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A Truncated Alphabet

What rule defines the following sequence of letters?

B C D G J K P Q T V W Y Z

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Hold The World

I'm large enough to hold the world
Yet I can sit upon a shelf
But most peculiar is the truth
That I contain myself


What am I?

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Elementary, My Dear Watson!

What is the next item in the following sequence, and why?

H H L B B C N

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Peculiar Words

What rare quality do the following four words have in common?
facetious
abstemious
annelidous
arsenious

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The Fruit Basket

Twenty people went to a party. At the party was a basket filled with twenty apples. At the end of the party, each person took one apple, yet there was still one apple left in the basket.

How could this happen?
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A Number List

What is the next item in the following sequence, and why?

2 4 5 6 8 12 14 15

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An Alphabet?

What is the next item in the following sequence, and why?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W X Y
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At Concert Halls...

A noun, a verb, a number word
A mark or cut upon a page
At hockey games I'm always heard
At concert halls I'm all the rage


What am I?

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All of a Type

What unusual characteristic do the following words have in common?

port, quite, tier, pretty, power

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Some Special People


What do the following people have in common?
Moses
Superman
Cabbage Patch Kids
 


Submitted by an anonymous visitor

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Opposite Words

Explain how each pair of words below are opposites:

1. thieves, rail
2. horse, dog
3. drum, goose
4. nails, pie
5. owl, post


Submitted by Graeme
 

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Where Sea Meets Land

You'll find me where the sea meets land,
Proud, tall, and straight I stand.
Warmth in winter, and summer shade,
In between I begin to fade.


What am I?

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Turtles and Moons

What do the following have in common?

turtle, moon, ear

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A Common Quality

What quality do the following letters have in common?

B D G J P Q R U
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A More Mathematical Problem!

What is the next number in the following sequence, and why?

7, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 25

Submitted by Anonymous
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Words of A Feather

Are, Came, Gape, Lien
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