Mind Numbing Puzzles
By William F. Bultas
I encourage you to use any reference materials you think might help on the following 10
puzzles. They probably aren't as tough as the title suggests, but the puzzles are fairly difficult, & it may take some time before you will be able to solve many of them. The puzzles will defintely make you work your brain, & put your lateral thinking & logic skills to the test! Warning: at least one of these puzzles contains a trick question! If you enjoy these puzzles, be
sure to try the other tests & puzzles at PUZZ.COM. Have fun!
Number Correct Mind Numbing Rank
0-1 Comfortably Numb
4-5 Some Feeling
7-8 Resistant to Mind Numbing
9-10 Oblivious to Mind Numbing
1. For each of the following equations, letters have been substituted for the numbers. This substitution is consistent throughout all 4 of the equations. Determine what number (from 0-9) is represented by each of the 10 letters.
A. LFOH B. LTEL
+ EMAO + LAHF
C. ELRO D. OTTH
+ OLRF + LETH
Determine which of the following letters & numbers completes the sequence above:
S 0 V Q U 22
3. Without writing anything or using any calculating device, tell me if there are more 2s or 8s to be found in all of the numbers from 1 to 50,000.
4. If 2 of the following statements are false, what chance is there that the egg came first? Round to the nearest whole percent. Note: If any part of a statement is false, then the entire statement must be false.
A. The chicken came first.
B. The egg came first.
C. A is false, & B is true.
5. If everyone in Chinaville owns a number of dishes that is always an even number, no one owns more than 274 dishes, & no 2 people own the same number of dishes, what is the maximum number of people in Chinaville?
6. Determine which of the following words does not belong: peck rod feed grain gill
7. If each letter in the following equations represents a number from 1 through 9, determine what number each letter represents.
A. A+A+B+C = 13
B. A+B+C+D = 14
C. B+B+C+D = 13
8. Should the letter I be on the top or bottom row?
A H J K
B C D E F G L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
9. Complete each of the following statements by filling in each ____ with a word. Don't use reference materials on this one!
A. New York is the big ____
B. An ____ a day keeps the doctor away
C. George Washington cut down the ____ tree
D. As American as ____ pie
E. They say that rabbits have excellent vision because they eat ____
10. A little girl is in Missouri, & her mother is in California. The little girl is in an accident, & has to be rushed to a nearby hospital. The little girl is the daughter of the nurse who assists her. How is this possible?