# 36J. There are 1200 elephants in a herd. Some have pink and green

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```36J. There are 1200 elephants in a herd. Some have pink and green stripes, some are
all pink and some are all blue. One third are pure pink. Is it true that 400 elephants are
definitely blue? Why?
ANSWER: No, 400 are pure pink, but the last 800 elephants can be made up of many
different # combinations of blue and pink/green elephants.
37J. Fill in each blank below with a word that fits the definition on the left when read
normally and that fits the definition on the right when read backward.
Skin blemishes _____ Dried grass
House animals ____ Part of a stair
Sailboats ______ Holders for thread
ANSWER: warts/straw; pets/step; spools/sloops
38J. At the local dress shop, the designer dresses of last season were reduced by 25
percent. Those that were left were then reduced by 10 percent. How much was a \$200
dress after the two reductions were applied?
ANSWER: \$135
(\$200–25%=\$150; \$150–10%=\$135)
39J. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters,
can be used to complete the sentence below?
The idle _______ of the youngest flower girl distracted the waiter
who was carrying the _______ that held the wedding cake.
ANSWER: prattle and platter
40J. Which is larger: the number of seconds in a week or the number of feet in 100
miles?
ANSWER: The number of seconds in a week (604,800) is larger than the number of
feet in 100 miles (528,000).
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