Saturday Stumper # 2

[In recent years research has suggested that exercising our brains can have a positive effect as we grow older.  Here are a few puzzles for you to play with in the order of increasing difficulty.   The correct answers will be posted tonight at 5:55 along with my source for these brain teasers.  There are two correct answers for the fourth question.  Feel free to post your answers in the comments section below.]

# 1:

A stamp collector paid $100,000 for a stamp
and then deliberately destroyed it. Why? 

# 2:

A father took his son to hospital for 
emergency treatment after an accident. 
The doctor on seeing the boy, exclaimed, 
“I can’t operate on him – he’s my son!” 
How can this be?  [The son was not adopted, nor a step-son.)  

# 3:

What is it?: 
the people who make it don’t want it, 
the people who buy it don’t use it for themselves and 
the people who use it don’t know. 

# 4

A game-show contestant reaches the final challenge: Two security guards are each holding identical closed brief cases. In one there is $1m of banknotes; in the other a few of last week’s newspapers. The guards know what is in each case. The contestant is told that one guard will lie and the other will tell the truth – but not which guard is which. He is then told that he can ask one guard just one question, and then he must choose one case or the other. What question should he ask?

[The source and answers will be posted this evening. Good thinking!]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to Saturday Stumper # 2

  1. Sal’s answers have been removed so viewers will be able to consider the questions and answering them for themselves.”

    #1: correct
    #2: correct
    #3: incorrect
    #4: correct, but no extra credit.

  2. Karen Stuebing says:

    Good job, Karen. I think you were four for four.

  3. Barbara Lilly says:

    1. So people would not know he purchased a fake stamp.

    2. The doctor was the boys mother.

    3. Casket.

    4. Look them in the eye and ask if try have the briefcase with 1ml and if one says yes he has it choose the other.

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