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Some old ones here.

1. Cathy has six pairs of black gloves and six pairs of brown gloves in her drawer. In complete darkness, how many gloves must she take from the drawer in order to be sure to get a pair that match?

2. A carpenter was in a terrible hurry. He had to work as quickly as possible to cut a very heavy 10 foot plank into 10 equal sections. If it takes 1 minute per cut, how long will it take him to get the 10 equal pieces?

3. What English word can have 4 of its 5 letters removed and still retain it's original pronunciation?

4. Another sock one. In your sock drawer, you have a ratio of 5 pairs of blue socks, 4 pairs of brown socks, and 6 pairs of black socks. In complete darkness, how many socks would you need to pull out to get a matching pair of the same color?

5. If, having only one match, on a freezing winter day, you entered a room which contained a lamp, a kerosene heater, and a wood burning stove, which should you light first.
 

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  1. That would depend on where the gloves are in the drawer are placed to be picked randomly
  2. 9 Minutes
  3. M mmmm or Z zzzz.....sorry its all i could think of
  4. That would depend largley where the socks are placed to be picked randomly
  5. I would strke the match on a suitable surface to ignite the sulphur therefore making an incendry device to ignite some paper that would set fire to the wood, I wouldnt try to light the kerosene as it is oil based and needs a higher temp flame to be inflammable..
 

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Reverb said:
Some old ones here.

1. Cathy has six pairs of black gloves and six pairs of brown gloves in her drawer. In complete darkness, how many gloves must she take from the drawer in order to be sure to get a pair that match?

2. A carpenter was in a terrible hurry. He had to work as quickly as possible to cut a very heavy 10 foot plank into 10 equal sections. If it takes 1 minute per cut, how long will it take him to get the 10 equal pieces?

3. What English word can have 4 of its 5 letters removed and still retain it's original pronunciation?

4. Another sock one. In your sock drawer, you have a ratio of 5 pairs of blue socks, 4 pairs of brown socks, and 6 pairs of black socks. In complete darkness, how many socks would you need to pull out to get a matching pair of the same color?

5. If, having only one match, on a freezing winter day, you entered a room which contained a lamp, a kerosene heater, and a wood burning stove, which should you light first.
1. Three
2. Nine minutes
3. Q
4. 4
5. The Match
 

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shakermaker said:
1. Three
2. Nine minutes
3. Q
4. 4
5. The Match
agree with you on the socks one as socks are not shaped left or right (simple now you've mentioned it:shame:) but how come only 3 gloves, could have 3 of same hand?
 

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Domski said:
agree with you on the socks one as socks are not shaped left or right (simple now you've mentioned it:shame:) but how come only 3 gloves, could have 3 of same hand?
Oops, yeah, sorry I thought it was a "sock" one again as i've heard it a few times.

If its gloves then - 13, so that at the worst case you may pull out the six black left handed ones, the six brown left handed ones and one of either colour from the other hand
 

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Vastra - 3 out of 5
Domski - 3 out of 5
Scotty0409 - 3 out of 5
Mad Dog - 2
Shakermaker - 4 out of 5 then got it right - 5 out of 5!

The answers:
1. She could possibly pull out 6 black left and 6 brown left - the next one would have to make the pair.
2. 9 cuts would make 10 pieces of wood.
3. There's actually 2 answers to this - Queue and Aitch - take 4 letters away leaving Q and h.
4. is 4 - you can pull out one blue, one black and one brown, the next one out would have to make the pair.
5. you'd HAVE to light the match first before you could even attempt to light the others.
 
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