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Riddle and Brain Buster

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Riddle and Brain Busters published in 2019

January 2019

January Riddle

I am rarely touched but often held, and if you are smart you'll use me well. What am I?

Answer to December�s riddle
What do you get if you cross a snowman with a witch?
A cold spell

January Brain Buster

Dis Information
Complete the blanks in the following sentences with a word starting with the prefix dis, that completes the sentence in a punny way. Dis always equals this in the pun. A bonus hint, a definition of the dis words appear somewhere in the sentence. Example: Please take apart BLANK from over the fireplace: dismantle.

Blank was filled with alarm by the mess the butler left her to cclean up.
I managed to convince Elvis by argument not to use Blank for his blue shoes.
We decided to take the money from blank we found on the street and scatter it about.
One who argues with me a lot said blank plate is not as pretty as the bronze one.
The perfume tester said, �I do not agree with the majority, blank stinks.

Answers to December�s brain busters
Braving the Elements
Levis + R = silver.
Furls + U = Sulfur.
Rang + O = Argon.
Rumba + I = Barium.
Acorn + B = Carbon.
Clink + E = nickel.
Bloat + C = Cobalt.

February 2019

February Riddle

What question can someone ask all day long, always get completely different answers, and yet all the answers could be correct?

Answer to January�s riddle
I am rarely touched but often held, and if you are smart you'll use me well. What am I?
Tongue

February Brain Buster

Overlapping States
The word marine consists of five consecutive overlapping state postal abbreviations. Massachusetts, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Indiana,and Nebraska. Think of a common 7 letter word that has the same property. Hint, the first letter is also m.

Answers to January�s brain buster
Dis Information
Blank was filled with alarm by the mess the butler left her to cclean up. Dismayed.
I managed to convince Elvis by argument not to use Blank for his blue shoes. Dissuade.
We decided to take the money from blank we found on the street and scatter it about. Disperse.
One who argues with me a lot said blank plate is not as pretty as the bronze one. Disputer.
The perfume tester said, �I do not agree with the majority, blank stinks. Dissent.

March 2019

March Riddle

Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?

Answer to February�s riddle
What question can someone ask all day long, always get completely different answers, and yet all the answers could be correct?
What time is it?

March Brain Buster

How Interesting
Insert the word IN in each of the following words, at the start, end, or somewhere inside to get a new word.
Example: route: routine.

Braless.
Basset.
Image.
Mutes.
Villa.
Spire.
Mister.
Claret.
Bullet.
Content.

Answer to February�s brain buster
Think of a common 7 letter word that has the same property. Hint, the first letter is also m.
malaria

April 2019

April Riddle

What five letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?

Answer to March�s riddle:
Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
The word ton.

April Brain Buster

Baseball Gear:
Think of a word for an article of clothing worn below the waist. Then think of a word of an article of clothing worn above the waist. Put them together, without rearranging letters and you will get a word used in baseball. What is it?

Answer to March�s brain buster:
Braless. Brainless
Basset. Bassinet
Image. Imagine
Mutes. Minutes
Villa. Villain
Spire. Inspire
Mister. Minister
Claret. Clarinet
Bullet. Bulletin
Content. Continent

May 2019

May Riddle

I am always in front of you, but you will never see me. What am I?

Answer to April�s riddle:
What five letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?
SWIMS

May Brain Buster

We Get Letters
Every answer is a word that begins with a letter of the alphabet followed by a hyphen. Hint, no beginning letter will be repeated. Example: Upright line in a graph: y-axis.

Cotton for the ear.
Brand of roach killer.
Striptease garment.
National supplier of trucks & vans.
Revealing dress design.
Very revealing picture.
House shape.
Casual garment.
100 dollar bill.
Computer to computer communication.

Answer to April�s brain buster.
Shorts plus Top = Shortstop

June 2019

June Riddle

Which tree is the most difficult to get along with?

Answer to May�s riddle:
I am always in front of you, but you will never see me. What am I?
Future

June brain Buster

Shifty
In each of the following pairs, shift the last letter of the first answer to the next letter of the alphabet, to get the second answer. Example: adherent to islam, cotton fabric: Muslim, muslin.

prize, conscious.
Frightened, winter apparel worn around the neck.
Person who poses for pictures, computer telephone link.
Very fine, as in a cigar, groom oneself infront of a mirror.
Thirty first president of the US, horses feet.
Sound of a wheel that needs greasing, sound of a pig that�s being greased.
Extremely ugly, thieves get away spot.

Answers to May�s brain buster:
Cotton for the ear. Q-tip.
Brand of roach killer. D-con.
Striptease garment. G-string.
National supplier of trucks & vans. U-haul.
Revealing dress design. V-neck.
Very revealing picture. X-ray.
House shape. A-frame.
Casual garment. T-shirt.
100 dollar bill. C-note.
Computer to computer communication. E-mail.

July 2019

July Riddle

I live without a body, hear without ears, speak without a mouth, to which the air alone gives birth. What am I?

