**“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”**

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We haven’t had a test for a long time – until today, that is!!!

Below, for those brave enough to have a go, you will find twenty-one questions, some easy, some difficult, some tricky and some a bit of all three.

Enjoy and good luck!!!

(Answers are waaaaay below, but no cheating!)

1. Is it possible for Jane to stand behind Lee and Lee to stand behind Jane at the same time?

2. Leather shoes are worn in bowling and rubber-soled sneakers are worn in tennis. In what sport are all metal shoes worn?

3. How many times can you subtract 2 from the number 21?

4. On a farm outside of Winchester is the world’s most perfect peach tree. The main trunk has exactly 24 branches, each branch exactly 12 boughs, each bough exactly 6 twigs, and each twig bears 1 fruit. How many apples are on the tree?

5. How close a relative would the sister-in-law of your father’s only brother be?

6. On an average day, what mode of transportation carries more passengers than any other?

7. Which book of the Bible tells you about Abel slaying Cain?

8. How do you pronounce VOL IX?

9. When someone says, *“I’ll break every bone in your body,”* how many bones would they have to break — 50, 200, 500, or 1,000?

10. There are 14 punctuation marks in ENGLISH grammar. How many can you name? (9 is passing grade)

11. What 5 letter word has 4 vowels and 1 consonant? (Hint: The British use this word for line.)

12. Can you make 10 plus 4 = 2 ?

13. The amount of water in a tank doubles every minute. The tank is full in an hour. When was the tank half full?

14. Would it be cheaper for you to take 1 friend to the movies twice or to take 2 friends at the same time?

15. A young boy comes from school. He lives in a high-rise building. Some days, he gets off the elevator at the eighth floor and walks up four flights to his family’s apartment on the 12th floor. On other days, he goes right up to the 12th floor. Why the difference?

16. A laborer can dig a hole 8 feet square and 8 feet deep in 8 days. How long will it take him to dig a hole 4 feet square and 4 feet deep?

17. Rearrange the following letters to form one English word: P N L L E E E E S S S S S

18. A clock loses 10 minutes each hour. If the clock is set correctly at noon, what time is it when it reads 3 PM?

19. If 8 crows can steal 8 buttons in 8 minutes, how long will it take 16 crows to steal 16 buttons?

20. If 8 crows can steal 8 buttons in 8 minutes, how many buttons can 16 crows steal in 16 minutes?

21. An electrician and a plumber were waiting in line for admission to the International Home Show. One of them was the father of the other’s son. How was this possible?

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**ANSWERS**

1. Is it possible for Jane to stand behind Lee and Lee to stand behind Jane at the same time?

** Yes, if they stand back-to-back.**

2. Leather shoes are worn in bowling and rubber-soled sneakers are worn in tennis. In what sport are all metal shoes worn?

** Horse Racing.**

3. How many times can you subtract 2 from the number 21?

** Once. After that, you are subtracting from 19, 17, …**

4. On a farm outside of Winchester is the world’s most perfect peach tree. The main trunk has exactly 24 branches, each branch exactly 12 boughs, each bough exactly 6 twigs, and each twig bears 1 fruit. How many apples are on the tree?

**None. It’s a peach tree, so it doesn’t bear apples.**

5. How close a relative would the sister-in-law of your father’s only brother be?

** Your mother.**

6. On an average day, what mode of transportation carries more passengers than any other?

** Elevators.**

7. Which book of the Bible tells you about Abel slaying Cain?

** None. Abel didn’t slay Cain?**

8. How do you pronounce VOL IX?

** Volume Nine.**

9. When someone says, *“I’ll break every bone in your body,”* how many bones would they have to break — 50, 200, 500, or 1,000?

** 200.**

10. There are 14 punctuation marks in ENGLISH grammar. How many can you name? (9 is passing grade)

** Period, comma, quotes, question mark, semicolon, colon, apostrophe, ellipses (…), dash, exclamation point, asterisk, braces, hyphen, brackets, parentheses. Actually, that is 15.**

11. What 5 letter word has 4 vowels and 1 consonant? (Hint: The British use this word for line.)

** QUEUE. Queueing has five vowels in a row!**

12. Can you make 10 plus 4 = 2 ?

** 10 o’clock + 4 hours = 2 o’clock. **

13. The amount of water in a tank doubles every minute. The tank is full in an hour. When was the tank half full?

** 59 minutes.**

14. Would it be cheaper for you to take 1 friend to the movies twice or to take 2 friends at the same time?

** Take 2 friends at the same time — you only have to buy 3 tickets. Taking them separately requires the purchase of 4 tickets.**

15. A young boy comes from school. He lives in a high-rise building. Some days, he gets off the elevator at the eighth floor and walks up four flights to his family’s apartment on the 12th floor. On other days, he goes right up to the 12th floor. Why the difference?

** He is too short to reach button 12. Sometimes no one else is on the elevator.**

16. A laborer can dig a hole 8 feet square and 8 feet deep in 8 days. How long will it take him to dig a hole 4 feet square and 4 feet deep?

** 1 day. It is 1/8 the size of the large hole.**

17. Rearrange the following letters to form one English word: P N L L E E E E S S S S S

** SLEEPLESSNESS.**

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18. A clock loses 10 minutes each hour. If the clock is set correctly at noon, what time is it when it reads 3 PM?

** 3:36 PM. **

** The clock loses 10 minutes each hour, so it loses 5 minutes every half-hour, and it loses 1 minute every 6 minutes.**

** It is 12:50 PM at 1:00 o’clock. **

** It is 1:40 PM at 2:00 o’clock. **

** It is 2:30 PM at 3:00 o’clock. **

** It is 2:55 PM at 3:30 o’clock. **

** It is 3:00 PM at 3:36 o’clock. **

19. If 8 crows can steal 8 buttons in 8 minutes, how long will it take 16 crows to steal 16 buttons?

** 8 minutes.**

20. If 8 crows can steal 8 buttons in 8 minutes, how many buttons can 16 crows steal in 16 minutes?

** 32 buttons.**

21. An electrician and a plumber were waiting in line for admission to the International Home Show. One of them was the father of the other’s son. How was this possible?

** They were husband and wife.**

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