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 Puzzle 125 Below, 10 nine letter words have been broken into chunks of three letters. These chunks have been mixed up, no chunk is used twice and all chunks are used. Can you determine what the 10 words are? hol rec ant imp fer con man dif ice pol acq htn ort myt new air sag duc dec lig kch ogy ing tan uit ent gle tal tor ent [Puzzle Code = ZYJU] Copyright © Kevin Stone Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZYJU Hint: These are the first letters of the words: A, C, D, D, I, L, M, N, P, R. Answer: acq + uit + tal = acquittal con + duc + tor = conductor dec + kch + air = deckchair dif + fer + ent = different imp + ort + ant = important lig + htn + ing = lightning myt + hol + ogy = mythology new + sag + ent = newsagent pol + ice + man = policeman rec + tan + gle = rectangle Puzzle 126 Three countryfolk met at a cattle market. "Look here," said Hodge to Jakes, "I'll give you six of my pigs for one of your horses, and then you'll have twice as many animals here as I've got." "If that's your way of doing business," said Durrant to Hodge, "I'll give you fourteen of my sheep for a horse, and then you'll have three times as many animals as I." "Well, I'll go better than that," said Jakes to Durrant; "I'll give you four cows for a horse, and then you'll have six times as many animals as I've got here." No doubt this was a very primitive way of bartering animals, but it is an interesting little puzzle to discover just how many animals Jakes, Hodge, and Durrant must have taken to the cattle market. [Puzzle Code = ZUCK] At A Cattle Market. Amusements In Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney (1917). Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZUCK Hint: A little algebra might help. Answer: Jakes must have taken 7 animals to market, Hodge must have taken 11, and Durrant must have taken 21. There were thus 39 animals altogether. This can be solved with a little algebra, where J - Jakes, H = Hodge and D = Durrant: From the clues: 2 x (H - 6 + 1)  = J + 6 - 1       [1] 3 x (D - 14 + 1) = H + 14 - 1      [2] 6 x (J -4 + 1)   = D + 4 - 1       [3] These can be rearranged to give: 2H - J = 15                        [4] 3D - H = 52                        [5] 6J - D = 21                        [6] We can now use 2 x [5] + [4] to give: 6D - J = 119                       [7] We can now use [7] + 6 x [6] to give: 35J = 245   J = 7 We can then use J = 7 in [4] and [6] to give H = 11, and D = 21. Puzzle 127 Starting with a five letter word, change one letter to create a new word. This word is then changed by one letter to create another new word. For example, DOG, DIG, FIG etc. These words in turn mean: a gaggle of geese a device for measuring time what you can do with a mouse a baby chicken a device to prevent wheels from moving a surprise a small house a pile of cards a small piece of wood unable to move [Puzzle Code = ZLXH] Copyright © Kevin Stone Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZLXH Hint: The sequence ends with STUCK.. Answer: FLOCK = a gaggle of geese CLOCK = a device for measuring time CLICK = what you can do with a mouse CHICK = a baby chicken CHOCK = a device to prevent wheels from moving SHOCK = a surprise SHACK = a small house STACK = a pile of cards STICK = a small piece of wood STUCK = unable to move. Puzzle 128 What comes next in this sequence: Iron Bromine Uranium Argon ==?== [Puzzle Code = ZQPU] Copyright © Kevin Stone Direct Link: www.brainbashers.com?ZQPU Hint: The chemical symbol for Iron is Fe. Answer: Yttrium. From the atomic element's symbols which are spelling February: Fe + Br + U + Ar + Y.

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