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Brain Teaser Challenge
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Posted On 2018-04-09 09:43:50 |  Last Update 2018-04-09 09:43:50 |  Read 2453 times | 0 Comments

Today we are joined by author Bryony Pearce, who has taken inspiration from her new YA novel Savage Island, to challenge you the reader to a brain twisting riddle challenge.

Amazing Riddles

In Savage Island, the teens have to solve riddles as part of their challenge. I love riddles and here are some of my favourite.
Riddles are as old as written history.

Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? (This is the riddle set by the Sphinx, from Greek Mythology c. 470 BC)
Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet. (this riddle is from the book of Judges, in the Bible, thought to have taken shape c. 600 BC)

The oldest though, is one that will be just as familiar to many (in the form of the rhyme ‘As I was going to St Ives …’) This riddle can be dated back to 1650 BC

There are seven houses;
In each house there are seven cats;
Each cat catches seven mice;
Each mouse would have eaten seven ears of corn;
If sown, each ear of corn would have produced seven hekat of grain.
How many things are mentioned altogether?

Riddles help you think in different ways (often laterally),

What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment but never in a thousand years

What goes up a chimney down, but can’t go down a chimney up?

They help you look at your own assumptions and can be used to look at people’s prejudices:

A father and son are both in a car accident. They are taking to separate hospitals. When the boy is taken in for his operation, the surgeon says: “I cannot do the surgery, as this is my son!” How is this possible?

They make sure you really look at language –explore the meanings of the words,

You’re running a race and pass the person in 2nd place. What place are you in now?

Johnny’s mother had three children. The first was named April and the second was named May. What was the name of the third child?

Some months have 30 days, and some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

If there are three apples and you take two away, how many apples do you have?

I haven’t given the answers to these riddles – see if you can work them out!


SAVAGE ISLAND, the latest in the RED EYE horror YA collection, is out now.

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