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War of the Minds - Assorted Questions

I21 - Sports
What sports stadium was built on Coogan's Bluff?
I20 - Culture
Life gets more exciting with each passing day,
and love is either in your heart or on its way.

If you should survive to a hundred and five,
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive.

Fairy tales can come true.
It can happen to you.

If you're _______________________?

I19 - History
The "Warrior Pope" hired Donato Bramante. What job did he hire him to do? Who was the "Warrior Pope"?
I18 - Religion
When Cyrus the Persian was King of Babylon, he worshipped an idol called Bel. Bel was said to eat each day twelve bushels of fine flour, forty sheep, and fifty gallons of wine. Daniel told the King, "This Bel of yours is only clay inside and bronze outside, and has never eaten anything." The King, of course, did not believe Daniel. How did Daniel prove his point? Where did all the food go? Specifically, where do we find this story?
I17 - History
In 1873 Henry Wickham arrived in the Amazon River basin. He was on a secret mission for the British government. Why was he in Brazil? Was his mission a success?
I16 - Literature
One of the few American authors to win the Nobel prize for literature, he had a poodle named Charley. Who was he? For what work did he win the prize? Name two other Americans who also won the Nobel prize for literature.
I15 - History
In the middle of the night large bands of armed men on horseback called "night riders" raided farms burning barns and beating farmers and their families. They captured towns in western Kentucky and burned warehouses. This was part of an episode in American history known as the "Black Patch" war. When did this occur and what was the cause of the "Black Patch" war?
I14 - Literature
Author of "Man with a Bull Tongue Plow" and "Taps for Private Tussie"?
I13 - Poetry
"I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy--I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it--
Came out with a fortune last fall--
Yet somehow life's not what I thought it,
and somehow the gold isn't all.

Name the poem and the poet?

I12 - Math
Joe flips a quarter. Harry bets him a dime even money that it will land heads. It lands heads. Harry wins. They make the same bet again and the same thing happens.

After Harry wins the third toss, Joe begins to think. "The coin has landed heads three times in a row. It is very unlikely that a coin tossed would land heads four times in a row. (The actual odds are 1 in 16.) I have lost 30 cents. I need to regain my losses."

Joe says to Harry, "I will bet you one dollar against your 50 cents that the coin will not land heads again."

Should Harry take the bet? Explain?

I11 - History
He would have been murdered in his bed by a committee of his townspeople. But in September 622 he and Abu Bekr arrived in this town as a result of the Hegira. Who was he? Where did they arrive? What town did they flee?
I10 - Sports
Explain the "infield fly rule", its purpose, and the circumstances under which it applies.
I9 - Literature
In the city on the hill the King, Priam, reigned with Hecuba, his Queen. Below on the plain where the river, Scamander, flowed to the sea, Agamemnon, son of Atreus and King of Argos, laid siege with his army. What story is this, in what book, written by whom? Who won the battle? How? Why the heck had Agamemnon come there with his army in the first place?
I8 - Sports
Who were the only two pitchers to ever pitch no-hitters through nine innings in the same baseball game?
I7 - History
Darius the Great, King of Persia, had an army which suffered only one defeat. 30,000 Persian soldiers were defeated by an army of 7,000 soldiers in 490 B. C. Who were the victors and what was the name of the battle and how far did the victors have to travel to return home from the battle.
I6 - Sports
What was "Merkle's Boner" and what was its effect?
I5 - History
The information revolution and the first dirt trail of what was to become the information super highway could be said to have had its beginnings in 1450-1455. Why?
I4 - Literature
Who wrote "After Many a Summer Dies the Swan"? Name one other book written by this author.
I3 - Literature
Rima, bird girl of the Amazon jungle, was a creation of what author in what novel?
I2 - History
Who was the famous son of Phillip of Macedonia?
I1 - History
What was "Seward's Folly"?
II15 - Culture
A South African film with a cult following, it is about the quest of an aborigine named Ki to throw a Coke bottle off the edge of the world. What is the name of the movie and why did Ki want to get rid of the Coke bottle?
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II14 - History
In the nineteenth century Fisk and Ramsey fought from Albany to Binghamton. Eventually Ramsey won. Over what did they fight?
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II13 - History
The original Drug Czar was Lin Tse-hsü. When and where?
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II12 - Culture
It is the late 1950s. You are approached by a stranger. He introduces himself. He is Michael Anthony. He gives you a tax free check for $1,000,000.00. He says it is from an anonymous benefactor and that the money is yours to do with as you wish subject to two conditions. You can tell no one the amount of the gift or where you got it. If you do you will forfeit whatever amount remains. Who is your anonymous benefactor?
II11 - Sports
A league leading pitcher, he was the second major league baseball player ever to throw a perfect game. After his pitching arm went bad he became the best shortstop of his era. He invented the pitcher's mound and the intentional walk. He earned a law degree from Columbia University and was the President of the Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players. Who was this baseball pioneer?
II10 - Sports
The only player in Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury suffered on the field during a Major League baseball game was a batter hit by a pitch. Who was the batter? Who was the pitcher? In what year did this occur? What teams were involved?
II9 - History
He unified his warrior people in the 13th century and by the time of his death had established the largest empire the world has ever seen. Feared as a barbarian, he was known for his cruelty. He is said to have slaughtered at least 39 million people. He nonetheless is considered to have been the founder of a basis for a cultural awakening, expanded trade, and freedom of religion in a time of religious repression. Who was this mighty conqueror?
II8 - Mythology
The Norse Goddess of love and beauty, she was also a warrior goddess. Who was she? What animals pulled her chariot? How did she acquire her precious Brisings' necklace?
II7 - Literature
His father was Mudjekeewis, the West-Wind. His mother was Wenonah, daughter of Nokomis. When his father deserted his mother she died of anguish, so he was raised by his grandmother, Nokomis. When he reached manhood he sought and found his father on the gusty summits of the Rocky Mountains. His father said,
    "Welcome, to the kingdom of the West-Wind!
    Long have I been waiting for you!
    Youth is lovely, age is lonely,
    Youth is fiery, age is frosty;
    You bring back the days departed,
    You bring back my youth of passion,
    And the beautiful Wenonah!"
Who was this fictional boy of nature and environmentalist?
Who wrote what epic poem in which we read of his life?
II6 - History
On April 12th and 13th, 1861, Confederate troops under Brigadier General Beauregard bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The fort was defended by Union troops under Major Robert Anderson. The fort was burned and later surrendered. In spite of the heavy artillery fire from both sides during the two day battle no one was killed on either side. However, two union soldiers were killed and three wounded the next day during the formal ceremony of surrender. They were firing their cannon in salute to the American flag when a pile of cartridges exploded prematurely. What is the connection between this battle and the game of baseball?
II5 - Literature
Alec Leamas, George Smiley and Liz Gold were characters from what novel written by what English diplomat who was once an Intelligence officer in Austria?
II4 - Literature
The Devil, we're told, in hell was chained,
And a thousand years he there remained,
And he never complained, nor did he groan,
But determined to start a hell of his own
Where he could torment the souls of men
Without being chained to a prison pen.

