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Riddle and Brain Buster

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Riddle and Brain Busters published in 2017

January 2017

January Riddle

Why are televisions attracted to people? Answer to Decemberís Riddle: What goes oh, oh, oh? Santa walking backwards

January Brain Buster

Follow Ups For each of the three words, think of a fourth word that can follow it to form a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. Each answer is a common three letter word. Example: hard, straw, paper; hat *Dragon, fruit, sacrifice *grab, hand, tea *pill, soap, suggestion *alley, pole, copy *watch, corn, bull *snake, cock, arm *home, bull, test *pea, dough, chest *broad, drive, fair *tight, bitter, dead Answer to Decemberís Brain Buster There is a common three word phrase in which all the words end in the letter F. What is it? Hint: think business. Chief of Staff

February 2017

February Riddle

What belongs to you, but is used more by others? Answer to Januaryís riddle Why are televisions attracted to people? Because people turn them on.

February Brain Buster

Sam Swiftly Fill in each blank with an adverb ending in L Y, to complete the sentence in a punny way. The first letter of the answer has been provided. Example: Aís, eís, Iís, oís and uís arenít the only vowels, said Sam (wisely.) *You woke me up to serve the navy men rum, said Sam G. *Iíll make you Folgerís coffee right away, said Sam I *Letís get this no good model T started, said Sam C *Let every lady now touch her partner, said Sam G *I hereby give everyone one thousand dollars, said Sam G Answer to January's brain buster *Dragon, fruit, sacrifice; fly *grab, hand, tea; bag *pill, soap, suggestion; box *alley, pole, copy; cat *watch, corn, bull; dog *snake, cock, arm; pit *home, bull, test; run *pea, dough, chest; nut *broad, drive, fair; way *tight, bitter, dead; end

March 2017

March Riddle

Everyone has it and no one can lose it, what is it?

Answer to Februaryís riddle
What belongs to you, but is used more by others?
Your name

March Brain Buster

Name a familiar game with four letters, switch the order of the last two letters, and you will get the name of a completely different game. Hint: One of the games is played indoors, while the other is played outdoors. What is it?

Answers to Februaryís brain buster
*You woke me up to serve the navy men rum, said Sam Groggily.
*Iíll make you Folgerís coffee right away, said Sam Instantly
*Letís get this no good model T started, said Sam crankily
*Let every lady now touch her partner, said Sam Gently
*I hereby give everyone one thousand dollars, said Sam Grandly

April 2017

April Riddle

why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?

Answer to Marchís riddle
Everyone has it and no one can lose it, what is it?
Your shadow

April Brain Buster

Escapade
Answer each clue with a familiar word, name or phrase that contains three consecutive sís.
Example: Menís formal evening attire: Dress shoes

*What Cinderella left behind at the ball:
*Broadway hit set in Southeast Asia:
*White house spokesperson:
*This may appear on kidís pants, at the knees:
*Do needlework:
*Thick slice of meat that is pounded and braised in vegetables:
*What a savvy entrepreneur has:
*Someone who rises from poverty to riches:
*S O S:
*Classic surfing movie of 1966:

Answer to Marchís brain buster
Name a familiar game with four letters, switch the order of the last two letters, and you will get the name of a completely different game. Hint: One of the games is played indoors, while the other is played outdoors
Pool and Polo

May 2017

May Riddle

No sooner spoken than brokenÖ
What is it?

Answer to Aprilís riddle
why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?
You donít want to press your luck

May Brain Buster

Apparent Apparel
What two article of apparel have names that are anagrams of each other? Hint: the items in part, cover the same part of the body.

Answers to Aprilís Brain Busters
*What Cinderella left behind at the ball: Glass Slipper
*Broadway hit set in Southeast Asia: Miss Sigon
*White house spokesperson: Press Secretary
*This may appear on kidís pants, at the knees: Grass Stains
*Do needlework: Cross Stitch
*Thick slice of meat that is pounded and braised in vegetables: Swiss Steak
*What a savvy entrepreneur has: Business Sense
*Someone who rises from poverty to riches: Success Story
*S O S: Distress Signal
*Classic surfing movie of 1966: Endless Summer

June 2017

June Riddle

What loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night?

