Puzzles & Brainteasers

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Sawdust is made of wood and can't be sawed. It is too small to cut and is the remains and the dust of already-cut wood.

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  • What is the "when is a door not a door" riddle?

    Q: What is the "when is a door not a door" riddle?

    A: When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar. This riddle plays upon the similarity in pronunciation between the word "ajar," meaning partly open, and the phrase "a jar," meaning a broad-mouthed container.
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  • How can I unscramble a word?

    Q: How can I unscramble a word?

    A: Websites such as Unscramble Words, Word Finder and Word Unscramble assist in making as many words as possible with the assorted letters. Input letters and the website unscrambles them.
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  • What are the rules for American mah jongg?

    Q: What are the rules for American mah jongg?

    A: According to the North American Mahjong Federation, an American mah jongg game includes a preliminary round called the Charleston, during which players exchange three tiles. Players also roll a pair of dice to determine the order of play. The goal of the game is to form a mah jongg: 14 tiles organized into two to four sets and one matching pair. A set can contain three to six identical tiles.
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  • How many dominoes are in a standard set?

    Q: How many dominoes are in a standard set?

    A: There are a total of 28 dominoes in a standard set where the maximum number is six on each side, called a double-six set. Each domino is called a tile and the dots found on each of the tiles are called pips. For the standard 28-domino set, there are a total of 168 pips or dots.
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  • How do you play the rock, paper and scissors game?

    Q: How do you play the rock, paper and scissors game?

    A: Rock, Paper, Scissors is a two-player game you can play anywhere. The object of the game is to outwit your opponent by selecting an object (rock, paper or scissors) that trumps the other player's selection in a pre-defined hierarchy. The game can be played just for fun in standalone rounds or in a "best of" series to determine the winner. It can be a useful tool for solving disagreements or deciding who will go first for another game.
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  • Where can I find easy printable crossword puzzles?

    Q: Where can I find easy printable crossword puzzles?

    A: Easy printable crossword puzzles can be found on a variety of websites. There are varying levels of difficulty depending on whether the crosswords are made for adults or children.
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  • What are some games to play outside at night?

    Q: What are some games to play outside at night?

    A: Daytime games can be adapted for after-dark hours by using flashlights or glow-in-the-dark toys. For example, classic games of tag or hide-and-seek can be turned into a spooky activity by playing in the backyard at night. Looking at constellations, exploring the neighborhood or having a water gun fight are also good ideas for nighttime games.
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  • How do you make your own sudoku?

    Q: How do you make your own sudoku?

    A: To create a custom Sudoku puzzle, first create a Sudoku solution. Then remove some of the answers in a symmetrical fashion. Finally, check to make sure there is a single solution to the puzzle.
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  • What is a eight-letter word that means wealthy?

    Q: What is a eight-letter word that means wealthy?

    A: "Affluent" is an eight-letter word that has the same meaning as "wealthy." "Well-to-do" is an eight-letter hyphenated word that also means "wealthy." "Wealthy" is a term that refers to a person having a lot of money.
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  • What has been around for a million years but is only a month old?

    Q: What has been around for a million years but is only a month old?

    A: The answer to the riddle, "What has been around for a million years but is only a month old?" is "the moon." This is just one of many astronomy riddles.
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  • Where can you find printable celebrity crossword puzzles?

    Q: Where can you find printable celebrity crossword puzzles?

    A: For easy access to printable online celebrity crossword puzzles, Forbes offers the “Celebrity 100 Crossword Puzzle” at no charge. Likewise, Word-Game-World.com provides printable, free celebrity crosswords. The original version of "The Daily Celebrity Crossword" is available through a free app from the Google Play Store.
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  • Where did the word "whippersnapper" originate?

    Q: Where did the word "whippersnapper" originate?

    A: The word whippersnapper originated from the term, "snipper snappers," in the 17th century. The meaning of "whippersnapper" originally referred to a young male who had no ambition or "get up and go."
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  • How many words can you find in "Happy Thanksgiving"?

    Q: How many words can you find in "Happy Thanksgiving"?

    A: A total of 1,191 individual subwords can be made by unscrambling all 18 letters in the phrase "Happy Thanksgiving," according to Word Axis. Words listed alphabetically by increasing length run from "aa" all the way to "painstaking" and "shanghaiing." Wordsmith.org lists 2,948 phrases made from the letters in the phrase "Happy Thanksgiving."
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  • How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?

    Q: How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?

    A: While a vague answer to this question is given in the second verse of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme ("as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood"), a more precise answer — according to a 1995 study — is that woodchucks can chuck 361.9237001 cubic centimeters of wood per day. According to the Scientopia blog, a study focused on answering this question was published in the magazine "The Annals of Improbable Research" in 1995. Groundhogs, which, according to National Geographic, are also known as woodchucks, were used as the subjects of this study.
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  • What Is the Jenga record?

    Q: What Is the Jenga record?

    A: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for building the fastest stable Jenga tower is two minutes and 51.04 seconds. The record was set on June 7, 2014 by Tyler and Ryan Measel in Pilsgrove, N.J.
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  • What goes up but doesn't come down?

    Q: What goes up but doesn't come down?

    A: Age always goes up and never comes down. Aging is irreversible. This question is meant to be a riddle and does not require application of the principles of physics. A person can only grow old and never younger.
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  • How do you make a paper clip float on water?

    Q: How do you make a paper clip float on water?

    A: Make a paper clip float in water by leaving the water's surface tension undisturbed. Although a paper clip has higher density than water, it can lay on top of the water molecules if it is placed on the surface in a way that disrupts the physical bonds that attracts the water molecules to one another, forming a sort of skin on the water. In addition to the paper clip and water, you need some thin, porous paper, such as tissue paper, toilet paper or a paper towel scrap.
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  • What are some stupid riddles?

    Q: What are some stupid riddles?

    A: Riddles are statements or questions that rely on double-meanings and word-play as a means to conceal an answer. Stupid riddles typically rely on simplistic logic or puns for answers. One example from the Brain Candy area of the Corsinet website asks, "Why is the longest human nose on record only eleven inches long?" The answer is, "If it was twelve inches it would be a foot."
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  • What has a neck but no head?

    Q: What has a neck but no head?

    A: The answer to the riddle "What has a neck but no head?" is a bottle. This is an example of a riddle that is found in the popular application "What the Riddles" featured on iTunes.
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  • What are some easy Zen riddles?

    Q: What are some easy Zen riddles?

    A: Zen riddles are neither easy nor hard, because they are intended as philosophical questions that promote an individual's spirituality. For instance, one riddle asks what sound is made by a single hand clapping. The riddle is a thought-provoking exercise for a student of Zen and has no definitive answer.
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  • What are some funny trick questions?

    Q: What are some funny trick questions?

    A: Funny trick questions are often related to logic, as in the following example: If a farmer had 15 sheep and all but eight died, how many sheep are left? The answer is the eight sheep that didn't die. People expect to have to do math with problems like that, making this a trick question.
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