So he asked the Lord if he had on hand
Anything left when He made the land."

Well it happened that the Lord did have plenty on hand but he told the devil that "the stuff is so poor, I don't think you could use it in hell any more."
But the devil went down to look at the truck,
And said if it came as a gift, he was stuck;
For after examining it careful and well
He concluded the place was too dry for hell.
So in order to get it off his hands
God promised the devil to water the lands.
Where was this God forsaken place?
II3 - Literature
A prolific writer she spent most of her life in her house until her death in 1886. She had a very close (some said romantic) relationship with her brother's wife. Who was this well known author?
II2 - Culture
That toddling town that Billy Sunday could not shut down?
II1 - History
It started on a late Saturday night in September in a baker's shop on Pudding Lane. The fire was spread by a dry wind and burned the bridge across the river on Sunday. By the time it burned itself out on Wednesday, it had destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, a custom house, a post office and a cathedral. Where was this great fire and in what year did it occur?
III5 - History
In the early 17th century the Pope gave him permission to write a book discussing both Aristotelian and Copernican theories. The permission granted contained two conditions: he would not take sides and he would come to the conclusion that man could not determine how the world worked because God could bring about any effects he wanted in ways unimagined by man, who could not place restrictions on God's omnipotence. The book was published in 1632 and was immmediately greeted throughout Europe as a literary and philosophical masterpiece. The Pope then regretted permitting the book to be published and brought the author before the Inquisition. Who was this famous author and what was the title of his book?
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III4 - Science
When Einstein formulated the General Theory of Relativity he added a so- called, ``cosmological constant''. Einstein later said, "The cosmological constant was the greatest mistake of my life." Why did he add it and what discovery proved it to be a mistake?
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III3 - Mathematics
Give examples of and discuss transcendental numbers?
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III2 - Agriculture
My soil test results report recommends 300 pounds of 5-10-15 per acre on my 30 acre pasture field. How many pounds each of 34-0-0, 18-46-0 and 0-0-60 must I mix to spread on my field to satisfy the soil test recommendations?
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III1 - History
In 1842 Alexander Cartwright and his Knickerbockers began play in Madison Square in New York. What were they playing?
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IV14 - Music
Song Lyrics:
        Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
        The unborn grass lies waiting
        For its coat to turn to green
Who or what?
        Speaks to me of flowers
        That will bloom again in spring
        When I was young my heart was young then too
        Anything that it would tell me
        That's the thing that I would do
        But now I feel such emptiness within
        For the thing that I want most in life's
        The thing that I can't win
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IV13 - Culture - Song lyrics
A popular song:
      Although I know it's strictly taboo
      When you arouse a need in me
      My heart says, "Yes, Indeed" in me
      Proceed with what you're leading me to
      It's such an ancient pitch
      But one that I'd never switch
      For there's no nicer _________  than you.
Fill in the blank (one word).
      I've got no defense for it
      The heat is too intense for it
      What good would common sense for it do?
What is it? (It's the name of the song.)
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IV12 - Music
With four hungry children and a crop in the field, who did what?
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IV11 - History
For about 250 years Tokugawa ruled in Edo. When did this occur? Where was Edo?
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IV10 - Literature
From the same work:
       Beware the ides of March.
Why? What may happen then?
       He has a lean and hungry look;
       He thinks too much:  such men are dangerous.
       Cowards die many times before their deaths; 
       The valiant never taste of death but once. 
       Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, 
       It seems to me most strange that men should fear; 
       Seeing that death, a necessary end, 
       Will come when it will come. 
Who is the speaker?
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IV9 - History
What is this?

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IV8 - Games
The playing board for an old game looks like this.

What is the game?

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IV7 - History
Among all the records kept by Indians of North America in the 19th century and particularly in the pictographic "winter counts" kept by the Sioux there is a common theme in referring to the winter of 1833/1834. What happened then that seemed so significant to the Indians?
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IV6 - Art
It has been said that in the 1920s one in four American homes contained a copy of a painting or illustration by this American artist born in 1870. His works included "Moonrise" and the mural, "Old King Cole" painted in 1895 for the Mask and Wig Club. He had a yearly calendar contract with Edison Mazda (General Electric). Who was this famous artist?
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IV5 - Art and Literature
Two Part question on related themes.

Name the work and the artist?

