1231. Rachel is now four years older than her brother Ryan. Four years ago,
Ryan was three-fifths his sister's age. In two years, Ryan will be three-fourths Rachel's age. How old are they now?

Rachel is 14; Ryan is 10.

1232. Can you think of a five-letter word that has five anagrams?

Here is one. Tales = slate, stale, steal, least and teals.

1233. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same nine letters,
can be used to complete the sentence below?

The buyer for the expensive couturier _________ with the fabric mill for the beautiful _________ he wanted for the fall collection.

1234. The following multiplication example uses all the digits from 0 to 9, and Xs
have been used to represent numbers, not the multiplication sign.

7 X X

__ X X__

X X X X X

1235. Take a word that means "keep," change one letter and find a word
that means "hold" or "arrest."

Take a word that means "avoided a hit," change one letter and find
the past tense of a verb that means "make a sibilant sound."

retain, detain; missed, hissed.

1236. Jack likes to play; golf, and his favorite partner is his father-in-law's
only daughter's only brother. Who is he?

Jack's brother-in-law who is Jack's wife's brother.

1237. Which of the words below best completes the series?

Abacus
Return
Desktop
Topper __________

1. Slide 2. Basket 3.
Bicycle 4. Working

1. Slide (each word in the series has at least one pair of letters in alphabetical order).

1238. If each of the letters below is represented by a number between 1 and 9
inclusive, and no letter shares the same value as a different letter, can you determine the values of the letters A and E in this subtraction problem?

A B C D E

- __E G H I A__

Q B Z A

A = 9 and E = 8. We know from the left-hand column that A must be greater than E by one unit since nothing is left over (zero) after E is subtracted from A (one unit was borrowed from A to be used in the next column.) We know from the right-hand column that E must be an even number since A + A = E. Here are the possibilities: E: 2, 4, 6, 8 A: 6, 7, 8, 9 Only E = 8 and A = 9 meet the requirement that A is one unit greater than E.

1239. Each of the following definitions can be answered by two words that rhyme.

Shalit's TV's

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

A time piece on the store shelf

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Gene's screens, stock clock.

1240. There are 2 numbers that total 225 and have a ratio of 2 to 13. What
are the numbers?

30 and 195. Think of it like this: If there is a ratio of 2 to 13, then there are 15 total parts (2 + 13). One fifteenth of 225 is 15 or one part. Two parts are 2 x 15 or 30, leaving 13 parts x 15 or 195. 30/195 = 2/13.

1241. The following 17 letters can be anagrammed into a three-word phrase that a
new store might place in its windows.

A A C D E E G I I L N N O P P S Y

1242. The names of 4 animals are hidden in the sentences below. Can you find
them? (the letters are in consecutive order.)

We all amble through the airport and deliver cargo at the gate. We made errors.

1243. Your friend has a collection of diamonds. The number of diamonds plus
8,999 rubies is one less than 10 times the number of diamonds. (If you wish, denote the number of diamonds by D and the number of rubies by R.)
How many diamonds does your friend have?

1,000. The formula is D + 8,999 = 10 - 1.

1244. Decode the secret message from Martians:

BATAL WAHAK NAEAJ MAPAT NAEAW TAOAP APAM
ALAN AEAM AOAI AFAK AEAC AAAV ARAW
ATAX AHAG AAAT ARAP AEAR ANAI AIAS
ACAH AEAL ATAP AOAS AUAS ASAR.

The people of Earth are nice to us. Select the letter after the first A in each Martian word to reach the solution.

1245. Insert one ÷ to make the result of this sequence of numbers be 1 ÷ 12.

135916308 = 1 ÷ 12

Here is a solution: 1359 ÷ 16308 = 1 ÷ 12.