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  1. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. You eat the outside and throw away the inside.
  2. Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not.
  3. What is it that after you take away the whole, some still remains?
  4. What is wrong with this statement?
  5. What word starts with the letter e, ends with the letter e, contains just one letter, but is not the letter e?
  6. How can you take 1 from 19 and leave 20?
  7. Why are 1990 dollar bills worth more than 1989 dollar bills?
  8. A cowboy rode to an inn on Friday, stayed two nights and left on Friday. How can that be?
  9. Rearrange the following letters to make just one word: UTODWOERNJS
  10. Two fathers and two sons have a pizza that is cut in three pieces. How can each get a whole piece without cutting any?


  1. #3. The word wholesome.

  2. #2, The word “two”

  3. Eliminate #2. I meant to say “ton”. I was thinking about #9 at the same time, but don’t have that figured out yet.

  4. These things are driving me crazy. When do we get answers?

  5. Thanks to Mom I got them all except 1, 5 and 6.

  6. #4, it’s not a statement, it’s a question (?). That’s what’s wrong. I’m still working on the others. Thanks to Mom, she helped with #3 and #2. I”m still working on the rest.

  7. I just got #7, 1,990 dollar bills are worth more than 1,989. I love stuff like this! Thanks for getting my mind to think deeply.

  8. For everyone’s information, I finally got them all. I was wrong on #5, and got a different answer from the correct one on #8, but I think mine was OK, kinda roundabout and not easy, like hers.

  9. Whew- thanks to google I got them all figured out. Now I can go to bed and sleep! 🙂

  10. Mom, what alternative answer did you come up with for number 8?

  11. I thought that the man took his horse to have its hooves trimmed, or a shoe made for one he had thrown on Wednesday, then walked to the Inn, stayed Wed. and Thurs. nights, then walked to the blacksmith on Friday, got his horse, rode to the Inn to pick up the rest of his stuff, and check out, then rode out.

    Made sense to me!

  12. His horse was named Friday.

  13. But Mom, then he wouldn’t have ridden to the inn on Friday, as the riddle states. I can’t follow your logic…

  14. I think Mom figured he stayed two nights at the inn before he rode there, but of course, the correct answer is (as Don states) the horse’s name was Friday.

    Here’s the rest of the answers:

    1. corn on the cob
    2. ton / not
    3. wholesome
    4. it’s a question, not a statement
    5. envelope
    6. Roman numerals XIX / XX
    7. $1,990 > $1,989
    8. horse’s name was Friday
    9. just one word
    10. grandfather, father, son

  15. What’s the deal with Grapenuts? No grapes, no nuts!

  16. Dale, you’ve been watching too much Seinfeld!

  17. Coming up on a month between updates. The blog police are watching…

  18. I know, but I can’t think of a thing to blog about. Next week: new carpet, then Halloween costumes, then my NYC trip, but until then… I got nothing.

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