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Q1.  There were eight ears of corn in a hollow stump.  A squirrel can carry out three ears a day.  How many days does it take the squirrel to take all the ears of corn from the stump?
Q2.  Which triangle is larger - one with sides measuring 200, 300 and 400 cm or one with sides measuring 300, 400 and 700 cm?
Q3.  Which of the following animals would see best in total darkness: an owl, a leopard or an eagle?
Q4.  What was the highest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered?
Q6. If the Vice-President of the USA were killed, who would then become president?
Q7.  Which candles burn longer - beeswax or tallow?
Q8.  A farmer had 4 haystacks in one field and twice as many in each of his other two fields.  He put the haystacks from all three fields together.  How many haystacks did he now have?
Q9.  What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Q10.  Which weighs more - a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?
Q11.  What has four legs and only one foot?
Q12.  Which two whole numbers multiplied together make 17?
Q13.  If post is spelled POST and most is spelled MOST, how do you spell the word for what you put in the toaster?
Q14.  What word of five letters contains six when two letters are taken away?
Q15.  How many bananas can a grown man eat on an empty stomach?
Q16.  Why is it that Beethoven never finished the Unfinished Symphony?
Q17.  What common word is pronounced wrongly by over half of all Oxford and Cambridge graduates?
Q18.  What gets larger the more you take away?
Q19.  If I gave you 10p for every 20p piece you could stand on edge and you stood three 20p pieces on their edge, how much money would you gain?
Q20.  If there are 12 six-pence stamps in a dozen, then how many two-pence stamps are there in a dozen?

Answers

Q1.  There were eight ears of corn in a hollow stump.  A squirrel can carry out three ears a day.  How many days does it take the squirrel to take all the ears of corn from the stump?
A1.  Eight days.  It has to take its own two squirrel ears with it, so takes only one ear of corn.

Q2.  Which triangle is larger - one with sides measuring 200, 300 and 400 cm or one with sides measuring 300, 400 and 700 cm?
A2.  The first triangle is larger - one with sides measuring 200, 300 and 400 cm.  The triangle with sides measuring 300, 400 and 700 cm has an area of zero!

Q3.  Which of the following animals would see best in total darkness: an owl, a leopard or an eagle?
A3.  In total darkness non of them could see a thing.

Q4.  What was the highest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered?
A4.  Mount Everest.

Q5.  Where are the Kings and Queens of England crowned?
A5.  On the head.

Q6. If the Vice-President of the USA were killed, who would then become president?
A6.  The President would remain President.

Q7.  Which candles burn longer - beeswax or tallow?
A7.  No candles burn longer - all candles burn shorter.

Q8.  A farmer had 4 haystacks in one field and twice as many in each of his other two fields.  He put the haystacks from all three fields together.  How many haystacks did he now have?
A8.  He had one large haystack.

Q9.  What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
A9.  Short

Q10.  Which weighs more - a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?
A10.  A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.  Gold is measured in Troy pounds, which weigh less than the regular Avoirdupois pounds in which items such as feathers would be weighed.

Q11.  What has four legs and only one foot?
A11.  A Bed.

Q12.  Which two whole numbers multiplied together make 17?
A12.  1 and 17

Q13.  If post is spelled POST and most is spelled MOST, how do you spell the word for what you put in the toaster?
A13.  B R E A D

Q14.  What word of five letters contains six when two letters are taken away?
A14.  Sixes (or sixty)

Q15.  How many bananas can a grown man eat on an empty stomach?
A15.  One - after that, his stomach is not empty.

Q16.  Why is it that Beethoven never finished the Unfinished Symphony?
A16.  The Unfinished Symphony was written by Schubert.

Q17.  What common word is pronounced wrongly by over half of all Oxford and Cambridge graduates?
A17.  Wrongly.

Q18.  What gets larger the more you take away?
A18.  A hole.

Q19.  If I gave you 10p for every 20p piece you could stand on edge and you stood three 20p pieces on their edge, how much money would you gain?
A19.  You would be losing 30p.  I gave you 30p in exchange for the three 20p pieces.

Q20.  If there are 12 six-pence stamps in a dozen, then how many two-pence stamps are there in a dozen?
A20. 12.