• Welcome to Think-it-Through Thursdays


    (updated for May 28, 2020)


    Check in every Thursday to find a variety of brain teasers that will challenge you to put your problem solving skills to good use.  Let me know if you solve a puzzle.  And if you have a puzzle of your own, send it my way.  Who knows, you might see your puzzle featured here next week.

    May 28--Welcom back to Think it Through Thursday.  I have two riddles for you today (one from last week that never got posted, and one for this week).

    1.  A dad and his son were riding bikes and crashed.  They were taken to separate hospitals.  The man's son was in the operating room when the doctor said to him, "I can't operate on you, you're my son!"  How is this possible?


    2.  There is a small group of people sitting at their kitchen table.  The group is made up of 1 grandmother, 2 mothers, 2 daughters, and 1 granddaughter.  How many people are sitting at the table, and how many legs are under the table?


    Good Luck and Have Fun!  You can send your answers to me in an email or in your Google Classroom.


    May 14--Welcome back to Think it Through Thursday

    For starters, here is the hardest word puzzle of the year (so far).  See if you can figure it out.


    And to go along with the hardest word puzzle, here is the hardest story problem of the year (so far).  Let me know if you can solve the problem.

    egg timer egg timer egg timer egg timer egg

    If you have a 7-minute hourglass and an 11 minute hourglass, how can you boil an egg for exactly 15 minutes using your hourglasses as your only timer?



    Week # April 30, 2020

    Welcome back to Think it Through Thursday.  I have some riddles for you today.  See how many you can solve and send me your answers in an email or a Google Classroom Message.

    1.  What word is spelled wrong in every dictionary?

    2.  What gets wetter the more it dries?

    3.  A cowboy rode in to town on Friday.  He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday.  How can this be?

    4.  Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

    5.  Three doctors claim that Bill is their brother, yet Bill claims he has no brothers.  How many brothers does he actually have?

    Good Luck and Have Fun!



    Week #3 April 23,  2020

    Hello again.  Are you ready for more word puzzles?  See how many you can solve

    STAND            Man                Knee
        I                Board             LIGHTS


    And now for your riddle for the week...

    It is 7:00 in the morning and you are still sound asleep.  The doorbell rings, so you wake up and run to the door.  At the door you see three of your best friends who have invited themselves over for breakfast.  In your refrigerator you find bread, milk, juice, and a jar of jam.  In order to have a successful breakfast with your friends, what do you need to open first?  Make sure to explain your answer.  You can submit your answer to me by email or through your speech google classroom.  Good Luck!


    Week #2 April 16, 2020

    Here are a few more pictograms.  Can you figure them out?  If you are in Ms. Barbeau's social communication class you might recognize the first one.


    VA   DERS              XQQQME            ban   ana




    Now it's time for one of my favorite word problems.  Let me know if you can figure it out.


                           wolf             cabbage          goat             boat


    A farmer wants to cross a river and take with him a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage.
    There is a boat that can fit himself plus either the wolf, the goat, or the cabbage.
    If the wolf and the goat are alone on one shore, the wolf will eat the goat. If the goat and the cabbage are alone on the shore, the goat will eat the cabbage.

    How can the farmer bring the wolf, the goat, and the cabbage across the river?


    Week #1 April 1, 2020

    The first two puzzles are called rebus puzzles or pictograms.  Look at the word/letter combinations and see if you can decipher two familiar phrases.


    MOONCEON                 Sailing


    Now, put on your thinking cap to solve the following riddle:


    Someone's mother had four sons.  The first son is named North, the second is named South, and the third is named East.  What is the name of the fourth son. 


    When you figure out the name of all four sons, send your answer to me at kpace@everettsd.org.


    Good Luck, and Have Fun!