Lateral Thinking Home Regina left home one afternoon. She turned to the right and started running straight ahead. Then she turned to her left, ran, turned to her left again, ran, turned to her left one more time, and ran even faster. She headed for home. Then she saw a masked boy waiting for her. Who was he? The masked boy was the catcher. Regina played on a coed baseball team. STRATEGY: Draw a picture or diagram.
Who Rocked the Boat? Three boats — one red, one blue, and one yellow — were out on the river this morning. By reading the following clues, can you tell the color and type of each boat, who is on each boat, and which country the people come from? Write your answers on a chart like this one: Kind of boat Countrycolors man woman kids The woman is not in a yellow boat and is not from France. The red boat is not from Italy. The kids are in a blue boat, but they are not from Italy or Sweden. The man and his dog are on a yacht with an Italian flag. The sailboat is from France, while the canoe is red.
Answer Kind of boatCountrycolors manyachtItalyyellow womancanoeSwedenred kidssailboatFranceblue
Number and Math Play Arrange five 8's so that they equal 9. You may not use a plus or minus sign. 8 88 / 88 (The numerals read "Eight and eighty-eight eighty-eighths," or "Eight and one," which equals nine.)
Getting Across Reasoning Ms. Waters and her twins, Danny and Annie, want to cross from the east side of the river to the west side in a canoe. But the canoe can hold no more than 200 pounds. Ms. Waters weighs 160 pounds, and Danny and Annie weigh 100 pounds each. How can all three of them reach the other side of the river in the canoe? First the twins paddle to the west side of the river. Annie stays on the west side, and Danny comes back. Mrs. Waters rows alone to the west side, leaving Danny on the east side. Finally, Annie comes back for Danny. Together, they paddle to the west side of the river. (You can reverse Annie and Danny-it doesn't matter which one goes first.)
Three Moves Spatial Awareness There are 10 letters in the triangle. Change the triangle so that it points down. Move one letter at a time. You have only three moves. (Hint: Lay 10 pennies out so that they match the letters in the triangle. Then you can try out different moves.) A B C D E F G H I J Move G so that it is next to B. Move J so that it is next to C. Switch A from the top to the bottom of the triangle to make the point. A B C D E F G H I J G B C J D E F H I A
Birds and Cages I am the owner of a pet store. If I put in one canary per cage, I have one bird too many. If I put in two canaries per cage, I have one cage too many. How many cages and canaries do I have? Answer I have 3 cages and 4 canaries
Father and Son The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father's age is the son's age reversed. How old could they be? (3 possible solutions). Answer 51 and 15. 42 and 24. 60 and 06.