As we countdown to Christmas, here are a few puzzles to help you get through your last week... Remember to check back on Thursday for the answers. :-)
Q1: There’s an ancient invention still in use in most parts of the world that allows people to see through walls. What is it?
Q2: What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Q3: How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark?
None. NOAH built the ark.
Q4: A man was pushed out of a small aeroplane, without a parachute but survived with no injuries apart from a few bruises. How was this possible?
The aeroplane was on the ground.
Q5: In what sport are the shoes made of metal?
Horse racing; or other horse sports.
Q6: How can you throw a ball as hard as you can, and make it stop and return to you, without hitting anything and with nothing attached to it?
Go outside and throw it upwards.
Q7: A farmer owns a beautiful pear tree. He supplies the fruit to a nearby shop. The shop owner has called the farmer to see how much fruit is available for him to purchase. The farmer knows that the main trunk has 24 branches. Each branch has exactly 12 boughs and each bough has exactly 6 twigs. Since each twig bears one piece of fruit, how many plums will the farmer be able to deliver?
None - It's a pear tree.
Q8: If the day after the day before yesterday was Tuesday, and the day before the day after tomorrow is Thursday - what day is today?
Q9: A man comes to the border of a country on his motorbike. He has three large sacks on his bike. The customs officer at the border stops him and asks, “What’s in the sacks?”
“Sand” answered the man.
The guard says, “We’ll see about that. Get off the bike.”
The guard takes the sacks and rips them apart. He empties them out and finds nothing in them but sand. He detains the man overnight and has the sand analysed, only to find that there is nothing but pure sand in the bags. The guard releases the man, puts the sand into new bags, lifts them onto the man’s shoulders and lets him cross the border.
A week later, the same thing happens. The customs officer asks, “What have you got?”
“Sand” says the man.
The officer does another thorough examination and again discovers that the sacks contain nothing but sand. He gives the sand back to the man, and the man again crosses the border.
This sequence of events repeats every week for the next three years. Then one day, the man doesn’t show up. The border official bumps into him in a restaurant in the city. The official says “I know you’re smuggling something and it’s driving me crazy. It’s all I think about. I can’t even sleep. Just between you and me, what are you smuggling?”
What is the man smuggling?