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 Gotchas Puzzle 1 Standing on a one way street, were two highway patrol officers, specifically looking for drivers who were in violation of local traffic laws. A taxi driver was going the wrong way down the street, however, the officers did nothing. What explanation can you offer? [Ref: ZCVT] Hint: Do taxi drivers always drive their taxi? Answer: The taxi driver was walking at the time and not driving their cab, therefore breaking no traffic laws. Puzzle 2 Three people check into a hotel. They pay £30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to the porter to return to the people. On the way to the room the porter reasons that £5 would be difficult to share among three people so they keep £2 and give £1 to each person. Now each person paid £10 and got back £1. So they paid £9 each, totalling £27. The porter has £2, totalling £29. Where is the missing £1? [Ref: ZVTU] Hint: Be careful of what you're adding. Answer: We have to be careful what we are adding together. Originally, they paid £30, they each received back £1, they now have only paid £27. Of this £27, £25 went to the manager for the room and £2 went to the porter. Puzzle 3 If you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first? [Ref: ZVDJ] Hint: The answer is obvious once you know. Answer: The match! Puzzle 4 Read each line aloud without making any mistakes. If you make a mistake you MUST start again without going any further. This is this puzzle This is is puzzle This is how puzzle This is to puzzle This is keep puzzle This is someone puzzle This is busy puzzle This is for puzzle This is about puzzle This is forty puzzle This is seconds! puzzle [Ref: ZSJE] Hint: This is a forty second puzzle. Answer: Now go back and read the THIRD word in each line from the top.