Brain Exercises – November 8

Sports Immortals

  1. What famous hockey player made the jersey number 99 legendary?
  2. A jockey who won 8.833 times in 41 years since he began riding in 1949, retiring after finishing fourth on Patchy Groundfog during the jockey’s final tour.
  3. Nicknamed the “Tall Tactician,” this manager had won more games than any other manager when he retired after the 1950 baseball season. He managed his games wearing not a uniform but a neat and tidy business suit. 
  4. The only man who is in both the baseball and fishing Halls of Fame, this player left baseball in 1942 to join the Marines and become a pilot. After World War II, he returned to baseball.
  5. Who won the fight between John L. Sullivan and James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett for Heavyweight Boxing champion in 1892?
  6. What coach, who had been a member of Fordham University’s Seven Blocks of Granite, led the Green Bay Packers for nine years, creating one of the greatest dynasties in league history including Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer.
  7. A  PA golfer, this man won 60 events on the PGA tour, including the Masters 4 times, British Open twice, played on 7 Rider Cup teams, was named PGA player of the year twice, and was the  first to win $1million in career earnings. His battles with younger Jack Nicklaus were epic.
  8. After playing at UCLA, this basketball player joined the NBA and scored 10 or more points in 787 straight games, scored nearly 5000 points more than the second all-time leading scorer at the time, and has a total of 38,387 career points. 
  9. A formidable guard in football whose nickname was “Zipper” for all the surgical scars he had, this player worked on the Packers team with Fuzzy Thompson to form one of the most devastating sweep block tandem in NFL history
  10. What two teams met in the first Super Bowl?

Tricky Teasers

  1. What year of this century is the same when its number is upside down?  What year of the previous century is the same when inverted? 
  2. Pat, the goalie on Central High’s soccer team, said, “I’m the only player on the team who has a brother who can say truthfully that his father is the only man in town who doesn’t have a son who goes to Central High.”  Can you explain how this is possible?
  3. All of Mrs. Perkins’ pets are dogs except one, and all her pets are cats except one.  How many cats and dogs does she have?
  4. Mr. Cook, Mr. Sailor, and Mr. Carpenter met on the street one afternoon.  “Isn’t it funny,” said Mr. Cook to the others, “that not one of us has a profession that is the same as our names?”“That’s true”, agreed the man who was the carpenter.  Can you give the correct last name of each man in the story?
  5. Mack is taller than Hack, who’s shorter than Dack, who’s shorter than Jack, who’s shorter than Zack. Who is the shortest? 
  6.  A detachment of soldiers must cross a river. The bridge is broken, and the river is deep.  The officer in charge spots two boys playing in a rowboat by the shore. The boat is so tiny that it can hold only two boys or one soldier. All the soldiers succeed in crossing the river in the boat.  How?

Answers

Sports Immortals

  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Willie Shoemaker
  3. Connie Mack (McGillicuddy)
  4. Ted Williams
  5. James Corbett
  6. Vince Lombardi
  7. Arnold Palmer
  8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  9. Jerry Kramer
  10. Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers (Packers won)

Tricky Teasers

  1. The invertible years are 1961 and 1881.
  2. Pat is a girl.  Her brother had graduated from Central High.
  3. Mrs. Perkins has one dog and one cat.
  4. Mr. Cook couldn’t be the cook, nor could he be the carpenter because the carpenter replied to his question.  So he must be the sailor.  Mr. Carpenter can’t be the carpenter or the sailor, so he must be the cook.  This leaves Mr. Sailor, who must be the carpenter.
  5. Hack is the shortest.   Zack, Jack, Mack, Dack, Hack
  6. First, the boys cross the river.  One stays, the other boy brings the boat to the soldiers and gets out.  One soldier gets in the boat and crosses over.  At the other side, the boy who was there brings the boat back to the soldiers.  He takes the other boy across to the other shore.  One of the boys takes the boat back, gets out, and a second soldier crosses over.  This pattern continues until all soldiers have crossed.