        From my youth upwards 
        My spirit walk'd not with the souls of men,  
        Nor look'd upon the earth with human eyes; 
        The thirst of their ambition was not mine; 
        The aim of their existence was not mine; 
        My joys, my griefs, my passions, and my powers, 
        Made me a stranger; though I wore the form,    
        I had no sympathy with breathing flesh, 
        Nor midst the creatures of clay that girded me 
        Was there but one who- but of her anon. 
        I said with men, and with the thoughts of men, 
        I held but slight communion; but instead, 
        My joy was in the Wilderness, to breathe
        The difficult air of the iced mountain's top,
        Where the birds dare not build, nor insect's wing 
        Flit o'er the herbless granite; or to plunge 
        Into the torrent, and to roll along 
        On the swift whirl of the new breaking wave 
        Of river-stream, or ocean, in their flow. 
        In these my early strength exulted; or 
        To follow through the night the moving moon, 
        The stars and their development, or catch 
        The dazzling lightnings till my eyes grew dim; 
        Or to look, list'ning, on the scatter'd leaves,
        While Autumn winds were at their evening song. 
        These were my pastimes, and to be alone; 
        For if the beings, of whom I was one,-
        Hating to be so,- cross'd me in my path, 
        I felt myself degraded back to them,
        And was all clay again.
Name the work and the author? Where was the character when he said these words?
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IV4 - History
According to a recent column by a popular newspaper columnist, during its history of nearly half a century, only one member of NATO has ever had its territory invaded by the armed forces of another nation. What two nations were involved, when, and what was the outcome?
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IV3 - History
When he conquered Kalinga in 225 B.C., he was disgusted by what he saw of the cruelties and horrors of war. He declared that he would no longer seek conquest by war, but by religion, and the rest of his life was devoted to the spreading of Buddhism throughout the world. Who was this, the only military monarch on record who abandoned warfare after victory?
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IV2 - Science?
Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. Huh?
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IV1 - Literature
When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.
Ere the set of sun.
Who will do what in thunder, lightning or in rain? Where? With whom?
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V6 - Math - Topology
The first one-sided surface (pictured below) was discovered in the early nineteenth century and is named for its discoverer. What is it called?

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V5 - Literature
How could he possibly be?
        "At once a cook, and a captain bold,
             And the mate of the Nancy brig,
        And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
             And the crew of the captain's gig."

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V4 - Literature
Name the work and the author?
    Were you ever out in the great alone, when the moon was awful clear,
    And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear;
    With only the howl of a timber wolf, and you camped there in the cold,
    A half-dead thing in the stark, dead world, clean mad for the muck called gold;
    While high overhead, green, yellow and red, the North Lights swept in bars --

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V3 - Math
Radio station A is 312 miles directly north of station B. Shortly before noon both stations receive distress signals from a ship, C. The bearing of C from A was found to be South 65 degrees 28 minutes East and the bearing of C from B was North 75 degrees 18 minutes East. If a plane left B at noon flying at 280 mph, at what time did it reach the ship? Explain your calculations.
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V2 - History
What happened from October 5 through October 14, 1582?
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V1 - History
Barefooted, clad in a coarse garment, riding on an ass, and bearing a huge cross, this man travelled about France and Germany, and everywhere harangued vast crowds in church or street or market-place. He led great unruly mobs of people to their massacre in Hungary and across the Bophorus. Who was this character of the end of the first century of the present millennium and what movement did he help to initiate?
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V8 - Literature
She was a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Her cheeks were like halves of a pomegranate. Her two breasts were like two fawns that feed among the lilies.
He was as an apple tree among the trees of the wood. He was like a gazelle or a young stag. He pastured his flock among the lilies.
The voice of the turtledove was heard in the land.
Where do we read of this couple? (Hint: Its not in the Starr Report.)
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V7 - Math
Water flowing from two pipes into a vat can fill the vat in 2 hours. It takes the smaller pipe alone 3 hours longer than the larger pipe. One day both pipes were opened simultaneously. At the end of 2 hours it was discovered that one pipe had become clogged and the vat was only half full. How many hours would each pipe alone require to fill the vat? Which pipe became clogged and how long was it clogged?
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V9 - Music
Song Lyrics:
        This land is mine, God gave this land to me
        This brave and ancient land to me
        And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plain
        Then I see a land where children can run free
        So take my hand and walk this land with me
        And walk this lovely land with me
        Though I am just a man, when you are by my side
        With the help of God, I know I can be strong
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What land?
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V10 - Math
Lewis Carroll's Problem
As cited by M. Gardner in his Mathematical Circus.
      A bag contains a counter, known to be either white or black. A
      white counter is put in, the bag is shaken, and a counter is drawn
      out, which proves to be white. What is now the chance of
      drawing a white counter? 

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V11 - Literature
For Halloween:

