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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:29 am

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A man stands before a judge having been convicted of murder. The Judge says "Although your guilt is beyond all doubt, I cannot in good conscience send you to prison".

Why?

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:35 pm

lovedust wrote:
eddie wrote:I've got one:

A man is running full pelt, along a corridor with a piece of paper in his hand.
Suddenly the  lights flicker uncontrollably and the man drops to his knees and cries out, "Oh no! I'm too late!"

Why?

^ Oh this is a great one.

Think I've heard the solution already so unfortunately for me I'll have to withdraw.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:37 pm

eddie wrote:
Sassy wrote:The bit of paper has the code for the electricity system to keep running?

Or the paper is irrelevant and he simply forgot to put a coin in the meter lol

Nope  Razz 

Oh well, it was worth a try lol

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:54 pm

Come on peeps! Think hard  scratch 

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:23 pm

Thinking, but watching the football lol

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:30 pm

the paper is a stay of execution

the flickering lights are the "victim" being fried....

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:05 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:the paper is a stay of execution

the flickering lights are the "victim" being fried....

Oh I bet that is right!

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:34 am

Sassy wrote:
victorisnotamused wrote:the paper is a stay of execution

the flickering lights are the "victim" being fried....

Oh I bet that is right!  

Well done vic  cheers 

Your turn  bounce 

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:47 am

ok

there is a hut in the desert

only ONE set of foot prints leading TO the hut

the door is locked from the inside

the roof beams are for too high to reach from the floor

there is a rope TIED to the highest roof beam

hanging from the roof beam by a rope is a hanged man
there are NO other items in the hut

there is however a damp patch directly under the hanged man


what happened......

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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:01 am

Bloke carried a block of ice into the hut. Stood on it, tied the noose round his neck then either jumped off the ice or waited for it to melt. By the time they found him, the ice had melted and largely dried.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:50 pm

yep andy...your turn... cheers 

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:04 pm

Oh I knew that one!!!
Damn and blast.

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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:23 pm

A man comes up to the border of a country on
his motorbike. He has three large sacks on his
bike. The customs officer at the border
crossing stop him and asks, “What is in the
sacks?”
“Sand,” answered the man.
The guard says, “We’ll see about that. Get off
the bike.”
The guard takes the sacks and rips them apart;
he empties them out and finds nothing in them
but sand. He detains the man overnight and
has the sand analysed, only to find that there is
nothing but pure sand in the bags. The guard
releases the man, puts the sand into new bags,
lifts them onto the man’s shoulders and lets
him cross the border.
A week later, the same thing happens. The
customs officer asks, “What have you got?”
“Sand,” says the man.
The officer does another thorough examination
and again discovers that the sacks contain
nothing but sand. He gives the sand back to
the man, and the man again crosses the
border.
This sequence of events repeats every day for
the next three years. Then one day, the man
doesn’t show up. The border official meets up
with him in a restaurant in the city. The officer
says, “I know you’re smuggling something and
it’s driving me crazy. It’s all I think about. I
can’t even sleep. Just between you and me,
what are you smuggling?”
What is the man smuggling?

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:34 pm

Motorbikes?

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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:37 pm

That was too easy, Sassy. Next time I will post an impossibly difficult one.
Your turn now.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:50 pm

Oh Hell, will have a think!

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:52 pm

A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask, stands at a crossroads in a totally black-painted town. All of the streetlights in town are broken. There is no moon. A black-painted car without headlights drives straight toward him, but turns in time and doesn't hit him. How did the driver know to swerve?

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:03 pm

It was day time

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:12 pm

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:13 pm

I'm in a room with 2 windows and two doors

all windows and doors face south

whats the colour of the bear?

