Challenge Cafe

We are a bit later today with our Challenge Cafe, any way we are here now with our Young @Heart Ladies and Him Indoors men for this week’s virtual meeting.

Last week we brought you some brain teasers for kids and adults, the answers are at the end of this page.

This week we have a few challenges for you to try

Activity 1

Creature Anagrams

  • LONE EGG DEAL (6,5)
  • LAST BOARS (9)
  • A LONE PET (8)
  • ANY CAR (6)
  • SO EMU (5)
  • NO CALF (6)
  • AT GORILLA (9)
  • MAIN GOLF (8)
  • A RADAR CUB (9)
  • RAPTOR (6)
  • NIP HOLD (7)
  • GREAT DRIP (9)
  • A MALL (5)
  • A PENCIL (7)
  • OR BELTS (7)
  • PAROLED (7)
  • FIG FEAR (7)

Activity 2

Our next activity is a new one but we hope is a bit fun and if all goes well we may make a special series of them up.

Grid references:

  1. A B C G I J K
  2. B F I
  3. A B C E I
  4. B G I K
  5. A C G J
  6. B E F G I K

You just shade the grid in below to using the code above.


Teaser 1

You are in a cabin and it is pitch black. You have one match on you. Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp, the candle, or the fire?

Answer: You light the match first!

Teaser 2

Who is bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, or their baby?

Answer: The baby, because he is a little bigger.

Teaser 3

How far can a rabbit run into the woods?

Answer: Halfway. After that, he is running out of the woods.

Teaser 4

In a year, there are 12 months. Seven months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?

Answer: They all do.

Teaser 5

Jimmy’s mother had four children. She named the first Monday. She named the second Tuesday, and she named the third Wednesday. What is the name of the fourth child?

Answer: Jimmy, because Jimmy’s mother had four children!

Teaser 6

You are driving a bus. At the first stop, two women get on. The second stop, three men get on and one woman gets off. At the third stop, three kids and their mom get on, and a man gets off. The bus is grey, and it is raining outside. What color is the bus driver’s hair?

Answer: Whatever color your hair is! Remember, you are the bus driver!


Teaser 7

I have no voice, yet I speak to you.
I tell of all things in the world that people do.I have leaves, but I am not a tree.I have pages, but I am not a bride.I have a spine, but I am not a man.I have hinges, but I am not a door.I have told you all. I cannot tell you more.What am I?

Answer: A book

Teaser 8

You are a cyclist in a cross-country race. Just before the crossing finish line, you overtake the person in second place. In what place did you finish?

Answer: Second Place. If you pass the person in second, you take second place, and they become third.

Teaser 9

You are in a cookie factory, and need to make a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies. The recipe calls for exactly 4 cups of sugar. Problem is that you have two buckets. One bucket holds 5 cups, the other 3 cups. Using these buckets, how can you measure exactly 4 cups of sugar?

Answers: This is possible, and there are two ways to do it:

Solution 1: Fill the 3-cup bucket and pour it into the 5-cup bucket. Fill the 3-cup bucket again, and pour it into the 5-cup bucket until the 5-cup bucket is full. That will leave exactly 1 cup of sugar in the 3-cup bucket. Dump out the 5-cup bucket, and dump the 1 cup from the 3-cup bucket into the empty 5-cup bucket. This leaves 1 cup in the 5-cup bucket. Now fill the 3-cup bucket again and add it to the 5-cup bucket. Now you have exactly 4 cups of sugar in the 5-cup bucket!

Solution 2: Fill the 5-cup bucket. Pour it into the 3-cup bucket. This leaves 2 cups in the 5-cup bucket. Dump out the 3-cup bucket. Now pour the 2 cups from the 5 cup into the 3 cup. Refill the 5 cup. Now pour the 5 cup into the 3 cup until the 3 cup is full. That will leave exactly 4 cups in the 5-cup bucket!

Teaser 10

A man is on a game show. He is presented with two doors, one on the left, and one on the right. Behind one is 2 million dollars, and behind the other is a donkey. Choose the correct door to win the prize. There are also two men in front of the doors, and they know which door leads to the millions. One wears a black hat, and the other wears a white hat.The host explains that one of the men is a liar, and will always lie, and the other man will always tell the truth – but you do not know which is which.You can ask only one of the men only one question. What is the question, and which man do you ask to ensure you win the money?

Answer: You ask either man the following question: “If I asked the other guy which door has the money, what would he say?” and then choose the opposite door. Work it out: If you ask the question to the liar, he will lie about the ‘correct’ answer, so you must choose the opposite door. If you ask the truth teller, he will tell the truth about the lie, so you can choose the opposite door as well.

Teaser 11

I left my campsite and hiked south for 3 miles. Then I turned east and hiked for 3 miles. I then turned north and hiked for 3 miles, at which time I came upon a bear inside my tent eating my food! What color was the bear?

Answer: White. The only place you can hike 3 miles south, then east for 3 miles, then north for 3 miles and end up back at your starting point is the North Pole. There are only polar bears in the North Pole, and they are white!

Teaser 12

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.Each wife had seven sacks,Each sack had seven cats,Each cat had seven kits.Kits, cats, sacks and wives,How many were going to St. Ives?

Answer: One. Only I was going to St. Ives

We hope you enjoy these teasers, we will share the answers next week. If you think you know the answers let us know in the comments.