Answer to June�s riddle:
Which tree is the most difficult to get along with?
Crabtree

July Brain Buster

Salty Language
There are four common words in the English language that contain the consecutive letters n, a,c, and l.
Name three of them.

Answers to June�s brain busters:
Prize, conscious. Award, aware.
Frightened, winter apparel worn around the neck. Scare, scarf.
Person who poses for pictures, computer telephone link. Model, modem.
Very fine, as in a cigar, groom oneself infront of a mirror. Primo, primp.
Thirty first president of the US, horses feet. Hoover, hooves.
Sound of a wheel that needs greasing, sound of a pig that�s being greased. Squeak, squeal.
Extremely ugly, thieves get away spot. Hideous, hideout.

August 2019

August Riddle

Has a tongue, but never talks. Has no legs, but sometimes walks.
What is it?

Answer to July’s riddle
Lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, to which the air alone gives birth.
Answer: Echo

August Brain Buster

One or the Other
For each of the following familiar two word phrases provide a third word that rhymes with one of the words in the phrase and means the opposite of the other.
Example: in doubt: out.

Black light.
No less.
Short hall.
Plain crazy.
All rise.
Common share.
Went straight.
Fresh trail.
wild game.
work day.

Answers to July’s brain buster
The four words with the consecutive letters of n. a. c. and l are:
barnacle, manacle, pinnacle, and tabernacle.

September 2019

September Riddle

What has to be broken before you can use it?

Answer to August’s riddle:
Has a tongue, but never talks. Has no legs, but sometimes walks. What is it?
Answer: a shoe

September Brain Buster

Be Very quiet
Every answer here is a word or name that contains the sound sh twice.
Example: told to be quiet: shush.

Embarrassed or bashful.
Marijuana.
In good order, nautically speaking.
Accurate aim.
Oyster.
Wisconsin city on Lake Winnebago.
Cook food on a skewer.
Top secret.

Answers to August’s brain busters:
Black light: white.
No less: yes.
Short hall, tall.
Plain crazy: sane.
All rise: fall.
Common share: rare.
Went straight: bent.
Fresh trail: stale.
wild game: tame.
work day: play.

October 2019

October Riddle

What is a Mummy's favorite type of music?

Answer to September’s riddle:
What has to be broken before you can use it?
An egg

October Brain Buster

Sports Talk
What common term, in two different senses is used in each of the following pairs of sports or games? The answer’s first letters are provided as hints.
Example: auto racing, golf. D. driver.

Baseball, bowling. S.
Golf, badminton. B.
Soccer, ice hockey. G.
Football, fishing. T.
Golf, poker. C.
Basketball, baseball. F.
Golf, swimming. S.
Ice hockey, chess. C.
Tennis, volleyball. A.
Basketball, ice hockey. R.

Answers to September’s brain busters:
Embarrassed or bashful. Sheepish.
Marijuana. Hashish.
In good order, nautically speaking. Shipshape.
Accurate aim. Sharpshooter.
Oyster. Shellfish.
Wisconsin city on Lake Winnebago. Oshkosh.
Cook food on a skewer. Shishkebob.
Top secret. Hush hush.

November 2019

November Riddle

Santa just ate his walking stick! How is that possible?

Answer to October’s riddle:
What is a Mummy's favorite type of music?
Rap

November Brain Buster

Q Z Quiz
Every answer in this puzzle is a word, name, or phrase that contains the two rarest letters in the English language, Q and Z. Example: trivia test, Quiz.

Rock that sparkles
Bed cover made of random patches
English monarch beginning in 1952
Hug
Make sedate
Area around a hospital, to traffic
1968 hit by CCR
In mattresses, it’s larger than full

Answers to October’s brain busters:
Baseball, bowling. Strike
Golf, badminton. Birdie
Soccer, ice hockey. Goal
Football, fishing. Tackle
Golf, poker. Chip
Basketball, baseball. Foul
Golf, swimming. Stroke
Ice hockey, chess. Check
Tennis, volleyball. Ace
Basketball, ice hockey. Rebound

December 2019

December Riddle

You find me in December, but not in any other month. What am I?

Answer to November’s Riddle: Santa just ate his walking stick! How is that possible?
It was a candy, cane

December Brain Buster

Teen Problem
Every answer is a word or name that ends in the syllable teen, in any spelling. Example: an order of monk; Benedictines.

Singer known as the Boss.
Isolation to prevent the spread of disease.
Brand of chewing gum.
Prepared with spinach.
Hiker’s water container.
Nutritionally what meat is full of.
Absolutely spotless.
How Marie Antoinette lost her head.
Customary procedure.
Cracker with lots of little holes.

Answers to November’s Brain Buster:
Q Z Quiz
Rock that sparkles. Quartz
Bed cover made of random patches. Crazy quilt
English monarch beginning in 1952. Queen Elizabeth
Hug. Squeeze
Make sedate. Tranquilize
Area around a hospital, to traffic. Quiet zone
1968 hit by CCR. Suzy Q
In mattresses, it’s larger than full. Queen size

Wishing you and your family happiness and laughter during this holiday season!

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