Botticelli and Beyond:Over 100 of the World's Best Word by David Sidney Parlett

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The answer to the riddle is not 50, but 200. Ten divided by 1/2 is 20. A Surprising Fraction The final fraction is 1/3. A Surprising Sum The total of the four random numbers is 22,222. Test of Finger Strength Professor Picanumba says you can’t do it. The correct way to pronounce the capital of Kentucky is Frankfort. A Test with 66 The result is 34. There was no card-playing on the Ark because Noah sat on the deck. A Test with Two Dice The sum of the four products is 49. A Test with Your Age The number on display is 238.

Count the number of clips remaining in the box. Add the two digits of the count and remove that number of paper clips from the box. Put them in your pocket. Take out three more paper clips. How many clips are left in the box? Number, Flower, Color Think of a number between 10 and 50 that consists of two different digits, both of them odd. The numbers 11 and 33 are ruled out because their digits are alike. Write down the number you selected. Under the number write the name of a flower. Under the flower write a color.

The jack has a value of 11, the queen 12, and the king 13. What’s the sum? An Unexpected Number This is not a prediction test, but merely a test of your ability to recognize a famous number. Start with 1234. Switch 1 and 2, and switch 3 and 4, to get 2143. Enter it in your calculator. Divide by 22, then hit the square root key twice. What do you get? Five Coins Place on the table in a row, in order from left to right, a penny, dime, nickel, half dollar, and a quarter. (If you don’t have a half dollar handy, write “50¢” on a small piece of paper and use it instead of the coin.

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