More Tom puzzles. Day 2

Uncle Tom, in association with ‘Time on our hands entertainments,’ and ‘Still not smoking productions,’ presents Uncle Tom’s World of Puzzles uzzles uzzles, eh eh eh.

Here they be, tricky blighters them all. Can you write your guesses as spoliers, so that people can guess away without being prompted. Here is an example:

Shamone mutha f*cker!

  1. Unscramble these words to reveal 9 boys names a) grade b) grader c) nailed d) enters e) lardon f) sinned g) flared h) glared i) wander

  2. Which 2 countries are hidden in the following statement:
    A lumberjack enjoys felling redwoods, spruce, fir and larch in a forest.

  3. What common English word contains 8 letters, 4 of them are G’s?

  4. What is always infront of you, though you can never see it?

  5. I bought a bottle of wine for £10. If the wine cost £9 more than the bottle, how much was the bottle worth?

  6. Can you change BEES into HIVE in just 6 moves, changing just one letter in each move, and forming a valid word each time?

  7. A boy has as many sisters as brothers, but each sister has only half as many sisters as brothers . How many boys and how many girls are there in the family?

  8. Using all the digits 1-9 can you form a fraction equal to a half, with each digit being used only once?

And for Matthew:

  1. Spell the word: puddle.
  2. How many times is the letter d found in the word ‘BOUNCE.’

I wouldn’t bother reading these, they’re silly and wrong.

3:Giggling

4:The Future

There’s 2 involving simultaneous equations that I can’t bother doing.

[quote=“Big Fluffy Matthew”]I wouldn’t bother reading these, they’re silly and wrong.

3:Giggling

4:The Future

There’s 2 involving simultaneous equations that I can’t bother doing.[/quote]

Matthew, they are both correct. I have a lollipop for you. Here.

your nose

BEES
BEDS
BIDS
BIDE
HIDE
HIVE

7.

3 girls 4 boys

2:

A lumberjack enjoys felling redwoods, spruce, fir and larch in a forest.

8:No, I can’t

Lupillus, us honkies can see our hooters. Matthew has the correct answer for number 2 if you want to peek. The others are spot on, and Matthew claims another correct answer. Good work. I thought about number 7 for ages!

5:

50p, although this kinda seems like a trick question

8:

[spoiler]With a combination of logic and fiddling I got: 7932 / 15864

Then I brute-forced it with code and got:

6729 / 13458
6792 / 13584
6927 / 13854
7269 / 14538
7293 / 14586
7329 / 14658
7692 / 15384
7923 / 15846
7932 / 15864
9267 / 18534
9273 / 18546
9327 / 18654

Who’d have thought there’d be so many?

[code]#!/usr/bin/python

def perms(lst):
if len(lst) == 1:
yield lst

for i in range(len(lst)):
    for p in perms(lst[:i] + lst[i+1:]):
        yield [lst[i]] + p

digits = range(1,10)

for p in perms(digits):
nom = int("".join(map(str, p[:4])))
den = int("".join(map(str, p[4:])))

if nom * 2 == den:
    print "%s / %s" % (nom, den)[/code]

[/spoiler]

[quote=“Brendon”]5:

50p, although this kinda seems like a trick question

8:

[spoiler]With a combination of logic and fiddling I got: 7932 / 15864

Then I brute-forced it with code and got:

6729 / 13458
6792 / 13584
6927 / 13854
7269 / 14538
7293 / 14586
7329 / 14658
7692 / 15384
7923 / 15846
7932 / 15864
9267 / 18534
9273 / 18546
9327 / 18654

Who’d have thought there’d be so many?

[code]#!/usr/bin/python

def perms(lst):
if len(lst) == 1:
yield lst

for i in range(len(lst)):
    for p in perms(lst[:i] + lst[i+1:]):
        yield [lst[i]] + p

digits = range(1,10)

for p in perms(digits):
nom = int("".join(map(str, p[:4])))
den = int("".join(map(str, p[4:])))

if nom * 2 == den:
    print "%s / %s" % (nom, den)[/code]

[/spoiler][/quote]

Excellent Brendon, I didn’t know there were so many answers to that question either. The wine bottle question was really that easy, just threw it in there with all the toughies as a smokescreen. Yes, I really am that lame.

grade -> Edgar
grader -> Redgar? It’s an archaic male first name, but I think there must be an obvious one I missed
nailed -> Daniel
enters -> Ernest
lardon -> Ronald
sinned -> Dennis
flared -> Alfred (Fardel appears to be a first name too, but not in English)
glared -> Gerald (Also Aldger, obscurely)
wander -> Andrew (and Warden, perhaps)

[quote=“Brendon”]1.

grade -> Edgar
grader -> Redgar? It’s an archaic male first name, but I think there must be an obvious one I missed
nailed -> Daniel
enters -> Ernest
lardon -> Ronald
sinned -> Dennis
flared -> Alfred (Fardel appears to be a first name too, but not in English)
glared -> Gerald (Also Aldger, obscurely)
wander -> Andrew (and Warden, perhaps)
[/quote]

For grader, it is an English name, but sounds French. Its meaning is ‘spear brave,’ by the way.

And well done with the others. Your first answer for each is the one I was thinking of…

1: Oh, right, Gerard. But if I had to choose, I’d rather be called “Redgar”

  1. I can’t see my nose, unless I bend it. Natural vision means one doesn’t actually look down one’s nose. And it’s in front of one.

Got your nose!

Brendon, Redgar it is then!

Gingerman, I wrote ‘but you can never see it.’ I can see my nose in a mirror.

Dr Bombay how you do dat?

All answered correctly, more crap tomorrow.

[Edit:] There are probably a lot of answers already. I haven’t peeked yet; I’m going to peek after I click “Submit.”

  1. a) Edgar, b) Gerard, c) Daniel, d) Ernest, e) Ronald, f) Dennis, g) Alfred, h) Gerald, i) Andrew

  2. Iran, China

  3. giggling

  4. I’m stumped.

  5. £0.5

  6. I’m almost certain I got this wrong; maybe I don’t understand the instructions: BEE BE HE HIE HIVE

  7. 4 boys, 3 girls

  8. 9267/18534

Nice work CJ! Number 4 has become something of a political hot potato, but never mind. The changing words thing… I guess you never saw those as a kid. Lupillus got it. I’ll set another one up tomorrow for you to have a crack at.

All right, I’ll be rested and ready to apply my low-flying, slow-flying mind to it.