During a recent gymnastics gala, four athletes competed in three events, the vault, the beam and the floor.
Chris came third on the floor.
The athlete who came second in the vault, won the beam event.
The athlete who came second on the beam won the floor.
Emery beat Alex in every event.
The athlete who won the vault came second on the floor.
Blake came last in the vault.
Can you determine who finished where in each event?
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Hint: Blake won the floor.
Answer: Name Vault Beam Floor
Emery 1 3 2
Chris 2 1 3
Alex 3 4 4
Blake 4 2 1
Daft Dave, our local DIY expert, is renovating the local hospital.
He has to number each of the rooms in the hospital with plastic numbers.
However, he has run out of the number 9.
How many 9's must Dave buy in order to number all 1,000 rooms?
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Hint: Don't forget the extra 9's in 90, 91, etc.
Start with: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 - which is 20 9's.
We then repeat this for 100, 200, 300, up to 900 - which is 200 9's.
But from 900 to 999 we have an extra 100 9's as each starts with a 9.
So the total is 300.
What number completes this sequence?
4 15 14 11 5 ==?==
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Hint: Think of the alphabet.
Answer: 25 for Y.
These are the positions of the letters of the alphabet and they are spelling Donkey.
The infamous BrainBashers encyclopedia has been suffering from its usual problems again.
Below is a printout of reptiles and amphibians, each of which has lost every other letter.
Can you replace the missing letters?
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Hint: One of the words end in K.
-r-g = frog
-o-t-i-e = tortoise
-n-k- = snake
-e-t = newt
-i-a-d = lizard
-r-c-d-l- = crocodile
-a-a-a-d-r = salamander
-u-t-e = turtle
-k-n- = skink
a-l-g-t-r = alligator