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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:15 pm

1. The man in the Elevator
A man lives on the tenth floor of a
building. Every day he takes the
elevator to go down to the ground
floor to go to work or to go shopping.
When he returns he takes the elevator
to the seventh floor and walks up the
stairs to reach his apartment on the
tenth floor. He hates walking so why
does he do it?
2. The Man in the Bar
A man walks into a bar and asks the
barman for a glass of water. The
barman pulls out a gun and points it at
the man.
3. The Man who Hanged Himself
Not far from Madrid, there is a large
wooden barn. The barn is completely
empty except for a dead man hanging
from the middle of the central rafter.
The rope around his neck is ten feet
long and his feet are three feet off the
ground. The nearest wall is 20 feet
away from the man. It is not possible
to climb up the walls or along the
rafters. The man hanged himself.
4. Death in a Field
A man is lying dead in a field. Next to
him there is an unopened package.
There is no other creature in the field.
How did he die?
5. Anthony and Cleopatra
Anthony and Cleopatra are lying dead
on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby
is a broken bowl. There is no mark on
either of their bodies and they were not
poisoned. How did they die?
6. The Coal, Carrot and Scarf
Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a
scarf are lying on the lawn. Nobody
put them on the lawn but there is a
perfectly logical reason why they
should be there. What is it?
7. Trouble with Sons
A woman had two sons who were born
on the same hour of the same day of
the same year. But they were not
twins. How could this be so?
8. Push that Car
A man pushed his car. He stopped
when he reached a hotel at which point
he knew he was bankrupt. Why?
9. The Arm of the Postal Service
One day a man received a parcel in
the post. Carefully packed inside was
a human arm. He examined it,
repacked it and then sent it on to
another man. The second man also
carefully examined the arm before
taking it to the woods and burying it.
Why did they do this?
10. The Elder Twin
One day Kerry celebrated her birthday.
Two days later her older twin brother,
Terry, celebrated his birthday. How
come?
11. Heaven
A man died and went to Heaven. There
were thousands of other people there.
They were all naked and all looked as
they did at the age of 21. He looked
around to see if there was anyone he
recognised. He saw a couple and he
knew immediately that they were Adam
and Eve. How did he know?
12. Friday
A man rode into town on Friday. He
stayed for three nights and then left on
Friday. How come?
13. Manhole Covers
Why is it better to have round manhole
covers than square ones?
14. The Deadly Party
A man went to a party and drank some
of the punch. He then left early.
Everyone else at the party who drank
the punch subsequently died of
poisoning. Why did the man not die?
15. The Deadly Dish
Two men went into a restaurant. They
both ordered the same dish from the
menu. After they tasted it, one of the
men went outside the restaurant and
shot himself. Why?
16. The Realization
A man was walking downstairs in a
building when he suddenly realized that
his wife had just died. How?
17. The Blind Beggar
A blind beggar had a brother who died.
What relation was the blind beggar to
the brother who died? (Brother is not
the answer).
18. The Broken Match
A man is found dead in a field. He is
clutching a broken match. What
happened?
19. The Music Stopped
The music stopped. She died. Explain.
20. Swimmer in the Forest
Deep in the forest was found the body
of a man who was wearing only
swimming trunks, snorkel and
facemask. The nearest lake was 8
miles away and the sea was 100 miles
away. How had he died?

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Post by Angry Andy on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:17 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:I'm in a room with 2 windows and two doors

all windows and doors face south

whats the colour of the bear?
White , its a polar bear and everything faces south because it is at the north pole (although polar bears dont live at that latitude)

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:50 pm

HA in answer to the number one:
He's a midget

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:16 pm

1. The elevator only goes to the 7th floor, in the morning he walks down to the 7th and takes it to the ground.

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:23 pm

Sassy wrote:1.   The elevator only goes to the 7th floor, in the morning he walks down to the 7th and takes it to the ground.

Nope.
He's a midget - he can't reach the number 10 on the elevator buttons

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:24 pm

Answer to number six.
The snowman melted!!

Number 19: was she on life support and the power went out?


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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:24 pm

eddie wrote:
Sassy wrote:1.   The elevator only goes to the 7th floor, in the morning he walks down to the 7th and takes it to the ground.

Nope.
He's a midget - he can't reach the number 10 on the elevator buttons

 lol! lol! lol! 

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:25 pm

Number 19: was she on life support and the power went out?

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:26 pm

10. They were in different time zones.

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:26 pm

Number 12: Friday was a horse  ::dedhrs:: 

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:27 pm

11 Adam was missing a rib.

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:28 pm

eddie wrote:Answer to number six.
The snowman melted!!

