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Curmudgeon's Corner

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Brain Teaser...With Answers

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A Monday morning brain teaser that a "former" friend sent to me over the week-end.  Answers will be posted later today but yours can be posted as comments if you like:

  1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
  2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
  3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons; all others must be replanted every year.  What are the two perennial vegetables?
  4. What fruit has the seeds on the outside?
  5. In many liquor stores you can buy pear brandy with a real pear inside the bottle.  The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way.  How does the pear get inside that bottle?
  6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters 'dw' and they are all common words.  Name two of them.
  7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.  Can you name at least half of them?
  8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked or in any other form except fresh.
  9. Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 's'.

I wasn't nearly as sharp as I should've been with a week-end of rest behind me.

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The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Budget Update Delayed?  Wonder Why?"

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Brain Teaser Answers:

  1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends is Boxing.
  2. North American landmark constantly moving backward?  Niagara Falls (The rim is worn back  about two and one-half feet per year due to water erosion.)
  3. The only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons are asparagus and rhubarb.
  4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside is the strawberry.
  5. The pear grew inside the bottle.  The bottles are placed over the pear buds when they are small and are wired in place on the tree.  When the pears are ripe, the stems are snipped.
  6. Three English words beginning with 'dw' are dwarf, dwell and dwindle.
  7. The fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar are the period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe,  question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces and ellipses.
  8. The only fruit or vegetable never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked or in any other form than fresh is lettuce.
  9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning in 's' are shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings and stilts.

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