Brain Exercises December 13

The 80s

See if you can remember some events and people from the 80s, a time before I-pods, ubiquitous cell phones, Crocs, Grunge, and Ryan Seacrest. 

  1. The first guy named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, starting a yearly tradition of giving that title to the #1 Stunner 
  2. Talking Heads, Genesis, Metal Hair, Devo, Fine Young Cannibals and A Flock of Seagulls were all names of ________.  _________ that were successful. 
  3. US President, elected I 1980, who said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” 
  4. The popular name for the US hockey team’s defeat of the Russian hockey team, even though the US team was minor leaguers and college players against a Russian juggernaut of all-but-pros, in the 1980 Olympics
  5. The New Hampshire teacher who, hoping to inspire students, became the first teacher in space but was killed along with 6 others when the Challenger exploded in 1986
  6. The star who, in a 1982 hit movie Tootsie, was forced to dress as a woman to succeed in  a job
  7. What was the name of the postman character played by John Ratzenburger in Cheers?
  8. The actor whose only part in The Big Chill was as a corpse whose friends later got together to mourn their friend’s passing (his face was never shown in the movie)
  9. What was the name of the doughy dolls who arrived in homes with adoption papers (if you were lucky enough to be able to find one to buy)
  10. What was the name of the National Security operative accused of trading arms for hostages in the Iran-Contra affair?

Puzzling

  1. On my way to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, each wife had seven children and each child had seven pet cats. How many were going to St. Ives?
  2. While house hunting, I came across a very pleasant home. The owner tells me that the property was originally on a 99year lease. However, today 2/3 of the time passed is equal to 4/5 of the time to come.  How long is left on the lease? 
  3. One supermarket is doing 3 for 2 offers on lemonade, while a rival down the road is doing 30% off.  If you want 3 bottles of lemonade, which is cheapest?
  4. In a particular year, there were 4 Tuesdays and 4 Fridays in October. What day of the week was Halloween, October 31, that year?
  5. Which number, when spelled out, is in alphabetical order?
  6. If you happened to live in Atlanta, Georgia, and flew directly south, which would be the first South American country you would fly over?
  7. What number is 3 times the sum of its digits?

Answers

The 80s

  1. Mel Gibson (1985)
  2. Rock groups
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Miracle on Ice
  5. Christa McAuliffe
  6. Dustin Hoffman
  7. Cliff Clave
  8. Kevin Costner
  9. Cabbage Patch dolls
  10. Oliver North

Puzzling

  1. Just one – me
  2. There are 45 years left
  3. If the bottles cost $1 each, then the 3 for 2 offer would cost $2
  4. The full cost of 3 bottles would be $3 and therefore, 30% off would be $2.10.  It’s best to buy the 3 for 2.
  5. Halloween was on a Monday
  6. Forty is the only number in alphabetical order
  7. If you head south from Atlanta, you will miss South America on the western side
  8. 27