Brain Exercises January 24, 2023

Anagrams  – Each level is a single word anagram, the easiest on top.

  1. TVA
  2. TEXN
  3. PRYAT

FIGURE IT OUT – Try to solve this variety of teasers

  1. Which four letter man’s name was often used as a password in the early days of computing, until it was discovered that hackers were using this loophole to enter computer systems? (Hint: think about the characteristics that the general public would like in a password.)
  2. One brother says of his younger brother, “Two years ago I was three times as old as my brother was.  In three years’ time, I will be twice as old as my brother.” How old is each of them now?
  3.  A shopkeeper lowered his prices by 20% for a week, then raised them by 20%.  Are they any different at the end of the price shuffle?
  4. What is the smallest number that increases by 12 when it is turned upside down?
  5. Which side of a cat has the greatest amount of hair?
  6. Answer these questions:
  7. In the famous Disney animated film, which girl befriends the Seven Dwarfs?
  8. What color is ivory?
  9. What do cows drink?
  10. Pistol Pete the cowboy boasted that he could hang up a Stetson, walk half a mile, then fire a bullet through the Stetson every time using nothing more than his pistol.  How did he achieve this?
  11. Get a soup dish and four olives (cherries also work).  Without touching the olives in any way, how can you make them move to the outside of the dish so they are roughly equidistant from each other?



  1. Net
  2. Next
  3. Party
  4. Exodus
  5. Oblique
  6. Costumer
  7. Beefsteak
  8. Rhododendron
  9. Brainstorming
  10. Autobiographic

Figure It Out

  1. Fred – Because it was so easy to type on the keyboard (a simple counter-clockwise circle of letters) and also easy to remember
  2. The elder is 17, the younger is 7.  Two years ago, they were 15 and 5 and in 3 years, they will be 20 and 10. 
  3. Yes. What initially cost $1 now costs 96 cents because 100-20% = 80 and 80 + 20% = (80 + 16) which equals 96. 
  4. 86
  5. The inside
  6. Your answers should have been Snow White, cream/white, and water.  Did you say “milk” to question c?
  7. He hung the hat over the barrel of his gun
  8. In one fairly sharp motion, spin the dish on the table.  The centrifugal force will cause the olives to move to the outside.