Number 19: was she on life support and the power went out?

Number 12: Friday was a horse

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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:31 pm

eddie wrote:
eddie wrote:Answer to number six.
The snowman melted!!

Number 19: was she on life support and the power went out?

Number 12: Friday was a horse  

Number 7: they were two,sets of triplets?

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:34 pm

eddie wrote:
eddie wrote:

Number 12: Friday was a horse  

Number 7: they were two,sets of triplets?

Or they were two brothers and a sister born as triplets, same thing really.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:20 pm


@HA: Guesses:

(re q.14): the man drank punch and then poisoned the bowl?
(re q.18): The man died in a gas explosion which destroyed the building he'd been in?

Re. q.9:
Are the people handling the postal arm acting in an official capacity?
Are they criminals?
Are they burying the arm with the rest of someone's remains?
Were they lost in the woods?
Were they friends of the deceased?

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Post by Angry Andy on Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:45 am

Answers to them all all here. Dont read them yet, only if you give up.





1. The man is a dwarf, and can only
reach the button for 8th floor.
2. The man had hiccups. The barman
recognized this from his speeneeded
drew the gun in order to give him a
shock. It worked and cured the
hiccups - so the man no longer needed
the water.
3. He climbed on a block of ice which
has since melted.
4. The man had jumped from a plane
but his parachute had failed to open. It
is the unopened package.
5. Anthony and Cleopatra werer
goldfish whose bowl was knocked
over.
6. They were used by children who
made a snowman. The snow has now
melted.
7. They were two of a set of triplets
8. He was playing Monopoly.
9. The three men had been stranded
on a desert island. Desperate for food,
they had agreed to amputate their left
arms in order to eat them. They swore
an oath that each would have his left
arm cut off. One of them was a doctor
and he cut the arms off his two
companions. They were then rescued.
But his oath was still binding so he
later had to have his arm amputated
and sent to his colleagues.
10. At the time she went into labor, the
mother of the twins was travelling by
boat. The older twin, Terry, was born
first early on March 1st. The boat then
crossed the International Date line (or
any time zone line) and Kerry, the
younger twin, was born on February
the 28th. In a leap year the younger
twin celebrates her birthday two days
before her older brother.
11. He recognized Adam and Eve as
the only people without navels.
Because they were not born of women,
they had never had umbilical cords
and therefore they never had navels.
12. The man's horse was called Friday.
13. A square manhole cover can be
turned and dropped down the diagonal
of the manhole. A round manhole
cannot be dropped down the manhole.
So for safety and practicality, all
manhole covers should be round.
14. The poison in the punch came
from the ice cubes. When the man
drank the punch the ice was fully
frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning
the punch.
15. The dish that the two men ordered
was albatross. They had been stranded
many years earlier on a desert island.
When the man tasted albatross he
realized that he had never tasted it
before. This meant that the meat he
had been given on the island was not
albatross as he had been told. He
correctly deduced that he had eaten
the flesh of his son who had died when
they first reached the island.
16. The man had visited his wife in
hospital. She was on a life-support
machine. As he was walking down the
stairs all the lights went out. There had
been a power cut and the emergency
back-up systems had failed. He knew
that she had died.
17. The blind beggar was the sister of
her brother who died.
18. He and a number of other
passengers were making a balloon trip
in a desperate attempt to flee a
country. The balloon had to lose
weight to stop it from crashing. He
drew the short match and had to jump.
19. She was a circus tight-rope walker
who walked blindfolded over a high
wire. The band played as she crossed
and when the music stopped it was the
signal that she had reached the end of
the walk and could safely alight. One
day the conductor was taken ill and the
stand-in conductor ended the piece of
music too early. She stepped off to her
death.
20. During a forest fire, a fire-fighting
plane had scooped up some water
from the lake to drop on the fire. The
plane had accidentally picked up the
unfortunate swimmer.

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Post by eddie on Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:58 am

cheers Got mine right!!

I worked out the punch bowl one....the ice had poison in it and that was what was left at the end of the punch

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