Answers to Brain Teasers

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Sunday, June 2, 1912:Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Had such a time to know when to go as the clock had stopped. As a result I got there late.

Source: Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine (December 15, 1911)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

It took more effort to know what the time was in the days before electric and battery-operated clocks. Someone must have forgotten to wind (or pull the weights on) the clock.

Here are the answers to the Brain Bothers that I posted yesterday.

Brain Bothers

Transform a MULE to a PONY in four changes, one letter at a time, without transposing.

Answer: Mule, mole, pole, pone, pony

(Farm Journal, January and March, 1912)

2. What number is divisible by 2,3,4,5, and 6, with a remainder of 1 in each instance, but is divisible by 7 without a remainder?

Answer: 301

(Farm Journal, March and May, 1912)

3. Substitute a letter in the name of an American president, and make something good to eat. Do the same with an American poet with the same result.


Taft: Tart

Poe: Pie

(Farm Journal, May and July, 1912)

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