In the last hand, Bertram dealt to the priest, to Mr. Hooper, to Clint, and then to himself

D. Mr. Eastwood went home before Clint did

E. The doctor had a better score than Mr. Grimm

F. Mr. Fuller went home before the priest

With these facts, sprinkled with a little logical deduction, you ought to be able to work out who was who. For example, what were the musician's first
and last names?

The musician is Bertram Fuller. Here is an outline of the solution, giving only the successive conclusions: Dwight is Mr. Hooper, Clint is the accountant, Bertram is the musician, Ambrose is the priest, Dwight Hopper is the doctor, Ambrose is not Mr. Grimm, Mr. Eastwood is Ambrose, Clint is not Mr. Fuller, Clint is Mr. Grimm (the accountant), and Bertram Fuller is the musician.

79. Bill climbs a 2-mile hill at an uphill speed of 2 MPH, spends no to at the
top, and immediately walks down at 6 MPH. What is his average speed for the up and down trip?

3 MPH ( 1 hour up, 20 minutes down = 80 minutes for 4 miles; 20 minutes per mile, 3 MPH.

80. After paying all your holiday bills, you're very short of cash. You
have a total of $9.60 in your pocket. The money is composed of equal numbers of quarters, dimes, and nickels, but no other coins. How many of
each of those three coins do you have?

You have 24 coins of each type.

81. A man went into his local bank to cash a check. In handing over the money,
the girl behind the counter mistakenly gave him dollars for cents and cents for dollars. The man pocketed the money without even bothering to examine
it. On the way home, he spent a nickel. He then found that he possessed exactly twice the amount for which his check had been made out.
If he had no money in his pocket before going to the bank, can you determine the amount of the check?

The check was for $31.63. He received $63.31. After he spent 5¢, he had $63.26, twice the amount of his check.

82. Here's another palindrome. Can you figure out what the vehicle used for
transporting sailors would be called?

_ _ _ Y _ _ _

83. Each of the following words except one can be rearranged to spell the name of
a person or city. Unscramble the words and find the one that cannot be unscrambled.

ANIMAL BUTCHERS
PASTURE PANELS VIKING

MANILA; SCHUBERT; PASTEUR; NAPLES. VIKING cannot be anagrammed.

84. Find the word that fits the first definition, then add a "T" in
front of it to make a new word that fits the second definition.

Place a "T" in front of a musical instrument and get a part of most
rosebushes.

Place a "T" in front of gaining a victory and get one of a pair.

horn----thorn; win----twin.

85. Take the word SPARKLING. Take away any one letter and leave a new
word. Take away any one letter from the new word and leave another new word. Continue to remove letters and form a new word each time until you
finish with just one letter. After each turn, you must not disturb the order of the remaining letters.

Sparkling, sparking, sparing, spring, sprig, prig, pig, pi, I.

86. If 6 puzzle makers can compose nine puzzles in a day and a half, how many
puzzle makers does it take to compose 270 puzzles in thirty days?

Nine puzzle makers. Each puzzler can compose one puzzle per day.

87. What is the number that is 10 more than one-tenth of one-fourth of one-fifth of 1,000?

15. (1000 ÷ 5 = 200 ÷ 4 = 50 ÷ 10 = 5 + 10 = 15).

88. Ahoy, blow, chin, defy, erst, flux, gist, hint, imps, know,, lops,
most. Apart from all having 4 letters, what do these 12 words have in common? Can you supply one five-letter word having the same
property? How about a six-letter word?

All of the letters in each word are in alphabetical order. (Below) is a 5 letter word that has this property and (Almost) is a 6 letter word that has this property. Of course, you may have found others.

89. Two runners are running as fast as they can. They averaged 6 miles per
hour, and then had to rest. On the way back, they only averaged 4 miles per hour for the same distance. Not counting the resting time, what was
their average speed?

The correct answer is 4.8, not 5, miles per hour. The answer is obtained by dividing the distance covered by the time elapsed, and any distance will do. Take a 24 mile distance for example. It would have taken them 4 hours out and 6 hours back. It therefore took them 10 hours to travel 48 miles.

90. Make a dent in your mental energy and complete the word below by filling in
the missing letters.

I _ V _ L _ _ R _ B _ L _ T _

INVULNERABILITY. You may have found another.