      Eye of newt and toe of frog, 
           Wool of bat and tongue of dog.
      What are these 
           So wither'd and so wild in their attire, 
           That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth, 
           And yet are on 't? 
      Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
           Hover through the fog and filthy air.
Identify the work and the author?
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V12 - Science
What is the purpose of the "Fly's Eye" in the Utah desert?
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V13 - Logic
A recent murder case centered around the six men, Clayton, Forbes, Graham, Holgate, McFee, and Warren. In one order or another these men were the victim, the murderer, the witness, the policeman, the judge, and the hangman. The facts of the case were simple. The victim had died instantly from the effect of a gunshot wound inflicted at close range. The witness did not see the crime committed, but swore to hearing an altercation followed by a shot. After a lengthy trial the murderer was convicted, sentenced to death, and hanged. What role did each man play in this unfortunate melodrama?
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V14 - Literature
His epic poem told about the legendary founding of the Roman nation by survivors of the destruction of Troy. It also contained an explanation for the historical animosity between Carthage and Rome. Who was this poet and what was the name of his poem named for his heroic Trojan character?
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V15 - Logic
Four men and four women are shipwrecked on a desert island. Eventually each one falls in love with one other, and is himself loved by one person. John falls in love with a girl who is, unfortunately, in love with Jim. Arthur loves a girl who loves the man who loves Ellen. Mary is loved by the man who is loved by the girl who is loved by Bruce. Gloria hates Bruce and is hated by the man whom Hazel loves. Who loves Arthur?
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V16 - History
What was the compromise of Camillus (367 B.C.)?
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V17 - Math
Supply the missing number in the following sequence:
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V18 - History
He was called "Little Boots" in Latin. What was his real name?
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VI1 - Agriculture
When my dad sowed grass in our farm fields he would sow a grass such as fescue or orchard grass or timothy and legumes, usually ladino clover and red clover. He would give me a large tub along with the clover seeds, a container of water and a package of fine black powder. My job was to pour the seeds into the tub, moisten them with water, and then thoroughly mix the black powder in until it was sticking to all the seeds. After this job my hands were covered with a wet slime of black powder. What was the black powder and why did my dad want it on all the clover seeds before he sowed them?
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VI2 - Math
A man in a boat 5 miles from the nearest point of a straight beach wishes to reach in the shortest possible time a place 5 miles from that point along the shore. If he can run 6 miles an hour, but can row only 4 miles an hour, where should he land?
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VI3 - Music
Song Lyrics:
           The game of life is hard to play   
           I'm going to lose it anyway   
           The losing card I'll someday lay   
           And this is all I have to say,
           The only way to win is cheat   
           And lay it down before I'm beat   
           And to another give a seat   
           For that's the only painless feat, 
           The sword of time will pierce our skins   
           It doesn't hurt when it begins   
           but as it works its way on in   
           The pain grows stronger - watch it grin           
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What is the NAME of the song? (not where is it from.)
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VI4 - Math
A genius came to a narrow railroad bridge and began to run across it. He had crossed three eighths of the distance when a whistle behind him warned of an approaching train. Being a genius, he instantly evaluated his alternatives. If he were to run back to the beginning of the bridge at his speed of 10 mph, he would leave the bridge at precisely the moment the train entered it. If he kept on running to the end of the bridge, the train would reach him just as he left the bridge. At what speed was the train moving? (If you wonder how he would know that, remember, he was a genius.)
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VI5 - History
He turned back the Allied invasion at Gallipoli in 1915 and expelled the Greeks from Izmir in 1919. Who was this young Turk, founder of modern Turkey?
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VI6 - Logic
If you have a balance scale, what is the minimum number of weights that can be used to weigh any number of pounds from one to forty? What are the weights?
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VI7 - Agriculture
My soil test results report recommended that my 2 acre tobacco field should have an application of 1 ton (2000 pounds) of 5-10-15 fertilizer per acre and that the source of potassium should be sulfate of potash to prevent curing and quality problems from excess cloride if muriate of potash were applied. At the fertilizer plant where they mix bulk fertilizers for the analysis required by local farmers they have available:
Material             Analysis
--------             ------- 
Muriate of potash    0-0-60  
DAP                  18-46-0 
Urea                 46-0-0  
Ammonia nitrate      34-0-0  
Sulfate of potash    0-0-50
If they mix my bulk fertilizer from DAP, Urea, and Sulfate of potash, how much actual material will be applied to my 2 acre tobacco patch?
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VI8 - Math
Where must I divide a straight line so that the ratio of the length of the entire line to the length of the longer segment is equal to the ratio of the length of the longer segment to the length of the shorter segment? When you find the larger of the two numbers which can answer this question please tell its significance and give a web reference.
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VI9 - Literature
Where did Alph, the sacred river, run through caverns measureless to man down to a sunless sea? Who decreed that what would be built there?
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VI10 - Logic
Two men are talking. One says to the other, "I have three sons whose ages I want you to ascertain from the following clues. Stop me when you know their ages.
The sum of their ages is thirteen.
The product of their ages is the same as your age.
My oldest son has one ear pierced."

"Stop," says the second man. "I know their ages."

