Sunday, 8 December 2013


With all the exams we traumatically delight our energy and time with, the most exciting are those that demand our intuitions and initiatives, fortitude and determination, thought and perception. Then people working in emergencies, people who redress random events and situations, these people are not only the most intelligent but wisest in many different ways.

People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Once upon a time, most of us would deserve the seat of Sir Boris (a future P.M) and currently Mayor of London. 

There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'

Answer about a quarter of the following correct and your I. Q. is higher than any dunce who pretends to be a clever-clog.

1. You're in a race and you overtake third place. What position are you in?

A. Second
B. Third
C. Fourth

2. If you re-arrange the letters CIFAIPC you will get the name of a kind of what?

A. Country
B. Animal
C. City
D. Ocean 
E. River

3. If you only have one match in a matchbox and enter a cold, dark room, in which there's an oil heater, an oil lamp and a candle, which do you light first? 

4. Which one of these five is least like the other four?

A. Painting
B. Statue
C. Novel
D. Flower
E. Poem

5. You drive a bus from Barking with 43 people on board. You stop at East Ham to pick up seven more people and drop off five passengers. At Upton Park you drop off three passengers and pick up four more and eventually arrived at Stratford an hour later. What's the name of the driver?

6. Complete the sequence: A, Z, B, Y, C, X, D W, E, ..?

7. The day before the day before yesterday is three days after Saturday. What day is it today?

8. People climb me, cut me and burn me. My rings aren't made of gold but do tell my age. What am I?

9. There are thirty-nine letters in this sentence.

A. True
B. False
C. Impossible to say

10. If a doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take a pill immediately and another every half an hour, how long is it before all the pills are taken?

11. People is to democracy as wealthy is to

A. Oligarchy
B. Plutocracy
C. Monarchy

12. The letters in the word ABOUT are in alphabetical order.

A. True
B. False

13. Although I may have eyes, I cannot see. At one time there was a lack of me in Ireland, and people starved to death. What am I?

14. Which word does not belong?

A. Apple
B. Marmalade 
C. Orange
D. Cherry
E. Grape

15. Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Susan 2. Alice 3. Georgia 4. Tatiana. What is the fifth daughter's name?

16. Some say I'm rock. Some say I'm cheese and I lift and drop the sea. What am I?

17. Donald and Reagan are married with four children, called Michael, Farley, Solomon and Larry. They've just had a baby girl and are picking the name. The choices are Tiffany and Allegra. Donald's brother, a piano teacher, tells them only one name would be correct if they want to follow the family tradition. Which name is it?

18. I am an insect, and the first half of my name is another insect. A famous pop group had a name similar to mine. What am I?

19. What is the similarity between 2 + 2 = 5 and your left hand?

20. How can you make the number seven even?

21. I am a married woman. John's son is my daughter's father. What is my relationship to John?

22. Two people were in a house. No one came in or went out, but then there were three people. What happened?

23. Which word is always spelled wrong?

24. A man walks through the woods with his dogs and saw three cats, six wolf cubs, seven rabbits and 13 squirrels. How many feet were there in total?

25. Which members of your family are defined by the crossword clue LAINWS-

26. A farmer had 17 sheep. All but nine died. How many live sheep does he have left?

27. An electric train is travelling on a 200-mile journey from Swansea. It has 12 cars with a total of 230 passengers. The weather is overcast and damp, with a warm front approaching from the north. Which direction will the steam blow?

28. How might an American translate  the phrase 'H2O AUTUMN'.

29. David makes a bet with Sally that she can choose any name under the sun and he will use it in a song she will recognise, with the original lyrics.  Sally doesn't believe he can do it, takes him up on the bet - and loses. What song did David sing to win?

30. How much earth is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

31. A man sees a snake slithering across the road and swerves to crush it with it's tyres. All the street lights were off, as well as the cars headlights. There were no other on along the road. How did the man see the snake?

32. There's a red bungalow on a red street with red walls, tables and chairs. What colour is the staircase?

The correct answers:

0 - 11: No worries, you could be running and in control of London.

12 - 21: mere mortal, just like the rest of us.

22 - 32: super brain.

The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.