On my puzzle blog earlier today I set the following questions:

1) *Two hipsters, Atticus and Abe, were arguing about whose electronic bicycle was the slowest. They decided to race them along a 100m track. They agreed that the bike reaching the finish line last would be the winner. The guys got on their bikes on the start line. But, predictably, they just stood there, since no one wanted to start first and risk being the first to finish. They had been immobile for hours when their pal Daisy showed up. She asked if anything was the matter, so they put down their bikes and walked over to her to explain. She said a few words, at which point they ran back, jumped on the bikes and sped to the finish line as fast as possible. What was her advice?*

**Solution: **She told them to ride the other person’s bike.

2) *Why would a Parisian hairdresser prefer to give a haircut to two Belgians rather than one Briton?*

**Solution: **Because a hairdresser would get twice as much giving two haircuts than just one. The nationalities is a red herring.

3) *Three sisters receive the following gift: 7 crates of wine, 7 half-empty crates of wine and 7 empty crates. How do they divide the gift in such a way that each sister gets the same amount of wine and the same number of crates, without transferring wine from any crate to any other crate?*

**Solution: **Give two sisters 3 full crates, one half-empty crate and three empty crates, and give the other sister one full crate, 5 half-empty crates and one empty crate. In this way each sister gets 7 crates, and 3.5 crates-worth of wine.

To work this out first sum all the crates and the wine: you get 21 crates and 10.5 crates-worth of wine in total. So each sister must get 7 crates and 3.5 crates worth. There are only a limited amount of ways to add up to 3.5 crates-worth of wine using 7 crates – try them out and eventually you will get the answer.

4) *Which English word is pronounced the same when four of its five letters are removed?*

**Solution: **Queue. Or aitch.

5) *What stays the same however many letters you take from it?*

**Solution:*** *A post box.

The extra question taken from Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book was

*Who is the only footballer to have played in a World Cup final and acted in a movie that was nominated for an Oscar for the best film?*

The answer is Frank Leboeuf (France), who played a doctor in The Theory of Everything. Check out his performance here:

*I set a puzzle here every two weeks on a Monday.** **I’m always on the look-out for great puzzles. If you would like to suggest one, email me.*

*I’m the author of several books of popular maths, including the puzzle books Can You Solve My Problems? and Puzzle Ninja, and also co-author the Football School series of books for 7 to 13-year-olds*