What are they?
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VI11 - Culture
Now here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever stand
And always be remembered through the courts throughout the land
His earthly race is over, now the curtains round him fall
How will we carry him home to victory?
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VI12 - Logic
You have two hourglasses -- a four minute glass and a seven minute glass. You want to measure nine minutes. How do you do it?
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VI13 - Culture
According to the lyrics, identify the three bells in the life of Jimmy Brown.
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VI14 - History
What significant thing did Lieut. Frank P. Lahm do on September 9, 1908?
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VI15 - Mathematics and Physics
Many people are not really proficient in math and physics. That may explain why people have been known to celebrate special occasions by firing guns into the air. Suppose a soldier, in celebrating the end of a war, fires his rifle straight up into the air, not realizing that a bullet shot straight up will come straight down and will be traveling at about the same velocity when it returns as when it left the barrel of the gun. Suppose the muzzle velocity of the bullet is 400 feet per second. The distance in feet, s, a body will fall from rest in t seconds is given by the formula s=16*t*t. If the soldier does not move, what is his life expectancy? What will be the maximum height reached by the bullet? Ignore the air resistance in your calculations.
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VI16 - History
He hid rolls of 35mm film in a hollowed out pumpkin in his pumpkin patch. These were developed and used as evidence in a famous spy case. Who hid the film? Who was the alleged spy? When did this occur? This case raised the public profile of a politician who would later become President of the United States. Name him.
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VI17 - History
Where is the Sea of Moscow?
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VI18 - History
In the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion ever, over 2,000 people were killed, over 9,000 were injured and half a city was destroyed. When, where and what was the cause?
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VI19 - Math
A man buys a string 25,000 miles long and sets out to stretch it around the circumference of the earth. When he reaches his starting point, he discovers that the string is, in fact, 25000 miles and one yard long. Rather than cut the string, he decides to tie the ends together and distribute the extra 36 inches evenly around the entire circumference. How far does the string stand out from the earth because of the extra yard? (Disregard the length of the string used to tie the knot. And, yes, you can assume that the circumference of the earth is exactly 25,000 miles.)
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VII1 - Math
If a hobo can make one cigar to smoke from five cigar butts, how many cigars can he make and smoke if he finds twenty-five cigar butts?
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VII2 - Culture
        Straight overhead the orb of noon
        Beat down with brimstone breath:
        The desert wind from south and west 
        Was blistering flame and death.
        We feasted high there
        And had much milk and meat.
        The tables groaned to give us power
        Wherewith to save the wheat.
        Our beds were sweet alfalfa hay
        Within the barn-loft wide.
        The loft doors opened out upon
        The endless wheat-field tide.
        I loved to watch the windmills spin
        And watch that big moon rise.
        I dreamed and dreamed with lids half-shut,
        The moonlight in my eyes.
        For all men dream there
        By noonday and by night,
        By sunrise yellow, red and wild,
        And moonrise wild and white.
        The wind would drive the glittering clouds,
        The cottonwoods would croon,
        And past the sheaves and through the leaves
        Came whispers from the moon.
Who wrote these words describing what place?
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VII3 - Math
On New Year's morning, January 1, 2000, I received a phone call from a local businessman. He said that his computer failed to recognize the year 2000 and as a result the scheduling program on which his business depended gave incorrect calendar pages and was therefore useless. I explained that if he set the year properly in the twentieth century, his calendar pages would be correct though the year would be wrong. He said that this solution would work fine because he could simply instruct his employees to ignore the year. I then told him the latest year in the twentieth century which he could use. Fortunately his computer accepted that year and he was able to continue using the computer and the program. What year did I tell him to use and what are the three latest years before that one that had the same calendar pages?
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VII4 - Math
In most scientific calculators pressing the following keys:
(4 + 5) * 6 =
will give the answer 54.
I get the same answer by pressing these keys:
4 [ENTER] 5 + 6 *
What type of calculator am I using?
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VII5 - Culture
He is credited with directing the following movies among many others:
 Boy Meets Girl                 1994
 Burn Hollywood Burn            1998   
         With Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan O'Neal, Jackie Chan
 Catchfire (aka Backtrack)      1991
         With Dennis Hopper & Jodie Foster
 Death of a Gunfighter          1969
         With Richard Widmark
 Dune                           1984       TV version
 Fade In (aka Iron Cowboy)      1968
 Ghost Fever                    1987
 Hellraiser IV: Bloodline       1996
Since 1967 he has been credited with over 50 movies and TV shows. Who is this, not so famous, director and when was he born?
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VII6 - History/Math
Before 200 BC, Eratosthenes figured out the size of the earth, and he was right within about 10%. How did he do that?
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VII7 - Math
Joe and Sam are at a party. Joe says,"I don't know these people but I just counted the number of people here and there are 25 besides myself. That means that if you asked them to group themselves by the month of their birth there would be an average of about two people in each group. Nevertheless I will bet you $50.00 even money that at least two of the people in this room have the same birthday, month and day."
Assuming that the people at the party are also strangers to Sam, should Sam take Joe's bet? Why or why not?
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VII8 - History
If you win a victory at a cost to you in resources that is more than you can afford you may say, "One more victory like that and I am lost." Such a victory is called a pyrrhic victory. Why?
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VII9 - Math
Suppose ten marbles are inserted into a box based on the tosses of an unbiased coin, a white marble being inserted when the coin turns up heads and a black one when the coin turns up tails. Suppose someone who knows how the marbles were selected but not what their colors are selects ten marbles from the box one at a time at random, returning each marble and mixing the marbles thoroughly before making another selection. If all ten examined marbles turn out to be white, what is the probability to the nearest percent that all ten marbles in the box are white?
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VIII1 - Geography
Which State has the longest coastline: Texas, California, Michigan, or Florida?
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VIII2 - Culture
Where is this?
A law was made a distant moon ago here
July and August cannot be too hot
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot
By order summer lingers through September
The rain may never fall till after sundown
By eight the morning fog must disappear
The snow may never slush upon the hillside
By nine PM the moonlight must appear

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VIII3 - Math
This puzzle appeared in a newspaper in 1930.
Joe Simmons of New York married his second wife in 1900. His age in whole years at his death was one twenty-ninth of the year of his birth. In the year he died he had already celebrated his birthday. How old was he at his second wedding?
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VIII4 - History
What is the place in American history and the claim to fame of this Tennessee cattle buyer?

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VIII5 - Math
A rectangular piece of tin three fourths as wide as it is long is made into a box by cutting out a 2-inch square from each corner and turning up the sides. Cutting out a 3-inch square from each corner would diminish the volume of the box by 12 cubic inches. What are the dimensions of the piece of tin?
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VIII6 - Literature
    Where the old Flotilla lay:
    Where the flyin'-fishes play,
    An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

