Women Over Fifty—5 Teasers for Your Brain

Posted on September 19, 2008. Filed under: Of Mind and Matter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a recent post, I talked about cross-training your brain. Following up on that theme, I thought it might be fun to tease your little gray cells a bit. Here are five riddles that ought to challenge your synapses to fire with stimulation. So take a gander, give them your best, and then scroll down to see the answers.

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires. The second is full of assassins with loaded guns. The third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him? 

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? 

 3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away? 

 4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday? 

 5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching! 








1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right? 

2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, 

developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung). 

3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing. 

4. Sure you can name three consecutive days– yesterday, today, and tomorrow! 

5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.


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6 Responses to “Women Over Fifty—5 Teasers for Your Brain”

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I got one and two right. I thought number three was a “match”. I was definitely stumped on # 4 & 5. This is a good brain teaser. I must share it!

It’s embarrassing to learn how rusty my brain is! Still, I enjoyed the quiz completely and look forward to more. I’m trying to tell myself I’m not losing it, I’m still waking up! :)

Oh, I’m not playing! My brain is teased enough as it is! Besides I’m one of those people who reads the end of a book before the beginning sometimes – and I saw the answers, lol.

Try this next time: Post the answers a day or two later – let people play and then they have to come back to get the answers!

These are too deep for me! LOL Guess my brain is all teased out. Cute blog post!

Oh my goodness! I need help! Haha!

I got a couple right, so I am proud. Not usually my strong suit!

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