The Christmas Quiz – with Answers

Here is the Quiz which went out in the Christmas Newsletter 1. What word has just three syllables yet contains 26 letters? (Lateral one to start with.) 2. What is the longest word in which all the letters come from the second half of the alphabet (Something you eat at Christmas – 7 letters). 3. What is the longest word which forms another word when spelt backwards? (One word is something you... Read More--

Remarkable Words make Great Puzzles

Des MacHale and I have put together a word puzzle book that contains some great puzzles about remarkable words.  For instance try these questions: What is the longest word containing just one vowel used once? What is the longest word containing just one vowel used as many times as you like? What is the shortest word which uses all five vowels? What is the longest country name which has alternating... Read More--

Never odd or even – and other great palindromes

Palindromes are words or sentences that read the same forward as backward. Good examples of palindromic words are: kayak, racecar, deified, madam Rotavator, redivider and Malayalam at 9 letters each are generally agreed to be the longest single word palindromes. Malayalam is a language used predominantly in the state of Kerala in India. There are a number of names that are palindromes – Bob,... Read More--

Top Ten Lateral Thinking Puzzles – the Answers

Please read the questions  first before reading the answers: 1. The man in the Elevator The man is (of course) a dwarf. Variants of this puzzle include the clue that on rainy days he goes up in the elevator to the tenth floor (he uses his umbrella!) 2. The Man in the Bar The man had hiccups. The barman recognized this from his speech and drew the gun in order to give him a shock. It worked and cured... Read More--

The Top Ten Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Lateral thinking puzzles are strange situations in which you are given a little information and then have to find the explanation. They are solved through a dialogue between the quizmaster who sets the puzzle and the solver or solvers who try to figure out the answer. The puzzles as stated generally do not contain sufficient information for the solver to uncover the solution. So a key part of the process... Read More--