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VIII7 - Math
An equilateral triangle has its base, which is 10 inches long, lying in a horizonal plane. The plane of the triangle meets the horizonal plane at an angle of 47 degrees 12 minutes. Find the shortest distance from the opposite vertex of the equilateral triangle to the horizonal plane.
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VIII8 - Math
A man offered me a motorcycle two years ago for $1,024.00; a year later his price was $640.00; a little while after he asked a level $400.00; and last week he was willing to sell for $250.00. The next time he reduces the price I shall buy. At what price will I purchase if he makes a consistent reduction?
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VIII9 - Culture
Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the ? ? ? ? ?
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VIII10 - Agriculture
When I was growing up on a farm in Kentucky in the 1960s we had several dairy cattle including holsteins, jerseys, guernseys and a brown swiss. Sometimes when we would return to the house from milking the cows in the morning my dad would place a phone call to a local technician. Later that day or the next day the man called would arrive in our driveway in a white truck with an enclosed bed and the letters "KABA" on the doors. He would get out and he and my dad would examine a catalog the technician brought. Afterward he would open a stainless steel container in the back of the truck and a fog of evaporating liquid nitrogen would emerge. The technician would then remove a labeled strawlike glass tube containing a milky looking frozen liquid. My dad would write a payment check and give it to the technician and we would go into the barn to take delivery of the product purchased. What was my dad purchasing? (Not necessary for credit, but do you know, or can you guess, what the letters, "KABA" meant?)
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VIII11 - History
Where and when in history might we find helots, perioeci and Spartiates?
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VIII12 - Math
Given a square whose side is 2. The middle points of its adjacent sides are joined by straight lines forming a second square inscribed in the first. In the same manner, a third square is inscribed in the second, a fourth in the third, and so on indefinitely. Find the sum of the perimeters of all the squares.
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VIII13 - History
On a winter night in 373 B.C. an earthquake caused a tidal wave that caused an entire city to sink beneath the sea and all the people were said to have perished. For several centuries after the disaster writers reported that the ruins of the city could still be seen on the sea floor, just offshore. Then all traces of the city disappeared from history. Recently archaeologists think that they have discovered the location of the city. What city is this and where, in general terms, is it located?
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VIII14 - Agriculture
What is this food plant that becomes much in demand during the holiday season?

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IX1 - Math
Steve takes three identical blank cards. He makes a red mark on each side of one. He makes a black mark on each side of another. On the third he marks red on one side and black on the other. He then mixes the cards in a hat and has Joe draw a card and place it on the table in such a way that no one sees the bottom side of the card. The upper side of the card drawn has a red mark. Steve says to Joe, "Obviously we are not dealing with the black-black card. That one is clearly still in the hat. We definitely have either the red-black card or the red-red card. We shuffled fairly and drew at random, so it is just as likely to be one of these as the other. I will therefore bet you even money that the other side is red." Should Joe take this bet? Why or why not?
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IX2 - Math
How does Simpson's Paradox apply to the December 18 meeting of the Electoral College in the United States to elect the President of the country?
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IX3 - History
According to legend what is the connection among Pope John VIII, the sella stercoraria and Via Sacra, the street avoided by popes?
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IX4 - Biology
According to Hoyle and Wickramasinghe, what may be the origin of life on earth?
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IX5 - Logic
You are blindfolded before a table. On the table are a very large number of pennies. You are told 100 of the pennies are heads up and the rest are tails up. How can you create two subgroups of pennies, each with the same number of heads facing up? The subgroups will not necessarily be the same size. Assume you cannot tell if a penny is heads up by feel. (You are wearing gloves.)
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IX6 - Culture
Who was this novice artist, songwriter and singer?

Click here for a Real Audio clue.

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IX7 - Math
Find the product of the following: (x-a)(x-b)(x-c) . . . (x-z)?
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IX8 - Geography
Which one of these does not belong and what is the name given to the rest as a group?
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IX9 - Logic
Three business men - Smith, Robinson, and Jones - all live in the Leeds- Sheffield district. Three railwaymen of similar names live in the same district. The business man, Robinson, and the guard live at Sheffield; the business man, Jones, and the stoker live at Leeds; while the business man, Smith, and the railway engineer live half-way between Leeds and Sheffield. The guard's namesake earns $100,000 per annum, and the engineer earns exactly 1/3 as much as the business man living nearest to him. Finally, the railwayman, Smith, beats the stoker at billards. What is the engineer's name?
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IX10 - Culture
Why did the Tennessee Stud's green eyes turn blue?
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IX11 - Culture
What is the relationship between Galatea and Eliza Doolittle?
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IX12 - History
When and where was the BMAC civilization?
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IX13 - History
If I decide to put a pukao atop my moai, where am I and approximately when?
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IX14 - Math
A customer at a 7-11 store selected four items to buy, and was told that the cost was $7.11. He was curious that the cost was the same as the store name, so he inquired as to how the figure was derived. The clerk said that he had simply multiplied the prices of the four individual items. The customer protested that the four prices should have been ADDED, not MULTIPLIED. The clerk said that that was OK with him, but, the result was still the same: exactly $7.11.
What were the prices of the four items?
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IX15 - Culture
Ten years ago on a cold dark night there was someone killed beneath the town hall light.
The Judge said, "Son, what is your alibi? If you were somewhere else then you won't have to die."
I spoke not a word though it meant my life.
Why not? Where was I?
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IX16 - Culture
Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote of a man, son of Utherpendragon, whose half sister was Morgana and whose nemesis was Mordred. Who was he?
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IX17 - Math
What is this?

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IX18 - Math
A number consists of three digits which are in arithmetic progression. The number divided by the sum of its digits is equal to 26. If the number is increased by 198, the digits in the units and hundreds places will be interchanged. Find the number.
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X1 - Literature
Who speaks these words?
Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond ...... has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Specifically where, in what literary work?
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X2 - History
How much time elapsed from the time the Soviet Union joined the war against Japan in World War II to the day the Japanese surrendered?
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X3 - Math
A man had nine children, all born at regular intervals, and the sum of the squares of their ages was equal to the square of his own. What was the age of each? Every age was an exact number of years greater than zero.
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X4 - Literature
Which one of the following does not belong and why?
  1. Robert Penn Warren
  2. Jesse Stuart
  3. Janice Holt Giles
  4. Harriet Simpson Arnow
  5. Henry David Thoreau
  6. Harry Caudill
  7. Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Wendell Berry
  9. John Fox, Jr.

