886. Start with the number of the original American colonies, multiply by the
(alleged) number of feet on a centipede, and add the number of pence in "sing a song of......" What's the answer?

1306. (13 x 100 = 1300 + 6).

887. The names of two birds are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find
them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

Zagreb, Eve thought, is now less than a perfect vacation spot.

888. Here's a palindrome:

What would most people say to describe a call to 911?

_ _ A _ _ _ _

889. Consider the letters izat. Put three letters in front of "izat"
and the same three letters behind "izat" to form an English word commonly used in science.

_ _ _ i z a t _ _ _

890. Mary is a champion weightlifter. If she weighs 120 pounds plus a third
of her own weight, how much does she weigh?

180 pounds. The equation is x = 120 + x/3.

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

Place a "C" in front of a type of jump and get a cut of meat.

Place a "C" in front of what usually covers a head and get a piece of furniture.

hop---chop; hair---chair.

892. Can you match the group name to the bird or animal?

1. Pride a. Quail

2. Pod b. Monkeys

3. Covey c. Lions

4. Troop d. Whales

893. Susan is now four-fifths of her sister Jane's age. Three years ago, she
was one-half her sister's age. Five years from now, Susan will be nine-tenths of Jane's age. If they are both under the age of ten, how old
are they now?

Susan is 4 and Jane is 5.

894. Make a dent in your mental energy and complete the word below by filling in
the blanks.

_ P _ _ E _ I O _ O _ _

895. A man had a clock with an hour hand and a minute hand of the same length and
indistinguishable. If the clock was set going at noon, what would be the first time that it would be impossible, by reason of the similarity of the hands, to
be sure of the correct time? In grappling with this little problem, you may assume that it is possible to indicate fractions of a second. On this
assumption, an exact answer can be given.

The first time would be 5 and 5/143 minutes past 12, which might also indicate 60/143 minutes past 1. Or, expressed slightly less accurately, 5 minutes past 12 and about half a minute past 1.

896. I love all men are to be forgiven. The foregoing sentence will make sense if
it is properly punctuated. See if you can do so.

I love all. Men are to be forgiven, or I love. All men are to be forgiven.

897. The staff of a bank includes a director, an assistant director, and four
department heads. The director wants to have several locks on the strong room door and several keys, so that:

· He can open the door alone.

· The assistant director can open it only if he is accompanied by any one of the department heads.

· Any three department heads can open it.

How many locks are needed, and how should the keys be distributed?

It is simpler to consider which keys are not given to whom. The director gets the keys to all the locks. Let A, B, C, D, and E be the assistant director and the four department heads. A gets all the keys but one, and B, C, D, and E all get the key A does not get. Now only the remaining keys of B, C, D, and E need be considered. Each group of two department heads should lack one key. There are six such groups, so seven keys are needed.

898. The names of two U.S. cities are hidden in the sentence below. Can you
find them? (the letters are in consecutive order.)

There was a scandal, lasting for months, about Roy and his politics.

899. As far as we can tell, there is only one other word which can be made from
the letters in the word "polyester." Can you figure out what it is?

900. The equation 216 + 378 = 594 uses all the digits from 1 to 9 only once
each. There are several combinations of those numbers (not inversions of top and bottom) that will deliver the same answer. Can you find 3 more?

218 + 376 = 594, 276 + 318 = 594, and 278 + 316 = 594 are some of the combinations.