The Independent Mind Olympics
Monday 22 July 1996
When you have solved all five puzzles, send the answers to: Mind Olympics (Day One), the Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL to arrive not later than 29 July.
1 Unscramble each of these phrases:
2 A newspaperman was witness to a jailbreak. He rang up and gave his story quickly down the line just in time to catch the late edition. When he bought a copy to read the story, to his horror he found that it said that the convict had escaped by boat, when in fact he distinctly remembered telling his paper he'd escaped by other means and on land. When he had thought about it a little he traced the misunderstanding to a single phrase he had used in describing how the man had made his getaway. Can you suggest what it might have been?
3 The 6-digit number 2*3*7* is divisible without remainder by both 27 and 37. Replace the asterisks with the appropriate missing digits.
4 Find a word such that if you remove the first letter and the last letter you are left with one more than the number of letters you started with.
5 On Dr Schadenfreude's desk at his clinic in Wassollesbedeutenville he has a paperweight of the general form shown (right). Being obsessive, he cannot even think about sorting out your psychological problems until he has answered the far more pressing question: how many faces, edges and corners has it?
Questions set by Maslanka
Illustration by Mike Harrington.
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