Five questions to get us started, a lateral thinking puzzle, and then a nice tough one for you all to ponder over. [Hints on Sunday; Answers on Monday]
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a] What Norse God is Saturday named after ? [Notice I said Norse God]
b] What innovative idea, used by tyrants the world over, was first used at the Robber synod of Ephesus in AD 429 ?
c] What does the word 'Barabbas' mean ?
d] We've all used a device with a twitterbit at one time or another - but what is a twitterbit ?
e] What virtue [not theological or cardinal ] according to St Francis de Sales is there nothing stronger than ?
A hijacker boards a plane with a gun and holds the passengers and cabin crew hostage - he negotiates with ground control for £1 million and two parachutes.
The aeroplane takes off and halfway across the desert the hijacker grabs the money and a parachute and bails out ; never to be seen or heard of again.
Now here's the question: Why did he ask for TWO parachutes? [no he did not use the second one for any purpose]
You are a dashing hero and your one fair true love the princess has been kidnapped by an evil wizard... after traversing many thousands of miles slaying dragons,ogres and goblins you arive at the castle and demand the return of the princess.
The cunning evil wizard invites you in and informs you that the princess is free to go, you need only pick her out from the 12 princesses before you.
To your shock and dismay all the fair damsels are identical ! eleven are not princesses at all but demons summoned from hell impersonating the princess.
Now the only thing you know is that every demon weighs the same weight - the real princess does not - she is either lighter or heavier [but you have no idea which ???].
Before you in the great hall stands a huge brass weighing balance with two pans ; but they are enchanted, they may only be used three times before they turn into dust.
Should you fail you will be devoured by the demons and the princess will be forced to marry the evil wizard and remain his forever - choose wisely and you will both go free - rescuing the princess has the usual benefits of her hand in marriage and half the kingdom and living happily ever after etc...
Is it possible to find the princess in just three uses of the balance ?
HINTS ON SUNDAY
a] George Lucas wasn't exactly honest when he said that the original name for his hero before he changed it was Luke Starkiller - the name he used in the eventual film was a very old one albeit with two changes of vowels.
b] tabula rasa
c] 1066 and all that, billy-boy
d] the answer is a cut above the rest; the same way you never get a trouser.
e] already answered - There is nothing as strong as gentleness, nothing as gentle as real strength .
lateral thinking - already answered.
tough puzzle - you might need an off-road vehicle to start off.