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X5 - Literature
    I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
    than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
    I have a great deal of company in my house;
    especially in the morning, when nobody calls.
    Some circumstantial evidence is very strong,
    as when you find a trout in the milk.
    I had three pieces of limestone on my desk,
    but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily,
    when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still,
    and threw them out the window in disgust.
    If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
    perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

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X6 - Math
A man is approaching the Washington Monument, 555 feet high, walking on level ground at the uniform rate of 5 feet per second. At what rate is he approaching the top of the monument when he is 100 feet from its base?
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X7 - Math
If this is the decimal notation system,
-7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, . . ., 19
What is this?
111, 110, 111, 11, 10, 11, 1, 0, 1, 11, 10, 11, 111, 110, 111, . . ., 1101
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X8 - History
Born in 1783, this man became the national hero of five countries. What was his name?
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X9 - Logic
What is the missing number in this series?
73, 12, 6, 3, 5, ___, 4, 4
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XI1 - Logic
It will be 110 years before another year has a certain property in common with this year (2002). What property?
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XI2 - Math
A man went into a bank to cash a check. In handing over the money the cashier, by mistake, gave him dollars for cents and cents for dollars. He pocketed the money without examining it, and spent a nickel on the way home. He then found that he possessed exactly twice the amount of the check. He had no money in his pocket before going to the bank. What was the exact amount of that check?
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XI3 - Culture
Sara Daugherty
Alvin Pleasant Carter
Maybelle Addington?
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XI4 - Math
A box whose capacity is to be 160 cu. ft. is to have a square base and top. If the bottom costs 4 cents a square foot, the top 6 cents a square foot, and the sides 2 cents a square foot, find the dimensions of the box that will make the cost a minimum. What will be the cost?
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XI5 - History
Born in 1703, he taught that all accretions to Islam after the 3d cent. of the Muslim era-i.e., after c.950-were spurious and must be expunged. He was driven from Medina for his preaching but later converted the Saud tribe. Who was this true believer whose followers have caused much death and misery in the world during the last three centuries and until today?
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XI6 - Culture
Which one does not belong and why?
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XI7 - Agriculture
If it has a cria and kushes, what is it?
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XI8 - Culture
According to the song, who "beats the belles of Tennessee"?
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XI9 - Math
In 1984 February had five Wednesdays. That has not occurred since. What is the next year in which February will have five Wednesdays?
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XII1 - Math
Al, Bob and Charlie need to make a journey of 40 miles. Al can walk at 1 mile per hour. Bob can walk at 2 miles per hour. Charlie rides in a donkey cart at 8 miles per hour.
They all start together, with Bob on foot and Al riding with Charlie in the donkey cart. After a while, Charlie drops off Al and Al walks the rest of the way. Charlie immediately goes back to pick up Bob (who has been walking the whole time). Bob rides with Charlie the rest of the way. Al, Bob and Charlie all complete the trip at exactly the same time.
How long did the trip take?
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XII2 - Logic
Complete the blanks below, to make each sentence true.
The number of times the digit 0 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 1 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 2 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 3 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 4 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 5 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 6 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 7 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 8 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 9 appears in this puzzle is ______.

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XII3 - Math
You are driving by car to a particular destination, and our only assumption is that you are free to drive at any speed you choose - no traffic jams or anything like that. For the first half of the journey (i.e. half the distance) you drive at 20 miles per hour. You then realise that this is all taking much too long, and that you are going to be late. You therefore decide that you will increase your speed so that your overall average speed for the whole journey will be 40 miles per hour. How fast do you have to drive for the remaining part of your journey in order for your average speed for the whole journey to be 40 miles per hour?
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XII4 - Logic
There are no tricks - this is a straight forward problem. This is supposed to be one of the questions which potential Microsoft employees are asked.

U2 have a concert that starts in 17 minutes and they must all cross a bridge to get there. All four men begin on the same side of the bridge. You must help them across to the other side. It is night. There is one flashlight.

A maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party that crosses the bridge, either 1 or 2 people, must have the flashlight with them. The flashlight must be carried back and forth, it cannot be thrown, etc. Each band member walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower man's pace:

* Bono: - 1 minute to cross
* Edge: - 2 minutes to cross
* Adam: - 5 minutes to cross
* Larry: - 10 minutes to cross

For example: if Bono and Larry walk across first, 10 minutes have elapsed by the time they get to the other side of the bridge. If Larry then returns with the flashlight, a total of 20 minutes have passed and you have failed the mission.

There is no trick to this. It is a simple movement of resources in the appropriate order. There are two known answers to this problem. Microsoft expects you to answer this question in under 5 minutes!
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XII5 - Logic
If 2 of the following statements are false, what chance is there that the egg came first?
Round to the nearest whole percent.
Note: If any part of a statement is false, then the entire statement must be false.
  1. The chicken came first.
  2. The egg came first.
  3. 1 is false, & 2 is true.

