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Quiz from Doctor Who Annual 1975

Copied verbatim from p. 55:

Dr Who and his team have many important decisions to make and problems to work out on their voyages through space and time. How good are you at working out problems that don't always have a simple, obvious solution? Try these brain teasers:

1. The tide is rising. and you're sitting in a ship in the harbour. A rope ladder hangs over the side of the boat, its ends just touching the water. If the rungs of the rope ladder are one foot apart, and the tide rises at the rate of eight inches an hour, how many of the rungs will be covered after four hours?

2. How much earth is there in a hole two feet by two feet by two feet?

3. You've cooked a tasty pie for dinner. and all you have to do now is to cut it into eight pieces for your eight guests [part of the question is omitted - the answer makes it clear that you are only allowed three cuts of the pie]. How?

4. How could Dr Who stand behind Sarah and Sarah stand behind Dr Who - at the same time?

5. There are three apples in a basket and three people in a room. How can you give an apple to each person and still have one in the basket?

˙ʇı uı ןןıʇs ǝןddɐ ǝuo ɥʇıʍ - ʇǝʞsɐq ǝɥʇ uosɹǝd ǝuo ǝʌıb ˙S

˙ʞɔɐq oʇ ʞɔɐq puɐʇs oʇ ǝʌɐɥ pןnoʍ ʎǝɥʇ ˙ᔭ

˙ןɐnbǝ ǝq oʇ ǝʌɐɥ ʇ,upıp sǝɔǝıd ǝɥʇ 'ɹǝqɯǝɯǝɹ ˙ssoɹɔɐ sʇnɔ oʍʇ uǝɥʇ 'ǝıd ǝɥʇ punoɹɐ ʇnɔ ɹɐןnɔɹıɔ ɐ ǝʞɐɯ ʇsɹıɟ ˙Ɛ

˙ǝןoɥ ɐ s,ʇı - ǝuou ˙Z

¡ǝpıʇ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ sǝsıɹ ʇɐoq ǝɥʇ ǝsnɐɔǝq 'ǝuou ˙ן



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I think, rather than a circular cut, I would stack the pie for the second and third slices.
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
You would only need to do it for the third. But yours is still a better answer.
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Marianne has pointed out an even better solution -- to make the third cut horizontal through the pie.
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Similar thought - my first cut would be parallel to the surface on which the cake was standing.
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting that his name is "Dr Who".
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's fairly consistent in the annuals, though unusual in the novelisations where he is usually 'the Doctor', as on screen. Peter Davison was the first lead actor to be credited as 'the Doctor' rather than 'Doctor Who'.
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

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