**1.**Can you find a word of nine letters from which you can delete one letter at a time and yet always give another valid world, until you get down to a single-letter word? There's no need to rearrange the letters at each stage eigther.

**2.**A woman gave birth to two boys on the same date, within about twenty minutes of each other, and yet both are not twins. How could this be?

**3.**A rope ladder hangs down the side of the ship. The rungs on the ladder are one foot apart. At low tide the water just covers the bottom rung of the ladder. At high tide, the water level has risen by three feet. How many rungs will be covered by then?

**4.**Two Indians are walking through the forest. One Indian is the son of the other , but the other is not his father. How?

**5.**A tramp can make one cigarette from three cigarette butt that he has. One day, when he completely without any smokes at all, he finds a packet of ten cigarettes.

How many full cigarettes can he smoke from these?

**6.**How far can a rabbit run into a wood?

**7.**A farmer dies and leaves his saventeen cows to his three sons with the following provision:

The eldest son is to recieve 1/2

The second son is to recieve 1/3

The youngest son is to recieve 1/9

How is the will settlled?

**8.**A man leaves his house and walks one mile due north. He then walks one mile due east, followed by one mile due south, when he arrives back at his starting point . How deos is this possible?

**9.**A friend of mine's grandfather is younger than his father. How is this possible?

**10.**A certain family ha three children, and half the children are boys. How is this?

**Answers**

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2. She has triplets

3. Still only one rung, since the goes up with the water

4. it was his mother

5. Fifteen. first he smoked the ten, giving him 10 butts. but he made three more from nine of the butts and had a butt leftover. When he would smoked these he still had four butts, which made one more cigarette, and left him with two butts.

Then a friend came along and lent him a butt which he used to make his fifteenth cigarette, and when he'd smoked that he gave his friend his butt back.

6. Half way, after that he's running out again

7. The neighbour brings a cow to make the total 18

He then gives the eldest son one half - i.e 9

cowsHe then gives the second son one-third - i.e 6 cows

He then gives his youngest son one ninth-- 1.e. 2 cows

making a total of 17 cows. So he then takes his own cow home

8. There are infinite places where this could occur. The most obvious of these in the south pole , but he could also be at any place which is 1 mile south of a point where the cross section of earth is a circle of circumference 1 mile

9. The grandfather is his mother's father

10. All the children are boys