Answer to Mayís riddle
No sooner spoken than brokenÖwhat is it?
Silence

June Brain Buster

Sign Language
Imagine a neon sign with the word restaurant lit up. However, some of the letters are burnt out. So the remaining letters in order, but not necessarily consecutively spell everyday words. Answer the following clues for these words.
Example: Beginning: Start

*Payment to a landlord:
*Gone with the Wind plantation:
*Small pie:
*Talk loudly and angrily:
*Make, as money:
*To hinder the normal growth or progress:
*Itís observed from an observatory:
*Tease cruelly:
*Jacobís twin in the bible:
*Brand of plastic wrap:
*Smallest of the litter:

Answers to Mayís Brain Busters
What two article of apparel have names that are anagrams of each other? Hint: the items in part, cover the same part of the body.
HOSE and SHOE

July 2017

July Riddle

Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?

Answer to Juneís riddle
What loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night?
A pillow

July Brain Buster

On the Money
The currency name Mark is hidden in the word remarkable and Rand is hidden in the word grandma. What common word does Dinar appear in?

Answers to Juneís Brain Busters
*Payment to a landlord: Rent
*Gone with the Wind plantation: Tara
*Small pie: Tart
*Talk loudly and angrily: Rant
*Make, as money: Earn
*To hinder the normal growth or progress: Stunt
*Itís observed from an observatory: Star
*Tease cruelly: Taunt
*Jacobís twin in the bible: Esau
*Brand of plastic wrap: Saran
*Smallest of the litter: Runt

August 2017

August Riddle

Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word. What am I?

Answer to Julyís riddle
Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?
Nothing

August Braine Buster

In each of the following sentences, add an S at the end of the word that goes in the first blank to get a new word that goes in the second blank.
Example: Now that their rival is out of business the local toy store plans to (jack) up prices on (jacks) and other items.

*Though the farmerís wife had two entire bushels of corn to BLANK, she said awe BLANK, thatís not so bad.
*Itís almost BLANK for people of BLANK not to help the poor.
*The English BLANK wearing leather BLANK fooled everyone into thinking he was a cowboy.
*The Firecracker was a BLANK but the man in the fancy BLANK kept trying to light it anyways.
*Just thinking about getting honey directly from a BLANK gives me the BLANK.

Answer to Julyís Brain Buster
What common word does Dinar appear in?
Ordinary

September 2017

September Riddle

We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it?

Answer to Augustís riddle
Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word. What am I?
Empty

September Brain Buster

Flexible Abbreviations
Each of the following abbreviations in everyday uses can stand for two completely different things. What are they?
Example: CD; compact disc & certificate of deposit

*AC
*PC
*MP
*BC
*PR
*OT
*ERA

Answers to Augustís brain buster
False Plurals
*Itís almost BLANK for people of BLANK not to help the poor; mean, means
*The English BLANK wearing leather BLANK fooled everyone into thinking he was a cowboy.; chap, chaps
*The Firecracker was a BLANK but the man in the fancy BLANK kept trying to light it anyways; dud, duds
*Just thinking about getting honey directly from a BLANK gives me the BLANK; hive, hives

October 2017

October Riddle

How do you make the number one disappear?

Answer to Septemberís riddle:
We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it?
The letter e

October Brain Buster

On the Double
Take the word sure. If we asked you to add two pairs of doubled letters to it to make an eight letter word, you would add Pís and sís to make the word suppress. Can you add two pairs of doubled letters to the word RATE, to make a common eight letter word?

Answers to Septemberís brain buster:
Double abbreviations
*AC; air conditioning & alternating current
*PC; personal computer & politically correct
*MP; military police & member of parliament
*BC; before Christ & British Columbia
*PR; public relations and Puerto Rico
*OT; occupational therapy & old testament
*ERA; equal rights amendment & earned run average

November 2017

November Riddle

How many seconds are there in a year?

Answer to Octoberís riddle:
How do you make the number one disappear?
Add the letter G and itís gone.

November Brain Buster

The Old 1 2
Reverse the first two letters of the answer to the first clue to get the answer to the second. Example:
Sixties hair style, casino card game; afro, faro

*Monster, vice president, Al
*Most unusual, take into custody
*Choice, magical drink
*Blue jeans, 1950 - 1960 singing sensation
*Shade tree, enough
*Height, degrees from the equator
*Kind of energy, hard to understand
*Storefront cover, on the way out

Answer to Octoberís brain buster
Can you add two pairs of doubled letters to the word RATE, to make a common eight letter word?
OO and MM for the word roommate.

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