1. Hats

<P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by bandido on 11-Jul-05 19:53. To remove ambiguity.)</P>1#
As part of a team-building exercise, a special test was devised. 50 participants were placed into a darkened room, each with a coloured baseball cap upon their head. These baseball caps came in two colours, red and green, however, no participant knew the colour of their own cap. They were not allowed to communicate in any way. Their task was to assemble outside, in a line, with those wearing red caps in one half of the line and those wearing green in the other. How could they achieve this?

2#
Below, 10 nine letter words have been broken into chunks of three letters. These chunks have been mixed up, no chunk is used twice and all chunks are used. Can you determine what the 10 words are?

som one dbr pen rtm ber
nes ent ive eph eti ens
mes off eak eid sep win
erd tel day ter wed tem
aft apa own car ern oon

3#
Starting with a five letter word, change one letter to create a new word. This word is then changed by one letter to create another new word. For example, DOG, DIG, FIG etc. These words in turn mean:

a gaggle of geese
a device for measuring time
what you can do with a mouse
a baby chicken
a device to prevent wheels from moving
a surprise
a small house
a pile of cards
a small piece of wood
unable to move

4#
A ship is twice as old as the ship's boiler was when the ship was as old as the boiler is. What is the ratio of the boiler's age to the ship's age?

5#
ceelry caorrt caabbeg caefilloruw caehikort

6#
Can you find five hidden countries in the following paragraph?

Dominic had a certain way with animals, he could almost talk to them. By tickling it under the chin, a tiger would roll over and let its belly be tickled. This technique is used to good effect in gaining its trust and allows a vital yearly treatment to be performed safely, the removal of nits, whereby a special blend of malt and water is rubbed into the skin.

7#
The local river Trent is 4100 inches wide, which happens to be a fantastic number. There is a magnificent bridge which spans the river. During a recent survey of the area it was found that one seventh of the overall length of the bridge was on one side of the river and one eighth of the bridge was on the other side of the river. How long is the bridge which spans the river Trent?

2. Re: Hats

3 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">flock - clock - click - chick - chock - shock - shack - stack - stalk - stall</span hide>

3. Re: Hats

Brilliant attempt, Hans, which I will accept. However, there is a more fitting last pair of words.

4. Re: Hats

Right No.1

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"> The first two come out and stand next to each other. The next applicant should come out of the room and look at the line , if all of the caps are the same colour, they should stand at either end of the line. If any of the hats are different colours then they should stand where the caps change from green to red</span hide>

5. Re: Hats

7 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">5600 inches, of which 1/8 = 700 inches on one side and 1/7 = 800 inches on the other side of the river, leaving 5600-700-800=4100 inches for the river</span hide>

6. Re: Hats

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">... - stick - still</span hide>

7. Re: Hats

Smart <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>, <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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Spot on.

9. Re: Hats

5 <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">caehikort is the odd one out as the others start with C</span hide>

10. Re: Hats

That's exactly what I had in mind.

11. Re: Hats

I trust you have your 5 portions a day!

12. Re: Hats

OK sticking my neck out here

4.<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">3/4</span hide>

13. Re: Hats

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15. Re: Hats

very nicely done!

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