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XII6 - Logic
There are 5 houses, each is a different colour
In each house lives a person of a different nationality.
These 5 owners all drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
No owner has the same pet, smokes the same brand of cigar or drinks the same drink as another owner.
  1. The Briton lives in a red house.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets
  3. The Dane drinks tea
  4. The green house is on the left of the white house (they are also next door to each other)
  5. The green house owner drinks coffee
  6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
  7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill
  8. The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house
  10. The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats
  11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill
  12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
  13. The German smokes Prince
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house
  15. The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.
The question is: WHO KEEPS FISH?
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XII7 - Literature
The northern lights have seen queer sights! The queerest they ever did see was the night on the marge of Lake LaBarge when what happened? Give references?
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XII8 - Words
Which anagram does not belong and why?
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XIII1 - Geography
Which one does not belong and why? There are at least two correct answers to this question.
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XIII2 - Math
What is the next number in the series? Why?
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377 610 ....
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XIII3 - Logic
What is a fraction whose numerator is less than its denominator, but which, turned upside down, will remain of the same value?
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XIII4 - Literature
"Babies, like tough steaks, or the modern Greek olive trees, are invariably the better for beating- but, poor woman! she had the misfortune to be left-handed, and a child flogged left- handedly had better be left unflogged. The world revolves from right to left. It will not do to whip a baby from left to right. If each blow in the proper direction drives an evil propensity out, it follows that every thump in an opposite one knocks its quota of wickedness in. "
The baby in question was Toby Dammit, he who lost his head.
How did he lose it and who tells us this story?
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XIII5 - Math
Andy and Barney set off on a fishing trip driving to the old fishing hole in a lake upstate. On the trip to the lake Andy drives the first 40 miles and Barney drives the rest of the way. On their return after a successful fishing expedition Andy drives the first part of the trip and Barney drives the last 50 miles. Which fisherman drove the longest distance and by how many miles?
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XIII6 - Math
What is the missing number? Why this number?
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XIII7 - Math
Andy and Barney set off on a fishing trip driving to the old fishing hole 120 miles away in a lake upstate. On the trip to the lake Andy drives and, being the laid back soul he is, takes it easy averaging 40 miles per hour. On their return after a successful fishing expedition Barney drives and, being anxious to return home, averages 60 miles per hour. Barney says, "We both drove the same distance and since we averaged 40 miles per hour going and 60 miles per hour returning, our overall average speed was 50 miles per hour." They drove a total of five hours, three hours there and two hours back. At an average speed of 50 miles per hour driving for five hours they should have driven 250 miles, but the total round trip distance was only 240 miles. What gives?
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XIII8 - History
Before becoming isolationist in the 15th century, China was a seafaring nation. The head of the Chinese armada of treasure ships was a Muslim, a eunuch and a warrior. He vastly outdid his approximate contemporaries, the Western naval heroes who helped define the global Age of Exploration. His armada of giant junks was several times bigger than any of the fleets Columbus commanded nearly a century later. And his ships were five times longer than those of the celebrated Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. With more than 300 oceangoing vessels and a crew of nearly 30,000 men, He helped transform China into the region's, and perhaps the world's, 15th century superpower. He exacted tribute, brought Sultans to their knees and opened up trade routes that helped develop the enduring taste abroad for Chinese porcelain and silk.
Born in 1371, He died in 1433. Between 1405 and his death in 1433 during six major voyages, He and his men found the:
ostrich in Oman,
the giraffe in Kenya,
the Tooth of the Buddha in Sri Lanka,
the Rhinoceros in Sumatra,
the riding elephant in Java,
and the water buffalo in Viet Nam.
What was the name of this man who, some argue, may have even discovered America for the Chinese before Columbus?
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XIII9 - Literature
Add at least two names to this list and name the author for each.
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XIII10 - Math
The distance between Cairo and Damascus is 1000 miles. Your mission is to move a 10,000 kilograms load of grass from Cairo to Damascus using your camel, but you have two problems:

The camel won't budge unless you let it to continuously chew grass - it consumes 1 kilogram of grass per mile.
The camel's maximum load is 1000 kilograms.

Can you manage to get ANY of the grass to Damascus?
What is the maximum amount of grass that you can get there?
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XIII11 - History
The first battle of the modern age featured Gustavus Adolphus with Lennart Torstensson on artillery, Johan Baner on Calvary and Gustav Horn leading infantry. The opposite team saw Tilly's tercios supported by Pappenheim's calvary. Where and when did this occur? Who won? What features of this battle made it the first of the modern age?
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XIV1 - History
In the context of the picture below, what does A.E.I.O.U. stand for?

What is this picture?
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XIV2 - Culture
What is the title of this painting and who is the artist?

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XV1 - History
America's worst harbor explosion:
New York Times headline:
Blasts and Fires Wreck City of 15,000; 300 to 1,200 Dead; Thousands Hurt, Homeless; Wide Coast Area Rocked, Damage in Millions
Much of the boom industrial city of 15,000 population was destroyed or damaged. Property loss will run into millions of dollars.
Fires followed the blasts. Poisonous gas from exploding chemicals was reported to be filtering through the area.
The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing.
Where and when?
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XV2 - Math
Of 6000 apples harvested, every third apple was too small, every fourth apple was too green, and every tenth apple was bruised. The remaining apples were perfect.
How many perfect apples were harvested? Please explain your reasoning.
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XV3 - Math
Let P be a point inside a square S so that the distances from P to the four vertices, in order, are 7, 35, 49, and x. What is x?
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XV4 - Literature
Please divide this list into two groups and explain your reasoning.
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XV5 - Literature
Who wrote these words in what work?
Well, that mockingbird's gonna sail away,
We're gonna forget it.
That big, fat moon is gonna shine like a spoon,
But we're gonna let it,
You won't regret it.

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XV6 - Literature
A circus performance is witnessed by 120 people who have paid a total of $120. The men paid $5, the women $2, and the children 10 cents each. How many of each went to the circus?
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XV7 - Literature
Where do we read the story of Dolores Haze? Who wrote the story? What was the redundant name of Delores' step-father?
Officer, officer, there they are--
Dolores Haze and her lover!
Whip out your gun and follow that car.
Now tumble out and take cover.

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XV8 - Art
This "brazen snake" picture is found where? Painted by what artist?
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XV10 - Culture
Name the artist most associated with each of the songs below:
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XV11 - Math
Andy walks down an up-escalator and counts 150 steps. Barney walks up the same escalator and counts 75 steps. Andy takes three times as many steps in a given time as Barney. How many steps are visible on the escalator?
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XV12 - Agriculture
In September I planned to sell 200 calves in November. I estimated that the calves would average weighing 750 pounds each at sale time. To hedge my sale price I paid $725 for two puts for November at 94 cents per pound. The puts mature on November 20. I sold the calves in late October for 96 cents per pound. On November 20 the published feeder cattle price was $1.02 per pound. How much money did I make or lose on the two puts? If I had fully hedged all my calves, how much would I have made or lost on the puts?
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