Brain Exercises – July 19

Summer facts Cryptogram – Break the code to read the sentence.  

  1. J D V   S E P I V Q J   O T X O V K W V    E P       X V K E X M     S T Q J V M     8 0     D E W X Q.

2. B Q O   Y L X X O T   Y D P Y B F J O   F Y    B Q O    W F T Y B    H C E   D W   

B Q O  Y O C Y D I    C I H   B Q O   P D I A O Y B   H C E   D W   B Q O   E O C T.

3. Z R E T   L N L G T J   N E T   L R E S    G S   I W T   J Q Z Z T E   I W N S   N S A   R I W T E   

I G Z T   R Q    A T N E.  

Summer Queries about Strange Subjects 

  1. A baby aardvark is born pink and wrinkled and was named for its resemblance to a pig when it is young.  The word “aardvark” means “earth pig”  in South African language. The young aardvark has donkey ears, a kangaroo tail, a piggy nose, but is actually a distant relative of the ________.  An aardvark will gobble ______ of ants each night when it is older. 
  2. A young brown bear will start packing on about ______ pounds a day I the fall to prepare for its deep winter sleep. Luckily, its mother has a great sense of smell and can detect food from _____ miles away.
  3. Orangutans spend up to _____ % of their time high up in the trees of Borneo and Sumatra.  They sleep, eat and play in nests that are big enough for a ______ year old kid to stretch out in. 
  4. The gentle leopard gecko is famous for its spots as well as its urine which comes out as tiny crystals. Its calm nature and long life span – it can live up to ______ years – make it a popular pet. 
  5. African elephants can weigh some ______ pounds at birth. By adulthood, they can top the scales at more than ______ tons. The world’s largest land mammal also has a big appetite, eating more than _____ pounds of grass, fruit and leaves per day. 
  6. Young flamingos are famous for their coral color, but the chicks are born with gray or white feathers.  It takes ____ to _____ years for a young flamingo to show its pink feathers. 
  7. A baby giraffe falls about _______ feet from its mother during birth before hitting the ground.  This bumpy start doesn’t stop them – they are usually up and walking when just ______.   _______ old. 
  8. Sea otters are related to _________.  (skunks, dolphins, sloths or narwhals)?
  9. One of the red-eyed tree frog’s calls sounds like a ________  (car horn, baby rattle, guitar or cricket)?  
  10. Seahorses are fish that are named for the shape of their head.  At birth they are about the size of an ________.  Most adults would fit into a ________. A group of seahorses is called a _______ and they are among the only species in which ________ give birth to babies. 

Answers 

Summer Facts Cryptograms

  1. The longest barbeque on record lasted 80 hours. 

2. The summer solstice is the first day of the season and the longest day of the year.

3. More babies are born in the summer than any other time of year.

Summer Queries about Strange Subjects

  1. Elephant, thousands
  2. 3, 18
  3. 95,10
  4. 20
  5. 200,7,300 pounds
  6. 2-3
  7. 6, one hour
  8. Skunk
  9. Baby rattle
  10. M&M, teacup, herd, dad