A detective visited a woman to inform him that her old stalker had escaped from prison and might be after her. The woman left him a code to solve via mail.
Detective Drosnin visited Ms. Gray's house to tell her that the creep that stalked her years ago had escaped from prison. Gray did not act surprised at the news and seemed to take it reasonably well. Although she was polite, she did not ask him to come in.
The detective said he was worried that the creep would come after seeing how demented he is. He said with a worried tone, "who knows what he might try next."
With a nervous tone, she said she was sure she had nothing to worry about. The detective asked if she would like him to assign a security detail to her, but she turned down the offer.
She noted that she was a teacher, and having bodyguards following her around the school would scare the students at her school. The detective asked her to give him a call or send an email if she saw anything suspicious.
He later asked her to send an email so that he would know she was okay. She noted that she would do that. Detective Drosnin got in his car and headed for the station, but his phone buzzed after a few minutes to notify him that he had an email from Ms. Gray.
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Which read: "This morning, I tried a fun new seating style for the kids during the morning assembly. I helped arrange them into rows of twenty-one. The kids didn't care, but I really loved it. I liked the second column the best.
At first, he felt the mail was silly and wondered why he would care about such details, but after a while, he realized she had a passion for codes and might be trying to him something.
He took a closer look at her email and couldn't believe what he found! Can you tell what she was trying to say? Hint: Detective Drosnin realized that the message was not only in code; it was also the instructions on how to break the code!
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Riddle 2: Once upon a time, there was a college course on Probability that could apply to the real world. The class was quite easy, but there was a catch. There were to be no homework, projects, or assignments, but there was a final exam that would only have a question.
When the students got their papers, it was a blank sheet with a single question on it: "what is risk?" Half of the students got through the exam, but one student was able to score a 100. Strange enough, he only wrote a word. What did he write?
Hint: What the student wrote showed the professor that he had a good understanding of the material, thus the answer.
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Riddle 3: A man walked into a restaurant and asked the waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a lighter, and a lemon wedge. The man filled the plate with plenty of water.
The man told the waiter if he could get the water in the plate into the glass without touching or moving the plate, he would get 100. The waiter was allowed to use the match and lemon for the task.
Shortly, the waiter walked away with $100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass? Hint: The glass will be upside-down when the water is in it.
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Answer 1: Detective Drosnin attempted to arrange the letters in Ms. Gray's email in the same way she mentioned organizing the students at her school in twenty-one rows. Then, as she suggested, he looked at the second column:
t H i s m o r n i n g i t r i e d a f u n
n E w s e a t i n g s t y l e f o r t h e
k I d s d u r i n g t h e m o r n i n g a
s S e m b l y i h e l p e d a r r a n g e
t H e m i n t o r o w s o f t w e n t y o
n E t h e k i d s d i d n t c a r e b u t
i R e a l l y l o v e d i t i l i k e d t
h E s e c o n d c o l u m n t h e b e s t
No wonder she didn't invite him in!
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Answer 2: The smart student wrote down: "This." And handed in the paper.
The student showed that he recognized the dangers of basing grades on a single test. Plus, putting only one word on such a crucial exam and assuming the professor got his point was risky enough.
Answer 3: To make the lemon wedge stand straight, the waiter first inserted a match into it. Then he lit the match and put it in the center of the lemon plate. Then flipped the glass over and set it on top of the match.
As the flame finshed the oxygen in the glass, a small vacuum was formed, sucking the water through the gap between the glass and the plate. As a result, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.
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